News & Trends

What’s happening — or coming up next — in the meetings and events world and beyond.

What Is the Meetings Industry’s Biggest Challenge?

Every year, respondents to our annual Meetings Market Survey give answers to open-ended questions about the industry. Here are what they listed as the most pressing challenges in 2017.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2017

Convene’s 26th Annual Meetings Market Survey

Still trending upward, but at a slower pace than last year.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2017

What the Travel Ban Could Mean for Scientific Meetings

Scientific innovation requires global collaboration, say the co-signers of a letter opposing President Trump’s travel ban. ‘You shut the door to any particular group of people, and the world may look very different 40 years later.’

BY Christopher Durso February 21, 2017

Silence Really Is Golden

Research shows that short periods of quiet time help us process our experiences. Here’s what that means for events.

BY Michelle Russell February 17, 2017

How to Jump-Start Networking

What can urban planners teach meeting planners about creating environments that support conversation?

BY Barbara Palmer February 15, 2017

How Airbnb Open Is Changing the Attendee Experience

The peer-to-peer sharing platform has disrupted the hotel industry. Are meetings next?

BY David McMillin February 1, 2017

Inside Emojicon 2016, 1st Conference Designed Around ‘Picture Characters’

Emoji may be adorable, but with billions sent each year, they also carry enormous social, political, and cultural weight.

BY Barbara Palmer February 1, 2017

Are Meetings, Conventions Our Best Hope for Creating Change in World?

Events over the last year might have you wondering if the world is coming apart. A writer who has committed himself to giving back asks: Can meetings and conventions help put it back together?

BY Ken Budd February 1, 2017

How Meetings Can Bridge the Divide

We need a new set of arguments to reach across the political divide. Can meetings provide a neutral common ground to bring people together?

BY Michelle Russell January 31, 2017