In the wake of the pandemic’s disruptions, convention centers are going all in on human-centered needs — plus broadcast capabilities, nature, and outdoor spaces — to bring back groups.
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World Championship of Magic Conjures Thousands of Attendees
The International Federation of Magic Societies event, taking place every three years, offers attendees masterclass education, workshops, lectures, and a competition involving various forms of stage and close-up magic.
A Sweet Meet for the American Association of Candy Technologists
The American Association of Candy Technologists’ Technical Seminar 2021 featured tricks of the trade and an Iron Chef-inspired candy-making competition.
Holograms Are Giving Events the ‘Beam Me Up’ Experience
Holograms — 3D-image projections — are increasingly making their way into corporate headquarters and onto stages for conferences. Here’s what the technology can and can’t do. Yet.
Room Set: A Light Show at the Oklahoma City Convention Center
Oklahoma City Convention Center’s award-winning light sculpture blends technology and art and reflects its locale in an ever-changing way.
Force Majeure: Negotiating a Common Clause in Uncommon Times
Surges in COVID-19 cases caused by variants and the difficulties of predicting in-person attendance continue to make it challenging for organizers to know if or when to postpone, cancel, or try to renegotiate the terms of an in-person event. Here’s a legal perspective.
New Chief Diversity Officer on ‘Complex’ Task Ahead
Just one day after she officially started as Destinations International’s inaugural chief diversity officer, Sophia Hyder Hock chatted with Convene. Here’s what she brings to the CVB industry and where she’ll be focusing on making an impact.
Increase Event Attendance by Increasing Web Traffic
Three things to keep in mind about your event prospects’ expectations when they land on your website.
Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis: How the Events Industry is Helping
The number of events, travel, and hospitality industry groups that have condemned Russia’s attacks on Ukraine continues to grow — while more event venues in Europe convert their facilities to house the millions of Ukrainians escaping the ravages of war.
5 Tips to Develop a Plan for Optimizing Event Registration
If you had a major meeting in Q1 or Q2 of 2022, you’ve likely had some sleepless nights, thanks to your registration pacing. Here’s some help for that.
How a Pandemic Problem Helped Innovate a GMID Program
After a year off due to COVID-19 in 2020, PCMA’s Capital Chapter switched its Hill Day advocacy event last year to virtual appointments with lawmakers and invited other PCMA chapters to lead the meet-ups — thereby increasing the number of participants and appointments. The chapter is building on that momentum for this year’s virtual Hill Day.
PCMA EduCon Speaker Ryan Leak: Turn Your Stumbles into Successes
The leadership expert, coach, and author of Chasing Failure: How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success says it’s better to own our blunders and move on — even when we mess up in a public way.
Why Fixing a Gender Imbalance Won’t Fix Gender Bias
An analysis of industries with more female than male workers — including the meetings industry — shows that gender inequities persist even when female employees are in the majority.
Capturing ‘Lightning in a Bottle’ Event Data
When COVID-19 forced the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) to make Global Pet Expo a digital experience in 2021, show management learned valuable lessons about data capture that it has put into practice at its in-person show.