The events industry, hit particularly hard by the pandemic, is feeling the sting as business returns with a lack of talented professionals — on the planning and supplier sides — to pull off events.
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Meetings and Venues — ‘Everybody Is Having a Difficult Time Attracting Talent’
Four women who lead operations at global convention centers share their thoughts about how they and their venues are handling the talent challenge.
Expanding the Events Industry Talent Pipeline
While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the events industry to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, some faculty at hospitality schools are seeing a decline in interest. They have some suggestions to reverse this trend.
The New Events Staffing Landscape is ‘Unsustainable’
Event planners and suppliers say staff reductions have created additional responsibilities for those still on the job — and many are at the breaking point.
Wading In: Events Challenged With Another Complex Issue
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe. v. Wade, many event organizers find they have another contentious issue to handle.
Number of Indigenous-led Startups Growing; ‘We are Just Getting Started’
A new initiative at the Collision tech conference is expanding the community-centered impact and influence of Indigenous-led tech companies in Canada.
Staffing Agency CEO: It’s Time to ‘Think About Talent Differently’
Soundings CEO Tracy Judge expanded the business model of her staffing solutions agency and as a result attracted more independent meeting and event organizers.
Visual Arts — and Much More — Draw Thousands to Art Basel 2022
Art Basel returned to its June schedule for the first time since 2020, attracting 70,000 attendees to Messe Basel. The fair showed support for Ukraine by collaborating on special events in the city, and offered its first-ever night of music and other live performances.
How UFI’s Kai Hattendorf Helped Launch the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge
Nearly 200 events industry organizations in 2021 committed to a plan to reduce the carbon emissions created by the industry — a coalition that’s doubled in size since then. The PCMA Visionary Award honoree helped connect the dots in record time.
Meetings and Your Brain: Drawing a Joy Connection
In an experiment, a meeting session using the Piccles online drawing platform generated the greatest amount of happiness, validating research that connects drawing to decreased stress.
Navigating Rising AV Costs for Events: ’It’s Not 2019 Anymore’
Skyrocketing travel and equipment costs and a sudden talent shortage — pandemic-prompted trends have made affordable audiovisual services a challenge since the return of face-to-face events. Event organizers and suppliers talk about their pain points, how to mitigate costs, and the importance of communication.
How to Deal With 7 Curveballs Thrown at Event Organizers
Planning large conferences has gotten even more complicated. The pandemic and the subsequent Great Resignation have greatly reduced the number of skilled workers in hospitality and related industries. Here are seven areas to take into consideration.
Cross-team Collaboration — the Most Overlooked Event Strategy
Working together across all your teams and partners can help you attract more attendees. Here are some proven tips to create a unified effort.
Time to Fine-Tune Your Values Proposition
Over the past two years, it’s become apparent that not all event goers are created equal and that the values of our audiences are — or should be — influencing how we define our brands, operationalize best practices, and tell our stories.