September 2022

Cover illustration by Leandro Castelao

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DMOs Are Putting Accessibility on the Front Page

DMOs Visit Lauderdale and Experience Columbus have expanded their websites to make accessible restaurants, hotels, and attractions in their respective cities easier for visitors — and event organizers — to find.

BY Casey Gale September 9, 2022

How One Events Industry Professional Created Balance in Her Work Week

Dana Johnston was facing a problem familiar to many who responded to Convene’s Salary Survey: more work than can fit into a 40-hour week. Here’s what she did about it.

BY Barbara Palmer September 8, 2022

Is Work Flexibility a Bittersweet Benefit?

Some respondents to Convene’s 2022 Salary Survey said the increases in time saved by working remotely are being absorbed by the pandemic-era demands of the job.

BY Barbara Palmer September 8, 2022

Salary Survey 2022: What Do You Like Best, and Least, About Your Job?

In open-ended questions, planner respondents to the 2022 Convene Salary Survey shared how the pandemic has changed their roles and the industry as a whole — for better and for worse.

BY Barbara Palmer September 8, 2022

Business Events and Society: Divided We Fall

Business events shed light on complex issues of the day and can help make progress in bridging the political divide.

BY Sherrif Karamat September 2, 2022

GME 2022: Finding the Right Balance in San Francisco

Higher travel costs, employee shortages, and choosier meeting attendees were among the trends explored at the annual meeting of Accor Hotels sales teams and executives.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2022

Innovative Places to Work Find Success Through Events

According to a new list of the “100 Best Workplaces for Innovators,” events are key to retaining talent and organizational success.

BY Michelle Russell September 1, 2022

Animazement Conference: Much More Than Cosplay

The annual fan event celebrates — and educates attendees about — Japanese culture through the visual arts of anime, manga, and more.

BY Casey Gale August 30, 2022

‘Hybrid Events Are Here to Stay’

How the American Society of Hematology is leaning into a strategy that attracts both virtual and in-person audiences.

BY Michelle Russell August 29, 2022

Making the Business Case for Attending Events

It’s going to take some time to build conference attendance and corporate travel budgets back to 2019 levels. As we progress through the recovery, conference organizers — now more than ever — must help potential attendees justify their in-person participation in the event.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP August 29, 2022

Salary Transparency: One Way to Combat Gender Pay Inequity

Ask the “tallest, whitest dude” at your workplace what he gets paid, says one pay equity expert — but several studies indicate some generations are more comfortable with that approach than others.

BY Michelle Russell August 25, 2022

Peggy Daidakis Reflects on a Long Career in Venue Management

Peggy Daidakis, executive director of the Baltimore Convention Center and the first woman to lead a U.S. convention center, will officially retire in September.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 25, 2022

8 Ways to Put Your Event Content to Work

Before prospects will consider attending an event, they must first know it exists. Here are eight ways to use content to attract prospective attendees for an upcoming event, and to leverage the content you create on site for future prospects. 

BY Christine Johnson August 22, 2022

OVG360’s Shura Garnett on ‘Breaking Glass Ceilings’

The senior vice president of convention centers for OVG360 reflects on her career journey and challenges during the pandemic.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 18, 2022

Navigating How to Move Forward After the Dobbs Decision

When the Supreme Court took away the constitutional right to abortion in June, it threw a monkey wrench into many organizations’ plans to hold their events in about half of the United States. Events operate in an ecosystem, so PCMA convened a roundtable discussion on Aug. 8 among its constituents to begin exploring different approaches to a complex situation.

BY Michelle Russell August 15, 2022

What’s at the Heart of ‘Zoom Fatigue’

Smile for the camera? Requiring employee cameras to be turned on for video calls isn’t a great idea for everyone, recent research shows.

BY Barbara Palmer August 11, 2022

Overcoming Obstacles at Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex

Toni Gamez, the executive director at one of the largest convention facilities in Latin America, talks about the talent shortage and offers her best piece of advice for those considering a career in the business events industry.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 11, 2022

Greg O’Dell Steps Onto a Bigger Stage

Longtime Washington, D.C. events executive Greg O’Dell talks about what’s behind his move to OVG360.

BY Barbara Palmer August 4, 2022

Vienna Venture that Helps Elderly Bakers ‘Learned From Scratch’

The social enterprise in Austria’s capital will share its recipe for success over the last 10 years, including thriving during the pandemic, at Convening EMEA.

BY Michelle Russell July 21, 2022

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