PCMA Releases Updated Business Events Compass 3.0

Global business event participant demand research turns positive as vaccine distribution commences

CHICAGO, Illinois, USA, January 12, 2021 – PCMA today released an executive summary of the December 2020 update to Business Events Compass, an actionable framework of insights and strategies for business event professionals and their business partners for the pandemic and beyond. Takeaways from the updated research include:

  • Recovery is coming: Twenty-eight percent of business event survey respondents now expect a greater than ten percent increase in their 2021 face-to-face business event participation, relative to 2019 levels. This compares to ten percent in October. In Asia-Pacific, 39 percent of participants expect a ten percent or greater increase in 2021 face-to-face participation. Comparables for the Americas and EMEA are twenty-three percent and twenty-four percent respectively.
  • Digital event preferences are growing: As the pandemic continues, participants are becoming more comfortable with digital platforms as a viable option. Thirty percent of participants reported that a key reason for their expected change in face-to-face participation was that they “prefer digital events.” This compares to 18 percent in October and likely reflects continued improvements in digital event technology and available provider partners.

Compass now points to a light at the end of the tunnel,” said PCMA president and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE. “And business events will be a vital part of the restoration of economic and social well-being in a post-pandemic world. It won’t be easy, and it won’t be the same but our role in bringing people and ideas together to create opportunities will be foundational.”

PCMA is holding Convening Leaders 2021 January 11 -15. Launching from PCMA’s global broadcast center at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Convening Leaders 2021 will offer a combination of streaming broadcast TV (with a live studio audience in some locations), digital community-building and face-to-face experiences through PCMA’s Official Network Partners.

When and How to Get More Information on the Full Report

The new Executive Summary of the of the PCMA Foundation–funded report — Business Events Compass 3.0 — is available free of charge on the PCMA website to all members ($49 USD to non-members) as well as to all participants at Convening Leaders 2021. The full report will be available next week.




PCMA Insights is PCMA’s in-house consulting practice that helps destinations and brands accelerate economic and social transformation through business events. PCMA Insights draws upon its rich collection of industry data and trends, thought-leadership research and best practices to develop actionable recommendations that drive performance for its global clients.

The role of the Foundation of PCMA is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the business events industry. Annually the Foundation funds over $600K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 1,600 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.5M in charitable giving.

For media queries from the Americas and EMEA and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact:
Meghan Risch

For Asia Pacific media inquiries, please contact:
Jessica Kauffman, Senior Account Manager, ZADRO

About PCMA

PCMA believes that business events can economically and socially transform communities, enterprises and individuals. As the world’s largest platform for business events strategists and their business partners, PCMA’s success is driven by a commitment to providing provocative executive-level education, face-to-face networking and business intelligence to its membership of 8,400 professionals and students and global audience of over 100,000 business event stakeholders.

Through its Ascent leadership initiative to promote inclusion and diversity across the business events industry and beyond, PCMA seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disabilities to find success.

Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries and regional offices in Northern Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Visit us at pcma.org or on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.