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4 Ways the Pandemic is Changing Event F&B

Convening Leaders speakers share strategies to help planners adapt food-and-beverage programs to meet safety requirements — and keep participants happy and well fed.

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A Gray Area: Virtual Exhibits and Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)  

Two attorneys who represent associations suggest that when it comes to whether income received from virtual-only trade shows is subject to taxation, we’re in a gray area. And that may be preferable to the alternative — a clear ruling that is not favorable to nonprofits. Here’s what you need to know. (A PCMA White Paper)

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This Virtual Medical Convention Didn’t Skimp on Production

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual in-person National Conference and Exhibition puts on a show each year, mixing entertainment with content and bringing “emotion to science.” How did they accomplish that with their 2020 all-virtual event?

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Designing a Digital-First Event Experience

Held last month in Sydney, PCMA’s Convening Asia Pacific: Global Recovery Forum provides a few lessons in hybrid event experience design that prioritize safety for in-person attendees and interactivity for digital participants.


Why Virtual Events Require More Planning Time

The American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 2020 annual meeting offers a case-study example of how giving yourself enough time to plan a virtual event is critical to its success.

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Virtual Events: 4 Ways to Raise the Bar

In the second half of 2020, many virtual conferences grew attendance, attracting global and non-member participants. Part of this growth — which improves reach and brand for organizers — can be attributed to significantly reduced registration pricing. 

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What to Do About the Virtual Exhibit Hall

The American Society of Anesthesiologists decided to deemphasize the exhibit hall portion of its online annual meeting and create “engagement packages” for sponsors instead.


SHOT Show Aims for Hybrid Event in January in Las Vegas

SHOT Show organizers are making plans to host the annual trade show in the new exhibit hall at Caesar’s Forum and the Sands Expo and Convention Center — providing the state lifts its current ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people.