Apr 11, 2022
Event planners interested in creating more engaging events with the help of new technologies and strategies can join the Event Leadership Institute’s first Innovation & Engagement Summit, set for April 20 and kicking off at 11 a.m. EDT. During this half-day virtual event, participants will have a chance to gain insights from A-list industry leaders and speakers about future trends, evolving event technologies and innovative engagement tools that can help them reinvent and reimagine events.  Presented in partnership with Meeting Professionals International, the online experience will also… more
Mar 31, 2022
After two challenging years, there’s no doubt that the meetings and events industry could use an industry-wide celebration to commemorate and honor the return of in-person experiences. And what better way to celebrate the industry’s renaissance than by joining Meeting Professional International (MPI)’s fifth annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID): Virtual Experience, broadcasting live April 7 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT.  As an annual international day of advocacy that shines a light on the positive impact that conferences, conventions and trade shows have on people, businesses and the… more
Mar 29, 2022
Global Experience Specialists (GES), a leading global provider of exhibition services, brand experiences and live event services, debuted Spiro, an integrated marketing solutions agency that aims to deliver uniquely elevated experiences for the new era of events, including virtual, hybrid and in-person formats.  “The past two years have reinforced the critical value of events and experiences in connecting people,” said Jeff Stelmach, global president of Spiro. “[Today], it’s not about meeting people with similar interests in a single location—it’s about people with similar interests meeting… more
Mar 21, 2022
Event and meetings industry media company BizBash is launching a think tank designed to help create a roadmap for the future of the meetings and events industry.  A major component of the BizBash Live springtime program, the new BizBash Leadership Summit will take place May 22-24 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, alongside the Connect Spring Marketplace at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. Designed to be an intimate gathering for industry thought leaders to share ideas and resources to power the next generation of events, the high-level event is expected to attract approximately 30 executives from… more
Mar 11, 2022
The U.S. Travel Association led a delegation of 11 travel industry leaders to Washington, D.C., March 8 for a roundtable discussion with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves on ways to bolster the industry’s recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion centered on promoting safe business and professional travel and identifying opportunities to help all aspects of the travel and tourism sector, including professional meeting and events, fully and evenly recover. At the meeting, Graves voiced his support for the industry, saying the U.S. Department of Commerce will… more
Mar 02, 2022
A growing number of events industry organizations are condemning the acts of aggression on Ukraine, with some suspending business activities with Russia.  IMEX Group, Messe Frankfurt, Messe Düsseldorf, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Events Industry Council (EIC) are among the entities that have issued statements on the conflict showing support for the people of Ukraine and denouncing the Russian invasion. IMEX Group IMEX Group suspended Russian businesses from attending its IMEX Frankfurt show, which is scheduled for May… more
Feb 25, 2022
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) recently published the 2022 edition of its Winter Meetings Outlook, revealing signs of positivity for the industry’s full recovery as well as complications expected as a result of societal shifts that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. The future-focused quarterly outlook identifies trends and innovations, allowing event professionals to budget and plan accordingly and ensuring a strong foundation for building sound strategies that keep businesses on the path to success. According to the report, a balancing market reveals signs of positive… more
Feb 11, 2022
As the industry continues to emerge from the pandemic and increasingly hold in-person gatherings, ASM Global, featuring the largest portfolio of convention centers, arenas, stadiums and theaters in the world, will hold an ambitious, three-day virtual job fair to hire 1,000 employees at 100 of its venues.    The international, collaborative event, titled ASM Presents: The Next Great Opportunity, will take place online Feb. 15-17, with representation from venues in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Aimed at addressing the global staffing shortages that have challenged the… more
Feb 09, 2022
U.S. Travel Association leaders outlined a path forward during the organization’s annual State of the Industry Address Feb. 2, highlighting the progress made since March 2020, while emphasizing critical areas of importance to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels—including business travel and face-to-face events. “The worst of the pandemic is truly behind us, but there is a lot of work ahead,” said U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow, underscoring the $730 billion in cumulative travel spending losses since the pandemic began. While the domestic leisure travel segment has largely… more
Jan 21, 2022
While it may have been tempting to sit out an in-person show at the start of this year due to concerns about the Omicron variant, attendees and exhibitors of Convening Leaders 2022 (CL22) stayed the course, just as Sherrif Karamat, president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), urged in a statement the week before the event. “Our industry and our businesses can and will move forward,” he said. “How this happens, it is up to us—all of us. Our audiences need us more than ever. This is our time.” With open arms, Karamat welcomed roughly 2,500 eager face-to-face… more