Event Contract Negotiations in 2022 Are a Whole New Game

Crafting the right attrition and cancellation clauses in event contracts is more important than ever. Despite continued uncertainty, planners can no longer count on the low rates and flexibility hotels offered at the height of the pandemic. Contract experts share their advice on how best to negotiate in the current climate.  Being a smart negotiator[…]

The Impact on Events From Rising Fuel Costs

The price of gas is through the roof. How will that affect event planning in 2022? Just as the in-person event industry is starting to recover, it is being hit with rising prices across the board, but nowhere is the surge more glaring than with fuel. While the event industry may not be the only[…]

9 Travel Trends Impacting Events Right Now

Business Travel May Never Recover to 2019 Levels “We stand to lose 20 to 25 percent of international business travel forever,” said Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of Accor Group. These are not words that anyone connected with business travel wants to hear. The travel industry seems to be adapting to this updated outlook and[…]

Top Event Tech Priorities and Pain Points for Planners in 2022

Event planners may be more familiar with event tech than ever, but the rapid pace of innovation means that tech literacy is a moving target. To understand what planners need from event tech in 2022, we spoke to some of today’s most influential event profs. The past two years have been a roller coaster ride[…]

Why Omicron Won’t Undo All the Progress on Covid-19 for Events

The recent emergence of Omicron, a new Covid variant of concern, has sent shockwaves through global markets and led to the WTO conference being postponed days ahead of the planned meeting in Geneva. How concerned should event planners be? With the Delta variant already overwhelming hospitals in Europe and the threat of a new, potentially[…]

9 Key Stats That Define the Event Industry Right Now

With in-person events taking place right now across the United States and Europe, it’s important to monitor the current opportunities and challenges facing event professionals. These nine stats are based on fresh data from our own survey and represent the most up-to-date industry data right now. These are the key stats that represent a snapshot[…]

Best Practices for Vaccination and Testing Requirements at Events

With constantly changing guidelines and inconsistent government mandates, handling Covid-19 testing and vaccination requirements at live events is a complex challenge fraught with potential legal minefields. Here’s what veteran event planners and legal experts recommend.  With all the uncertainty caused by emerging Covid variants, constantly shifting CDC recommendations and divergent government mandates, particularly in[…]

Your Hybrid Event Team Checklist

Event planners are navigating a new frontier of delivering successful hybrid events. But what mix of technical and creative expertise do event teams need to do this successfully? We share seven key players you need in your hybrid event team. Unfamiliar formats, evolving technologies, new health and safety measures, content curation and ongoing attendee engagement[…]

Live Exhibitions Are Returning, Helped by Virtual: New Research

Encouraging vaccine rollouts have exhibition event organizers in many areas determined to go back onsite. However, they’ll need exhibitors on board. Against a backdrop of new variants and virtual alternatives, will they come back? Here’s what the data says. Trade shows have had a rough go of virtual, forcing many sponsors and exhibitors to re-evaluate[…]

How Can the Events Industry Forge a Gender Equal World?

US Government data from 2018 states the role of “meeting, convention and event planners” to be 79.5% female and 20.5% male, yet the average salary for males is $50,531 but only $46,526 for females — a 8.6% difference. The salary difference may be explained by the fact that the balance shifts to being male dominated[…]