Business Events Are Back, and so Are Budgets

American Express’s 2023 Global Meetings and Events Forecast predicts a strong rebound in meetings and events for next year, with a swift return to pre-pandemic volumes and a corresponding jump in budgets. After two years of travel restrictions, delayed incentive travel reward programs, and endless Zoom calls, most companies are expecting a massive surge in[…]

3 Event Contract Trends in 2022

If you thought event contracts were tricky before the pandemic, buckle up for even more complications. Force majeure Flexibility In 2020, executing the force majeure clause in a contract was fairly straightforward. The government had declared a lockdown due to the Covid pandemic, so there was no question that the following elements of force majeure[…]

What Event Planners Need to Know About Monkeypox

While the first cases of Monkeypox were reported in late April in Europe and the World Health Organization (WHO) called it a global health emergency at the end of July, it was the Biden-Harris Administration’s declaration of this being a public health emergency that got meeting and event planners to really take notice. President Biden[…]

Getting to the event on time

Pent-up demand, labor shortages, and canceled flights have created a summer of travel chaos. Delays, disruptions, and diversions are the new norm. Covid is still a reality, airport staffing is below capacity, and some airlines have threatened to or have gone on strike. For leisure travelers, this is bad news. For event planners and speakers,[…]

Don’t Let Climate Change Blow Your Event Away

Global warming has a far-reaching impact — events included. It is contributing to extreme weather which makes an event planner’s already tough job even tougher. It’s essential to have a disaster preparedness plan in place to deal with extreme weather. According to a UN report, greenhouse gas emissions are at their highest level in two[…]

10 Tips for Returning to In-Person Events

Returning to face-to-face meetings after two years of canceled conferences and way too many Zoom calls? Getting back to normal, or at least moving ahead with the new normal, may be a relief, but the world of meetings and events is far from business as usual. Here are a few ways to cope with re-entry.[…]

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[…]