Meetings and Events Coverage

Potential Slowdown Raises Concerns for Meetings Sector

Potential Slowdown Raises Concerns for Meetings Sector

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The meetings business tells a story about itself of strength and resilience, but sustainability and increased pressure on planners pose as obstacles to sustained growth.

4 days ago

Cvent Hitches Up With Wedding Spot to Boost Venue Business

Cvent Hitches Up With Wedding Spot to Boost Venue Business

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent remains committed to bringing new products to its customers through acquisitions. By diving into the U.S. market for weddings, the event tech giant hopes to keep its platform relevant despite the friction it creates for hotels and planners alike.

4 days ago

Events Sector Searches for Future at IMEX Frankfurt

Events Sector Searches for Future at IMEX Frankfurt

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Industry trade shows often act as a celebration of a sector's successes. A trip to IMEX Frankfurt, though, shows the meetings and events sector needs to embrace change instead of what has worked in the past.

4 days ago

Business Gets More Challenging for Planners

Business Gets More Challenging for Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Planners expect the uncertainty of an election year and difficulty working with venues to top the list of challenges they face in 2020. For now, business is good but becoming more complicated.

2 weeks ago

Meeting Planners Anticipate Rough Year in 2020

Meeting Planners Anticipate Rough Year in 2020

Chris Ryall, Skift

Tight budgets, competition, needy clients, last-minute requests, and unresponsive venues rise to the top of the list of challenges planners need to tackle in 2019. They anticipate tougher times next year.

2 weeks ago

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Present Challenge for Event Planners

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Present Challenge for Event Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Events offer a major opportunity to bring different kinds of people together. Planners need to do more to not just attract but also empower those who have been left out by the traditional paradigms of event design.

3 weeks ago

Cvent Research Points to Lasting Group Booking Slowdown

Cvent Research Points to Lasting Group Booking Slowdown

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Cvent's group booking research shows that consolidation and increased costs have likely caused the hot meetings market in North America to cool down on its platform. It could signal something bad for the sector on the horizon.

3 weeks ago

Planners Need Better Education to Create Diverse and Inclusive Events

Planners Need Better Education to Create Diverse and Inclusive Events

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Meetings and events should reflect the wider world, not just the insular sphere of corporate executives. Planners, though, need better education to create experiences that welcome a more diverse set of attendees.

3 weeks ago

Eventbrite’s Slow Ticketfly Integration Leads to Growing Losses

Eventbrite’s Slow Ticketfly Integration Leads to Growing Losses

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Eventbrite is getting slammed by investors as costs mount from integrating Ticketfly. The company's core ticketing business is strong, though. It needs to bring new event technology products to market once the Ticketfly quagmire ends.

3 weeks ago

Destinations Promote Secondary Neighborhoods to Event Planners

Destinations Promote Secondary Neighborhoods to Event Planners

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Event attendees may find it convenient to remain downtown during their business trips, but convention and visitors bureaus increasingly want them to spread out.

4 weeks ago

Event Planners See Opportunities Beyond Downtowns

Event Planners See Opportunities Beyond Downtowns

Rayna Katz, Skift

Convention and visitors bureaus promote all corners of their destinations to entice both planners and conference attendees, using both technology and tried-and-true marketing methods.

4 weeks ago

A Renewed Investor Focus on Event Technology

A Renewed Investor Focus on Event Technology

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As event technology companies continue to grow, they’re attracting interest from investors who see promise in the sector. The jury is still out on who will be the eventual winners in a super-fragmented global marketplace.

1 month ago