Designing conferences to solve participants’ problems

Conferences that Work

For example, we designed and held some of the earliest hybrid meetings, and introduced the meeting industry to peer conferences, gamification, improv, sustainability issues, and many other, now common, meeting components. What makes attending conferences worthwhile?

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London welcomes in 2021 with message of thanks and hope

Event Industry News

London welcomed in 2021 with a spectacular city-wide display, sending a message of thanks and hope to the nation and the world. The show ended with Sir David Attenborough giving a call to action and message of hope for a sustainable future.

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2021 Virtual-Conference Big Ideas

Velvet Chainsaw

In 2020, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors were more forgiving of our virtual conferences than they will be in 2021. So the big question to ponder for 2021 and beyond is: Will those — especially global and non-members — who’ve attended virtual events this year return?

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Meeting the Challenge of Hybrid Events

PCMA Convene

Hybrid meetings have clear benefits like greater sustainability, nearly unlimited global reach, and the relative ease of including speakers who are unable to travel to the physical meeting location that will persist long after the pandemic has died down.

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Reed Exhibitions announces $1 million 5 year commitment to black and ethnic minority charities

Event Industry News

Reed Exhibitions has today announced its commitment to donate $1M over the next five years to selected charity partners around the world who are working to improve inclusivity and diversity in their local communities by supporting social change, fighting injustice and fostering development.

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Government-backed cancellation insurance “critical” for UK festival comeback

Event Industry News

Uncertainty prevailed at a Live Music Festivals Committee meeting this morning, with industry representatives calling for a clear message about when, and if, it will be safe to reopen; to start selling tickets for outdoor events in 2021.

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Lift off for the South Coast Events Forum

Event Industry News

From award-winning event organisers to industry-leading event suppliers, the forum brings together the very best event professionals from across the South Coast with a combined aim to re-emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with a more unified, collaborative and sustainable offer.

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Industry veterans launch new live music promotion company – LUMINESCENT

Event Industry News

We just can’t wait to build on Luminescent, work with artists and individuals that we both love and creatively respect, support the music community, be sustainable and do it our way.”.

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mia urges government to provide clarity

Event Industry News

Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia, said: “While the highly-documented rise in COVID-19 cases left many expecting the worst over the festive period, the industry is now faced with the fact that business will be stalled well beyond Q3 2021. “We

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Virtual Conferences: The 2021 Guide


Welcome to your guide for virtual conferences in 2021. More Sustainable. This makes them a much more sustainable event compared to their in-person counterparts. Discover best practices for launching a virtual conference, engaging your audience, and more.

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Our Picks for the Business Event Trends of 2021

PCMA Convene

As the business events industry — and everyone else — says good riddance to 2020, the editors at <i>Convene</i> consider the business events industry trends they’ll be watching in 2021. We’ll get a taste of that at PCMA Convening Leaders 2021 , Jan.

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A Hybrid Event Playbook for 2021

PCMA Convene

Event strategists should think about designing their 2021 events based on four different “domains:” live hub, Live remote, virtual, and digital, or social media. None of these “one-offs” will sustain you for the long term.

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5 Tips to organise your event in 2021


The Event Industry saw many changes and painful cancellations in 2020, but it doesn’t mean the perfect event isn’t possible in 2021. With COVID-19 ravaging through event plans in 2020, making sure your guests are safe is the number one priority going into 2021. Sustainability Is Key. Sustainability will continue to be a major trend the coming years and the Events Industry will need to adapt accordingly.

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Virtual Events 2021: The #1 List of Virtual Events and Conferences


The most authoritative list of 2021 virtual events and conferences on the internet. Planners have already made their intentions clear, with 93% of event marketers already planning to incorporate virtual events into their strategy in 2021 and beyond. JANUARY 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS.

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“Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships will increase in 2021”

Event Industry News

HBAA board and senior management share their predictions for 2021. Collaboration and consolidation will be key trends for the business events, accommodation and meetings industry in 2021, according to the HBAA. Sustainability opportunities.

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5 BIG Event Industry Trends You Need to Watch Out For in 2021

Hubilo Blog

Here are some of the event trends you should be mindful of in 2021: . This trend will continue for the most part of 2021, with digital remaining a major component of the event strategy. Remember, it may be 2021 but it’s not game over for apps.

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First details released of IBTM Asia Pacific 2021

Event Industry News

Global meetings and events industry trade show organiser, IBTM has announced first details of its rescheduled IBTM Asia Pacific, which will take place from 13 – 14 April 2021 in Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The 2021 event will be themed, ‘inventing the future’ and will provide the platform and tools to reshape and rebuild our industry. Our priority is to ensure that Singapore can re-open safely and sustainably for visitors to return again.

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The Complete Smarties Guide to Mastering the Return to Meetings


On the upside, most thought 2021 would be a better year. It’s easy to package a sandwich or a cookie as a safe single serving, but how can a kitchen serve up memories in ways that are safe and sustainable against the ongoing threat of a very contagious, potentially fatal respiratory disease?

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What Can We Expect for Meetings and Events Next Year?

PCMA Convene

American Express’s 10th annual Global Meetings and Events Forecast offers insights into what the industry can expect in 2021. Probably in late 2021. Most respondents reported that they expect to hold their next in-person event in the second half of 2021.

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Expos Don’t Work Well in a Virtual Environment

Velvet Chainsaw

In the February 2019 issue of Convene, I wrote about Why the Sustainability of the Trade-Show Business Model is in Question. It will be interesting to see how virtual CES 2021 addresses these challenges! Virtual Expo Truths.

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Virtual Events: 4 Ways to Raise the Bar

PCMA Convene

In 2021, virtual event planners will have go beyond plugging their old face-to-face meeting agendas into a virtual platform. The big question to ponder for 2021 and beyond is: Will those — especially global and non-members — who’ve attended virtual events in 2020 return?

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Marriott Bans Those Hotel Toiletries You Love to Take


Other brands are making environmentally friendly changes, as well: InterContinental Hotels Group says it will replace travel-sized tubes with larger toiletries starting in 2021. Corporate Social Responsibility Travel ban best bottles containers earth eco Events friendly Green group Hotels How To intercontinental law marriott meetings mini nationwide planet plastic recycle reduce remove replace reuse shampoo single sustainable Tips toiletries tools top usa use

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GEI launches it’s 13th edition – And this time it’s virtual!

Event Industry News

Registration is now open for the Green Events & Innovations Conference 2021, and this time it’s virtual. The 13th edition of the essential conference for sustainability in events will take place online on Tuesday 2 March 2021.

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Spotlight: The Present & Future of Events with Tahira Endean


It's not just thinking about sustainability but thinking end-to-end, cradle-to-grave circular economy. Not back to that place of non-sustainable tourism meetings and events. What do you see as you look to 2021 and beyond?

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We’re Investing $138M in the (Hybrid) Future of Events


Alongside the understanding that in-person can’t be replaced, we’ve learned to embrace the huge benefits virtual has to offer when it comes to reach, personalization, efficiencies, environmental sustainability, and more.

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Prague introduces new ban on plastics at city-sponsored events

Event Industry News

City officials have urged organisers to use washable and reusable resources such as wood, glass, porcelain and metal in a bid to encourage sustainability. In Britain, over 60 independent festivals have committed to ban single-use plastics by 2021, with several already outlawing plastic straws, cups and even plastic glitter. The European Parliament recently approved a law to ban all single-use plastics in the European Union by 2021.

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#WeCreateExperiences go live

Event Industry News

The campaign planning work started in September and is aiming to launch before the end of the year, subject to the prevailing national situation and any developments in relation to the consumer/business market guidance for events re-opening into 2021.

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The Green Gathering receives lifeline grant from £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Event Industry News

billion Culture Recovery Fund, to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure the award-winning Green Gathering festival has a sustainable future. The Green Gathering has been awarded £50,000 by Arts Council England as part of the government’s £1.57

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Co-op reaffirms its commitent to live music industry with new festival partnership

Event Industry News

Kendal Calling’s pop-up store will stock all the festival essentials, fresh food, beer and drink to keep revellers topped up throughout the weekend in 2021. Standby for more exciting updates on Kendal Calling 2021 coming soon!”

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National Running Show scoops two industry Excellence Awards

Event Industry News

The judges said that it was an inspiring and inclusive show with something for everyone covering all elements of the running world and a focus on sustainability. The National Running Show South will be at Farnborough International, 5-6 Jun 2021.

The Ultimate Venue Guide 2020

Event Industry News

In the meantime, with enquiries for Q3/Q4 and 2021 significantly up on this time last year, UK venues are prepared to provide a physical/ virtual/hybrid platform for events of every shape and priority. Conference News Exhibition News Featured Features Guides News UK and Europe #venuesourcing Conference venues Event venues meeting venues sustainable venues Ultimate Venue Guide venues venues in London

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EVCOM release new diversity and inclusion commitment & new code of ethics

Event Industry News

We will offer free membership to agencies that are led by black individuals or teams, and to black freelancers until the end of 2021. We will only work with venues and suppliers that have strong CSR credentials and that share a commitment to sustainable events.

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AGF congratulates the only 4 Festivals that took place and received A Greener Festival Award in 2020

Event Industry News

Participants in the AGF awards, a leading kite mark of sustainable events, undergo a detailed evidence-based assessment throughout the whole event process including self-assessment, independent site visits, and post event proof and analysis.

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ICE research shows positive future for events

Event Industry News

The research contains many bright spots, in what has been a difficult year for the events industry, but shows that, despite the massive disruptions to event programmes, events will enter 2021 higher valued by business.

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Venues at Northumbria Join Lime Venue Portfolio

Event Industry News

Venues at Northumbria join the portfolio on its ‘Lite Package’ and are taking bookings for events from Easter 2021 and beyond. We’re really excited about the work the brand is doing around food quality, sustainability and waste, all of which sit well with the values of our own venues.”.

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UK festivals turn to eco-friendly sparkles in bid to ban plastic glitter

Event Industry News

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has committed to banning single-use plastic from their events by 2021 and has created the Drastic on Plastic initiative to outlaw supplies such as plastic drinks bottles, cable ties and plastic toiletries bottles from festival sites. The intention to increase sustainability at festivals has now put glitter squarely in the firing line.

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A first for the events industry: OnePlan to launch event site planning in 3D and 3D+

Event Industry News

Major festivals, including Glastonbury and more, are also using OnePlan’s innovative technology for their events, as they plan ahead for the likely return of festivals in 2021.

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B2B events set to bounce back strongly after COVID-19, reveals survey of senior marketeers

Event Industry News

A ‘return to normal’ is expected from February-March 2021. Most B2B marketeers expect a ‘return to normal’ from February/March 2021 onwards; signposted by the availability of a vaccine. Sustained absence of events has left B2B marketeers itching to move out of the Zoom lobby and back onto the expo floor.’

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Hotels’ Dilemma: Brain Drain in Convention Services?


The longer that corporate travel is curtailed due to Covid-19—just this week, pharma giant Pfizer extended its employee travel ban through June 30, 2021—the longer it will take for in-person business events to resume.

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Hybrid Events: Unravelling New Opportunities


What to expect in 2021 and beyond? Hybrid events play an important role in upping the industry’s sustainability efforts. As the industry prepares to come back stronger than ever, there is a need to rethink event formats in a post-COVID world.

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