What Business Events Pros Learned from the Pandemic

The pandemic forced massive innovation for the business events industry after an initial swirl of false starts and stops, event postponements, meeting cancellations, massive layoffs, and upended traditional business models.

Meetings Industry Forecast 2021

Smaller, more regional meetings are expected to lead a slow recovery as hotels face a prolonged struggle.

"In a year that has forced us to stretch the definition of "planning," predicting anything seems fraught with peril. But even amid uncertainty, we must prepare to meet, be it via technology or face-to-face — or, most likely, a combination of the two. Although the outlook is subject to change frequently, surveys and brave prognosticators do paint a picture of what we can expect from the coming year and beyond..."

To read the full article visit https://www.meetings-conventions.com/News/Industry/meetings-industry-hotel-forecast-2021?oly_enc_id=1127F4668190C7V

Making Diversity a Priority in the Meetings Industry

Following the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, Black members of the meetings industry speak out about their experiences and what needs to happen to make real changes.

"In 1983, there were no Black CEOs of convention and visitor bureaus, according to the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals. Fast forward 37 years, and that number has improved only marginally..."

To read the full article visit https://www.northstarmeetingsgroup.com/News/Industry/Black-Lives-Matter-diversity-meeting-planners-events?oly_enc_id=1127F4668190C7V

9 Event Trends to Watch in 2021

In a time of upheaval, expect these meetings industry movements to pick up steam in the coming year.

"As this difficult year comes to a close, we have more questions than answers about what's ahead for the meetings industry. Much is dependent on the trajectory of Covid-19. But one thing is certain: We are all eager to get back together. Following are 9 trends to count on in 2021..."

To read the full article visit https://www.successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/Meetings-Events/meeting-event-trends-2021-hotels-food-cvbs-technology?oly_enc_id=1127F4668190C7V

9 Ways the Pandemic Will Change Travel in 2021

As 2020 ends, and with vaccination against the coronavirus ramping up, would-be travelers wonder what they can expect in the coming year, and beyond.

The travel world has been on a roller coaster in 2020. Even as vaccination campaigns started in the United States and Europe, countries slammed shut their borders to visitors from the United Kingdom, because of a new strain of the coronavirus. And while the number of people flying in the United States is again on the rise — topping 1 million a day on the weekend before Christmas — a patchwork of quarantine and testing regulations remains in place in many parts of the country...

To read the full article visit https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/travel/flight-cancellations-cruise-ships-covid-vaccine.html?referringSource=articleShare

Lauren Kramer receives 2019 PCMA Visionary Award

Lauren accepted the PCMA Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Visionary Award on May 7, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. “PCMA's Visionary Awards celebrated many accomplished individuals in the hospitality industry. I was delighted to be included as the Educator Honoree and to share the evening with cherished friends and colleagues.

All Visionary Award event proceeds benefit the PCMA Foundation, which empowers professionals and advances innovations in the business events industry.

PCMA Honors Lauren Kramer with 2019 Visionary Award

Meeting Priorities founder is the Educator Honoree.

In the press release, Meredith Rollins, Executive Director of the PCMA Education Foundation said “PCMA is proud to celebrate another outstanding group of individuals whose leadership and influence has positively impacted their peers and the business events industry.”

PCMA sited Lauren's "advocacy for face-to-face events, her passion for mentoring and significant experience with developing educational program formats and global business event management made her an ideal recipient for the Educator award. She is the Founder and Principal of Meeting Priorities, LLC. Meeting Priorities has served clients in many facets of the business events industry from developing unique program delivery methods, onsite management, back end results analysis, future planning and more. An active PCMA member for many years, she has served on the PCMA Board of Directors and as Chair of PCMA Convening Leaders. Kramer is also a founding member of the Legacy Society as well as the Capital Chapter where she served as president."

Congratulations, Lauren!

To read the full press release, visit https://www.pcma.org/press_release/pcma-announces-2019-visionary-awards-honorees-and-finalists/.