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Jan 13, 2020
By now you’ve likely read the news reports and seen the photos. Australia is being ravaged by the worst wildfires the country has seen in decades, with many areas devastated since the fires began in September of last year. Record-breaking temperatures, months of severe drought and strong winds have fueled a series of massive bushfires across the country that have torn through bushland, mountain forests and national parks. At least 24 people have died nationwide.  According to local news reports, more than 24 million acres have been burned, and even with firefighting assistance from countries… more
Jan 10, 2020
What lies ahead for 2020 and the new decade? We talked with a few experts to find out. Take a look at their 2020 trend predictions below. Then, connect with us on Twitter to let us know your take! Food & Beverage Dana Pellicano, Marriott’s vice president of food and beverage experience for the Americas, says we’ll see: Plant-based proteins everywhere. Products from brands like Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger will continue to grow in popularity and appear more frequently on meeting and event menus. For example, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis offers a Beyond Meat pasta Bolognese… more
Jan 08, 2020
The Corporate Event Marketing Association and PCMA are partnering to extend the reach and membership of their respective organizations. The two groups announced on Jan. 6 at PCMA Convening Leaders that they will work together to develop and share educational programming and content. PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat says that the main goal of the alliance is to elevate the education for both organizations. “PCMA has a commitment to bringing its members access to leading edge education and content that helps them deliver economic and social transformation through business events,” said… more
Jan 07, 2020
Philadelphia’s walkability, history and culinary ingenuity make the city appealing to corporate groups. Not just a historic meeting location, it’s also a foodie’s paradise, perfect for hosting memorable group meals.  The city is known for having one of the top restaurant communities in the U.S. In 2019, Israeli small-plate-driven Zahav took the James Beard Award for outstanding restaurant. And Cadence, an upscale American prix fixe BYO eatery, was named best new restaurant by Food & Wine magazine. “Philadelphia has been a captivating destination for meetings, conventions and events for… more
Jan 06, 2020
The Corporate Event News team has curated a short list of upcoming U.S.-based events that we think every corporate event professional should consider attending. PCMA Convening Leaders — Jan. 5-8, San Francisco Convening Leaders brings together approximately 5,000 event professionals each year. Now in its 53rd year (you heard that right), the event will be held in San Francisco for the first time in 20 years. Keynote speakers include visionary thinker Simon Sinek, Endeavor CMO Bozoma St. John and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Sign up for the livestream to catch the… more
Jan 03, 2020
PCMA Convening Leaders, the annual PCMA conference for event planners, is coming to San Francisco on Jan. 5-8, 2020. Not only does this mark a 20-year anniversary for the city — the last time Convening Leaders was held in San Francisco was 2001 — it is also perfectly timed to showcase the revamped and expanded Moscone Center. Convening Leaders draws approximately 5,000 attendees with a nearly even split between event planners and industry suppliers. The majority will be seeing the new version of Moscone for the first time. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Travel Association intends to show… more
Jan 02, 2020
Just 64 miles from Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport and 140 miles from Chicago O’Hare Airport, you’ll find Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The small Sheboygan County town has been a resort destination since the late 1800s, and in more recent years has become host to a number of events at The Osthoff Resort. The Osthoff’s roots date back to 1886, when the original Otto Osthoff’s Hotel was opened by German entrepreneurs Otto and Paulina Osthoff. In the century since, the grounds have changed hands several times. The current iteration of the resort dates to 1995. Today, the resort features a… more
Dec 30, 2019
As the year draws to a close, we’re focused on creating new content for the new year — which also means looking back at 2019. Our top five most-read articles run the gamut from reports to venues to events and trends. Two of them were published in 2018, showing that the news lifespan isn't limited to just a few weeks! Meetings & Events Future Trends Report Predicts 2019 Market Increase Newly Reopened Westin Carlsbad and Sheraton Carlsbad Bring New Direction for Corporate Events When Healthy Conference Foods Go Wrong — and How to Fix It Uber Unveils an Attractive… more
Dec 23, 2019
We wish you the happiest of holiday seasons, surrounded by family and friends. Our team will be taking some time off to enjoy our holidays as well, but will be back the week of December 30 (with the exception of New Year's Day) with our regular lineup of articles.  Our next weekly enewsletter will go out on Wednesday, January 8 (if you aren't getting it already, you can subscribe here). If you have some free time this week, why not fill in our year-end reader survey? Your responses to this short survey will help us deliver the types of information that you care about the most!   Take the… more
Dec 19, 2019
The all-male speaking panel — or “manel” — has received harsh criticism, with many speakers (both male and female) pledging to not participate in events where gender diversity is an issue. There’s even a Twitter handle (@allmalepanels) that seeks to both shame event organizers and draw more attention to the issue by calling out particularly egregious manels. Yet a new study from event technology provider Bizzabo shows that the event speaking landscape continues to be male-dominated, with male speakers outnumbering female speakers 2-to-1. And in industries like information technology and… more