Maria Lenhart is an award-winning writer and editor specializing in travel and event industry topics. A former senior editor at Meetings & Conventions and Meetings Today, her work has appeared in Skift, The Meeting Professional, BTN, Travel Market Report, AAA Traveler, Travel+Leisure and many other publications.
Best Practices for Vaccination and Testing Requirements at Events
With constantly changing guidelines and inconsistent government mandates, handling Covid testing and vaccination requirements at live events is a complex challenge fraught with potential legal minefields. Here’s what veteran event planners and legal experts recommend.
Hybrid Events – 15 Mistakes to Avoid
While hybrid events may be the solution for providing both in-person and virtual choices for attendees, they also come with a new set of pitfalls for planners. While it was always challenging enough to satisfy the needs of one audience, now there are two audiences, often with radically different needs from one another, to keep […]
Sham Conferences: Has the Pandemic Made Them Worse?
Predatory conferences are bogus events that exist to sell tickets using everything from shoddy registration pages to unconfirmed speakers. With the flush of virtual events during the pandemic, the situation may be getting worse.
What is the Hybrid City Alliance? Should You Care?
The new Hybrid City Alliance is designed to enable far-flung destinations to join forces for multi-hub hybrid events, but many top destinations are noticeably absent and it’s not clear exactly what has changed about member service offerings. Is it a timely and necessary solution or just a commitment to continue offering the same services?
Live Exhibitions Are Returning, Helped by Virtual: New Research
Encouraging vaccine rollouts have exhibition event organizers in many areas determined to go back onsite. However, they’ll need exhibitors on board. Against a backdrop of new variants and virtual alternatives, will they come back? Here’s what the data says.
How Vaccine Inequities Are Hurting International Events
Could successful vaccine rollouts in countries with strong domestic markets for trade shows and other events put a damper on resuming international events? While event executives are optimistic about a rebound in international travel, they also see factors favoring a greater shift toward local and regional events.
Rising Production Costs and Labor Shortages Are Holding Back Live Events Recovery
In-person events are making a comeback, but happy days are not quite here again. Labor shortages and rising costs are straining event planning budgets and putting a damper on the resurgence.
Wikimania Virtual Event Uses Multilingual Content to Break Down Global Barriers
In a scenario all too familiar to event organizers during the pandemic, the Wikimedia Foundation’s annual conference set to meet in Bangkok in 2020 was cancelled and rescheduled for the same venue this year. As the pandemic dragged on, those plans had to be scrapped as well, forcing organizers to announce that Wikimania 2021 would […]