Written by CadmiumCD Contributor Pamela Shigeoka
Here are the top ten recent posts from around the web about events and how what’s going on outside the industry is affecting the industry itself. Let us know which articles you found the most useful last year in the comments!
The General Data Protection Regulation was big news in 2018. The European Union’s new law on data protection and privacy impacts not only European companies but companies worldwide who do business with EU citizens. In this article, Chris Eisenberg gives an overview of the basics of GDPR and how it will impact the events industry.
The events industry is a huge jobs creator and has an enormous impact on the U.S. economy. David McMillan sums up “The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy,” an updated report from Oxford Economics, the Events Industry Council, and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, looking at how events have contributed to the United States economy.
In related news, Cristi Kempf reported that business events contributed $1.5 trillion dollars into the world economy in 2017. This article goes over the Events Industry Council’s “Global Economic Significance of Business Events” study, which looks at exactly how the events industry has impacted the global gross domestic product.
The movement to live and run your businesses sustainably is moving forward at a rapid pace, and events are not immune to the need to reduce waste. In fact, events often produce a huge amount of waste, so it’s important to look for ways to run your events sustainably. Jessica Glenn offers tips for reducing event waste in this article for Trade Show News Network.
Current U.S. administration policies seem to be having a chilling effect on attendance of events by government-funded scientists. PCMA looks at the potential effects on international science conferences if U.S. government scientists find that they are not allowed to attend those events.
Every year, PCMA invites event professionals to contribute to their Annual Meetings Market Survey. The 27th annual survey shows that continued improvements in the economy are reflected in the events industry. Click through to Michelle Russell’s roundup to find out more about the survey’s results.
Nancy Mann Jackson looks at how President Trump’s tariffs are affecting various industries as business wait to see how the trade war will play out. The increased tariffs could reduce the number of exhibitors and attendees at U.S. events, as many industries are composed of a large percentage of international businesses.
On Equal Pay Day of 2018, Michelle Russell examined income inequality in the events industry, and how disproportionate gender distribution in top positions affect income levels.
In this article for Trade Show News Network, Corrine Turke looks into how event planners can leverage social media to promote their shows. Turke gives a short explanation of how destinations can use social media to engage with attendees and improve events.
Accessibility is exceptionally important in the events industry. According to research from BestCities Global Alliance, GainingEdge, and Rehabilitation International, universal accessibility is key to business growth, knowledge sharing, and increased competitiveness amongst destinations. Venues should follow best practices for accessibility, and events planners should make sure that the venues they choose follow those practices.
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