Meetings No 27
Boost Your Brain with Face-to-Face Meetings
Atti Soenarso on new research regarding the human meeting.
Cover Story
Time to Show How Business Events Can Help Develop Societies Going Forward
PCMA’s CEO Sherrif Karamat wants to position the industry’s questions on future growth.
Psychological Meetings
On What Do We Build Our Knowledge and on What Do We Base Our Beliefs?
Hans Gordon on how enlightened and rational we really are.
Expedia Sells Egencia to American Express Global ­Business Travel
A deal that was perhaps unlikely just one year ago.
We Have an Extraordinary Journey Ahead of Us in This Industry
Denzil Rankine, AMR International on the here and now and the there and then.
To Boldly Go …
Don’t be afraid to boldly go where others haven’t. You may find yourself ending up right at home.
Becoming SMART: A Destinations’ Journey
This is a people-to-people business. Period.
The Impacts of the Pandemic on European Convention Bureaus
Survey of 134 convention bureaus in 33 European countries.
Endurance: The Primary Survival Tool
Roger Kellerman on persevering and rising as strong as ever before.
111 Boing 777 and A380s
Emirates announces aircraft upgrades
and more A380 resumptions.
119 membercountries
Dubai wins bid
to host ICOM General conference 2025.
developing the government
Dubai Economy, Dubai Tourism merge
to become ‘Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism.
38 cities applied
Vilnius ranked 3rd
at the annual European Capital of Innovation Awards.
IBTM World
Event technology
trends to increase engagement and ROI.
big business
Booking Holdings Enters Into An Agreement
With CVC Capital Partners To Acquire Etraveli Group.
Focus on Impact
Union of International Associations
releases Survey on International Meetings Issues - 2021 Report.
9,000-plus members
GBTA Convention 2021
Sets The Pace For Business Travel’s Return.
17–20 July
Kigali, Rwanda to host Women Deliver 2023
WD2023 will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality in the 21st century.
Canary Islands Hosts 6th Edition of the Repeople Conference, Europe’s Largest Remote Work Conference
The only event in Europe addressing remote work from a wide perspective.
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Endurance: The Primary Survival Tool

I understand that the work in the business events industry right now has endurance as its primary survival tool. You need to be focused, persistent and patient, for sure, but you also need to be proactive.

Many have taken the opportunity to renovate, train, and educate themselves, and most importantly, to just survive until it’s time to open the doors again to welcome new meetings.

Naturally, many employees at all levels have been forced to leave meeting and event jobs against their will, just to survive, and not all of them will return. We are talking about thousands upon thousands of jobs across the globe, and many owners have realised that it is in fact possible to run their businesses with a smaller staff than before the pandemic. And considering that it may be a few years until we’re back on top again some may choose to hold off on staffing up for a while.

But staying focused also means keeping track of how and what your competitors are doing. To boost your external analysis to higher levels than before the pandemic and making sure to maintain a positive flow of knowledge into the entire organisation. It shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve improvement within this area since the external analysis appears to have been almost non-existant during the pandemic. And now is not the time to lose focus.

A great many companies have also achieved significant improvements in terms of safety and hygiene. The certifications continue to increase across the board and worldwide. Now we must also make sure to maintain that higher level going forward, do our work consistently well, and be patient – when it turns out that it is not always 100 per cent, it is vital to make sure to get back to 100 per cent again. Hygiene is also part of the safety work we must put more focus on.

There is also need for an increased supply of tailored training for leaders, management teams and coworkers throughout the global meeting and event industry. Meetings can be, and in many cases also are, a crucial moment in a company’s development. The primary business areas are all based on increased profitability, focusing on building or strengthening corporate culture.

Here, collaborations such as The Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe should really be promoted and highlighted by all member states. It’s all about exchanging experiences, sharing knowledge and opportunities. Nine countries founded the organisation in 2014 at Imex Las Vegas. Today there are 28 member countries.

The importance of tailoring education based on the organisation’s needs, is so great it’s practically boundless. So how come we don’t already have such educational and developmental traditions in place?

To be proactive naturally means taking the initiative, engaging in external analysis, believing in your coworkers, and believing that education creates new opportunities, but above all, to actually do something. And to do something now.

Perseverance and proactivity go hand in hand.