Category: Industry News Observation & Analysis

Rio2016 Olympics: From Sustainable Event Hosting to Long Term Legacies

Overview of event sustainability initiatives at the Rio2016 Summer Olympics

The Rio2016 Summer Olympic Games have just finished with a festive finale. No doubt the Games’ workforce, 50,000 volunteers and the many hosting agencies are exhausted and exhilarated for having delivered the array of competitions, celebrations and cultural events – and all for the first time in South America. Like many visitors, I have a […]

Growth in the Meetings and Events Industry

In a previous post, I described how the events industry was poised for growth. I based this on some research that had predicted a significant increase in the number of event planning jobs across the United States. In this post, I’d like to offer some more direct evidence of this growth. Twice now, the Convention Industry […]

Innovation Is Event Sustainability’s Call-to-Action and a Good Reason for Optimism

Innovation is event sustainability’s call-to-action and a good reason for optimism

I’m halfway through a really great book, The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability, by Paul Hawken. Originally published in 1993, with a revised edition published in 2010, the book presents the harsh reality of a modern economy addicted to unchecked industrial pollution and blind mass consumerism. Now, I do not wish to be a […]

Green Meeting Hashtags

Are you a green event ninja? Here are some green meeting hashtags that can help you stay on top of your game on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Green meeting hashtags #greenmeetings #gmic #sustainablemeetings #hybridevents Event planning hashtags #eventprofs #bizbash #cmp #mpi #ises #pcma Sustainability hashtags #sustainability #susty #csr #socent #greenbiz Green meeting hashtags for an […]

Event Sustainability is not about Love of Nature – it’s BIG Business!

For the love of nature? Yeah right! Event sustainability, like corporate sustainability, is all about business. There are no granola eating, tie-dye wearing, tree hugging hippies in this mix. You see, corporate sustainability is BIG business (click on any of the logos below to be directed to their corporate sustainability website): Large companies like these […]

Event Planning Job Outlook: 44% Growth by 2020

I came across this little statistical gem the other day on the United States Department of Labor’s website: the job outlook for “meeting, convention and event planners” looks great, with a projected 44% increase in employment between 2010 and 2020. When you compare that with the average growth rate for all occupations, at 14%, you can see […]