Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has launched an APAC (Asia-Pacific) specific peer-to-peer meeting series to facilitate open conversation between up to 30 industry professionals per session, from corporates through to associations, to discuss their challenges and recovery strategies.
Based on the successful PCMA Community Conversations program in the U.S., the APAC version. titled Community Connect, is intended to help event professionals undertake end-to-end reviews of their events—from strategy through to post-implementation. Initially just for members, the APAC PCMA team has opened the sessions up to non-members, it is a tangible way the organization can support regrowth in the region, it says.
While there is a lot of informational content available, Community Connect session attendees are valuing the peer-to-peer exchange to learn about what their colleagues are doing day-to-day to manage their constantly changing approach to events.
The first two Community Connect sessions, held in July 2020, focused on virtual events, and medical events and meetings, respectively. The key topics discussed included the financial models available for virtual events, the best technology platforms to use, how to showcase a host location online, and risk management strategies for hybrid events.
Karen Bolinger, PCMA managing director for APAC, said these sharing forums which forge community, encourage peer support and facilitate the development of solutions to the big issues—all of which the industry needs right now.
“With the staggering rate of change going on in the industry, it is vital we talk to each other. These new community-driven sessions allow us to have open and honest conversations in which attendees share practical tips, insights, and new ideas on how to approach all the new aspects of events," she said in a press announcement.
“So far, these events have proved to be popular with the APAC community and we invite everyone from the industry to attend, to listen, share and learn,” Bolinger added.
Attendance at Community Connect events is complimentary for non-members until December 31, 2020.