Conventions centers and the event industry work together closely. However, the unprecedented challenges during the pandemic has disrupted many businesses and events for this year. Large numbers of visitors and clients are lost because of the lockdown and quarantine. This is all for the safety of the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but it’s a still a big hit to a lot of businesses financially. Here’s what convention centers are facing right now.


Essential Workers


The event industry is not part of the essential worker category. Although maintenance and custodian duties may be an exception, other job titles are not required. Without the proper employees working within the convention center, it’s not possible to organize any events. Even working remotely is not optimal as there is no cash flow in the meantime. Employees would have to cope with this hopefully, temporary set back. There are ways to get into some alternatives for convention centers, but not all convention centers are created equally. Some companies may not have the budget to cover the crisis in the next few months. Employees would have to seek help from the government in order to survive during the pandemic.


Dealing With Organizers


The main focus for a lot of businesses is working with organizers to properly cancel and reschedule numerous events. The main goal of these efforts is to defer them as opposed to closing the events fully. This is a much better strategy as it will ensure that profits and revenue are properly managed. Although some events are cancelled completely there are still tons being transferred to the right time as soon as the virus dies down. It’s very important to emphasize public safety first to ensure that the curve remains flat




Organizers can’t guarantee public safety or participants. Even logistics can be affected because of travel restrictions. During this time, it’s a good idea to keep an open line of communication in order to mitigate negative effects from the pandemic. Organizers need to work double time to handle refunds, contracts, and insurance. It’s very difficult to navigate since people can’t meet each other within close proximity. Creating a professional communication plan is needed. All participating parties such as speakers, exhibitors, buyers, and sponsors need to know about the reasons of cancellation to prevent any mishaps. This would require tailor made emails to various parties and phone calls to sponsors and stakeholders.


Postponed Events


Postponing an event is the next best option but even this takes a lot of time and effort. There are tons of departments that need to approve of various decisions so the postponement pushes through. Venue managers, suppliers, and sponsors need to be informed about this. It’s also important to focus on your participants and attendees. With a lot of money involved, it’s not a good idea to keep people in the dark. Even then, it will be hard to predict how everything goes and only time will tell. For events using time sensitive information or cutting edge data, the content may not be updated when the event is moved. Once again, the planning process repeats itself from start to finish in order to remain relevant. 




Changing an event date is a possibility but choosing a location to accommodate changes can stunt the event. Events take a lot of time to plan. As an organizer, being prepared at all times is required. During the pandemic, there are a lot of limitations. These limitations include travel arrangements, terms of venues, and guest or sponsor accommodations. It’s also important to consider other venues and potential penalties involved with relocating an event. If relocation pushes through, details must be delivered in a timely manner. It may also require adjustments to pre-event campaigns and more.


Virtual Events


Virtual events have been the new wave. It’s adaptable and this meeting format is an optimal alternative. VIrtual events will allow attendees to bypass travel restrictions. It works well with event marketing strategies, which allows planners to be ahead of the game at all times. When these events are strategically planned, it’s possible to reach a wide audience compared to traditional events. Employees now have a chance to utilize work from home strategies. Event organizers can contact sponsors, exhibitors and guests online. Ad-sense can help rank in some profits in the meantime compared to traditional entrances. This strategy is much better than remaining stagnant.


Key Takeaway

Convention centers are the heart of many events. However, during the pandemic, they may be suffering a lot due to the various postponed events. It may seem like a downward slope for now, but as soon as society normalizes, so will the event and convention center industry. There are still many events and exhibitors waiting on stand by till the pandemic dies down. It’s important not to lose hope despite these challenges.