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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Convention & Event Tourism

For a Special Issue on
The Future of Meetings, Expositions, Events, Conventions (MEEC) in the Post-COVID Era

Manuscript deadline
01 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Shinyong (Shawn) Jung, Purdue University
[email protected]

Woohyuk Kim, Incheon National University
[email protected]

Kristin Malek, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
[email protected]

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The Future of Meetings, Expositions, Events, Conventions (MEEC) in the Post-COVID Era

COVID-19 has greatly impacted the MEEC industry over the last two years and the overarching impact of the pandemic on event tourism in the short-term and long-term are hard to distinguish. Currently, the world is emerging from the global pandemic, and it is vital to assess how this crisis has impacted and will continue to impact the MEEC industry. Many organizations, such as the Events Industry Council representing more than 30-member associations, have not only been providing resources and guidelines, but also collecting data to examine the true impact of COVID-19 through their APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force. This special issue of JCET aims to encourage researchers to contribute to the industry’s collective effort in facilitating the recovery process through conducting theoretical and practical methodologically sound studies related to the future of the MEEC sector in the post-COVID era.

There has been a rise in research and publications related to COVID-19 in many academic disciplines related to impacts. Because of the unique nature of the MEEC industry it is crucial to understand COVID-19 within this context. Even within MEEC at large, it would be useful to consider the distinct characteristics and specific segments within this industry including conventions, conferences, exhibitions, festivals, sporting events, and various special events.

Therefore, the purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research that examines the impacts and evolution of the MEEC industry due to COVID-19. Submissions can include, but not limited to social, cultural, economic, environmental, legal, and/or other related effects and evolution. Mixed methods, both pure quantitative and qualitative studies will be considered, as well as industry viewpoints which can include secondary data. We hope that this special issue will be valuable to both academics and practitioners.

 Topics of interest related to COVID-19 specific to the MEEC industry include but not limited to the following:

  • Impact of the COVID-19 on MEEC
    • Business events such as conventions, trade shows and conferences
    • Festivals, sporting events, and other special events
  • Understanding attendees’ perceived risks and behavioral intentions during and after the COVID-19
  • Recovery strategies, resilience, adaptability associated with COVID-19
  • Modeling analysis of the impact of the COVID-19
  • Demand and trend forecasting
  • The use and evolvement of event technologies
  • Event marketing in the post-COVID era
  • Human rights: human trafficking, attendee safety, work/life balance and lifestyle changes of event professionals
  • Sustainability: triple-bottom line event evaluation, sustainable event production
  • Impact of the COVID-19 on event contracts and clauses
  • Legal issues of event management related to COVID-19
  • Event-related education throughout the pandemic

Other relevant issues relating to COVID-19 specific to the MEEC industry

Submission Instructions

Original Article: Your submission should be compiled into the following documents (note: each is a separate document) and uploaded in the Manage Manuscript Files section of ScholarOne.  Each document should be uploaded and labeled with the appropriate File Designation selected from the list provided (pull down list):

Title Page (not for review):

  • This includes the title of the paper; names and affiliations of author(s); identification of and contact information of the corresponding/submitting author; acknowledgments.

Main Document (maximum 7,500 words):

  • First page is the title page (just the title of the article, no identifying information)
  • Second page is the abstract (maximum 200 words) and keywords/phrases (5)
  • Third page begins the main body of the paper with the following example main sections/headings: Introduction; Literature Review; Methods; Results; Discussion; References.
    • Organize the sections of this document according to American Psychological Association levels of headings, double spacing, one-inch margins on all sides, and 12 point-Time New Roman font

Tables:

  • Each table should begin on a separate page.

Figures:

  • Each figure should begin on a separate page.

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