Bites & Sites

Catching up with Casandra Matej, Visit Orlando’s New President and CEO

Casandra Matej, who takes over Feb. 1, discusses the perks of relocating to Orlando from San Antonio, the future of face-to-face meetings, and how she sees DMOs evolving in the future.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 21, 2021

Sensory Space: Montreal’s OASIS immersion

Newly opened space at the Palais de congrès de Montréal immerses participants in color, sound, and light.

BY Barbara Palmer January 18, 2021

Dr. Paul Ananth Tambyah and Peter C. Doherty Answer the Big Questions

The Infectious disease experts share their thoughts on preventing transmission, when travel might really return, and whether organizers should require attendees to be vaccinated.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 15, 2021

4 Ways the Pandemic is Changing Event F&B

Convening Leaders speakers share strategies to help planners adapt food-and-beverage programs to meet safety requirements — and keep participants happy and well fed.

BY Kate Mulcrone January 14, 2021

DMOs Embrace Diversity

These meetings organizations have pledged to improve representation in their destinations.

BY Kate Mulcrone December 22, 2020

What Can We Expect for Meetings and Events Next Year?

According to a global survey of meeting professionals by American Express, small in-person events will return late in the year.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 14, 2020

Palatable Progress: The Power of Culinary Travel Experiences

Food and culture tours — both live and virtual — can make complicated and uncomfortable history lessons much easier to digest.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst November 30, 2020

How DMOS are Slowly but Steadily Rebuilding for a Different Future

Destination marketing organizations are reinventing themselves in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, becoming disseminators of information, hybrid meeting experts, and stewards of the destination.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst November 9, 2020

What the Inaugural Future of Cities Festival Can Tell Us About the Future of Events

The three-day hybrid event will not only explore areas relevant to the business events industry but offer a “living lab” for event organizers.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst October 14, 2020

How One Hybrid Medical Conference Streamlined CME, F&B, and More

The Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians took a simple approach to earning CMEs for both virtual and in-person participants of its 2020 Annual Pain Summit, and a color-coded process for F&B for face-to-face participants — which led to a safer way to eat during COVID-19 for its next event.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 30, 2020

This Socially Distanced Concert Series Hits the Right Notes

Thoughtful “room” sets and precautionary measures make these outdoor concerts enjoyable and safe for participants during the pandemic.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 20, 2020

Hotels and Event Venues Get Schooled

Meeting space is being repurposed to cater to the needs of schoolchildren — and their working parents — to get their work done in a safe environment outside the home.

BY Convene Editors September 16, 2020