Bites & Sites

Going Local for F&B Breaks at Conferences

What’s the best way to give attendees a taste of local cuisine while they’re attending sessions in a hotel or convention center? Here’s how one planner made the F&B breaks all about only-in-Portland treats, retailers, and surprise guests.

BY Curt Wagner July 12, 2019

How Clean are Your Hotel Sheets?

A Chinese company that provides cleaning services for many of the guest accommodations for Wuhan is planning to implant microchips in bed sheets, towels, and quilts that will let guests know when they were last laundered.

BY David McMillin July 10, 2019

What’s New in Travel, Food and Beverage

What food trends and stories should event planners have on their radar? Convene provides a weekly roundup of what’s making news in the F&B and business travel worlds.

BY Convene Editors July 8, 2019

On Site in Orlando: Familiar Venues, New Adventures

Roughly 7.5 million business event attendees flocked to Orlando in 2018, proving the destination has a lot to offer groups.

BY Curt Wagner July 2, 2019

A Not-So-Welcoming World for LGBTQ Travelers

Pride Month shined a light on those corners of the world that still have a ways to go when it comes to welcoming LGBTQ travelers — something that event organizers need to keep in mind when selecting host destinations.

BY David McMillin July 1, 2019

Postcards From Montreux: Accor Hotels’ Global Meeting Exchange in Switzerland

Sights — and sounds — from Accor Hotels’ Global Meeting Exchange in Switzerland included jazz, wine-tasting, and even a palace.

BY Barbara Palmer June 26, 2019

27 Cost-Effective Solutions for Food Waste

ReFED, a nonprofit focused on eliminating food waste in the U.S., has created a list of 27 cost-effective, scalable solutions, some of which address the biggest problems faced by meeting planners.

June 26, 2019

Not Ready to Give Up Meat? Go Halfway — or 25 Percent

For those attendees not yet ready to make the leap to plant-based everything, blended burgers offer a transition — and a more sustainable option for group functions.

BY Cristi Kempf June 25, 2019

World’s First 100-Percent Organic Michelin-Starred Restaurant

Not surprisingly, you’ll find it in a destination that makes being green a top priority for both residents and events.

BY Jasmine Zhu June 24, 2019

Graduate Hotels’ All-You-Can-Stay Summer Hotel Buffet

The boutique hotel chain took a novel approach to attracting summer guests with its innovative Hall Pass program: a $400 price tag for up to 30 stays.

BY David McMillin June 24, 2019