Places & Spaces

Nothing can color a meeting more than your choice of destination and venue. A global look at destinations, venues, and their relationships with meetings and events.

Visit Seattle’s Tom Norwalk Looks Back and Ahead

Visit Seattle’s president and CEO spoke with Convene shortly after he announced his retirement about his early days in the hospitality industry, how he never thought he would want to work for a CVB, and what he is most looking forward to — in his home city and in his retirement.

BY Michelle Russell October 14, 2021

DMOs Take on an Expanded Role

The pandemic has given CVBs a fresh opportunity to partner with economic development agencies to benefit their destinations in the short- and long-term.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst October 8, 2021

How Our Relationship with Public Spaces Changed During the Pandemic

Indoor and outdoor public spaces have become only more valuable to us after the pandemic — and flexibility in both environments has become more critical. Two experts share why.

BY Barbara Palmer August 11, 2021

More Contactless Technology in Hospitality — But More Social Interaction

Three hospitality executives share short- and long-term views of what is happening next for hotels.

BY Tammy Routh Derek DeCross Asad Ahmed August 11, 2021

Meetings and Your Brain: How Physical Spaces Change How We Pay Attention

Changes in physical space, not just ideas or images, help determine how much attention our brains pay to new information.

BY Barbara Palmer August 5, 2021

On Site in Baltimore, Where Past and Present Meet

Ahead of Destinations International’s annual conference in July, Convene Managing Editor Jennifer N. Dienst participated in a media trip, walking where American history took place and learning how to pick crabs like a local.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst July 28, 2021

DMO Launches Comic Series Via Streaming Services

‘Life’s Rewards,’ an eight-episode comedy program co-produced by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater DMO, gives the destination major screen time — and provides a case-study example of a new CVB business model spurred by the pandemic.

BY Curt Wagner June 28, 2021

Add Air Quality to Your Event Site-Selection Checklist

Paying attention to a building’s ventilation system is important in managing the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts.

BY Michelle Russell June 2, 2021

Why Air Quality Must Be Part of Venues’ Hygiene Protocol

The emphasis on cleaning and disinfecting venues in the age of COVID-19 is missing a larger point: Reliably healthy and safe environments depend on clean air and a more holistic approach.

BY Barbara Palmer Jennifer N. Dienst May 19, 2021

Four Battered Hotel Chains Still Make Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For List

Despite a year like none other for the hospitality industry, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, and Kimpton were ranked in the top 17 percent of the annual 100 Best Companies to Work For List.

BY Michelle Russell April 13, 2021

Virtual ‘Field Trips’ to Bring City to Meetings’ Participants

Two online events are making Richmond, Virginia, central to their education — and diversity and inclusion — programs.

BY Michelle Russell March 30, 2021

Helping Attendees Experience a Destination Digitally

Austin had been a big draw for 2020 American College of Toxicology’s annual meeting registrants. Organizers needed to figure out a way to bring as much of the destination as possible to an entirely online audience.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 29, 2021