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.

Mosaic Elevates Recycling to an Art Form

The Monumental Mattie mosaic art installation at the Salt Palace Convention Center puts equal rights, local history, and the power of repurposing on full display.

BY Casey Gale May 5, 2022

A Look at the New North Javits Center Expansion

The new Javits Center building embraces its West Side location, with floor-to-ceiling views of the Hudson River, and a slew of new sustainability initiatives.

BY Michelle Russell April 8, 2022

Room Set: A Light Show at the Oklahoma City Convention Center

Oklahoma City Convention Center’s award-winning light sculpture blends technology and art and reflects its locale in an ever-changing way.

BY Michelle Russell March 22, 2022

At Expo 2020 Dubai, All Roads Lead to Al Wasl

The plaza and giant dome create an open-air lobby that doubles as the world’s largest 360-degree projection theater and connects all corners of the Expo 2020 Dubai’s massive 1,083-acre campus.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 30, 2021

A ‘Watershed Moment’ for Events — and the World

How the United Nations’ biggest climate conference — and a critical moment in human history — could change the event industry’s “business as usual” narrative on sustainability.

BY Barbara Palmer November 23, 2021

Raising the Roof on Convention Center Sustainability

The rooftop Farm at the Javits Center will grow 40 different crops and 40,000 pounds of produce annually — all to be incorporated into meals served at events on site.

BY Barbara Palmer November 22, 2021

Acknowledging Indigenous Peoples in a Purposeful Way

As the practice of including land acknowledgements at events grows around the world, so do calls to tie that recognition to meaningful change.

BY Barbara Palmer November 11, 2021

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