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.

Thailand’s Fulfilling Mix of Serenity, Activity

From bustling marketplaces to serene resorts, Thailand offers a range of experiences for groups.

BY Jennifer Dienst November 5, 2019

First-Ever Plant Pop-Up Hotel Grows in Chicago

An online travel agency, a botanical conservatory, and a Chicago hotel teamed up to give travelers what they really want: plant life.

BY David McMillin October 23, 2019

Gothenburg, Málaga Named European Capitals of Smart Tourism for 2020

As overtourism becomes more of an issue for cities around the world, here are two recognized by the European Commission for their innovative and inclusive approaches to tourism development. Learn what else made these cities in Sweden and Spain stand out.

BY Curtis Wagner October 15, 2019

Buenos Aires to Host ‘50 Best’ Restaurant Event

The Argentinian capital’s dining scene will be in the spotlight when Latin America’s food glitterati arrive next month for a three-day ‘50 Best’ restaurant awards event.

BY Cristi Kempf September 24, 2019

Hamburg is Ready to Make More History as Event Destination

As Hamburg prepares to open the doors of what will be the biggest congress center in Germany, the city already has taken steps to cement its reputation as a top meetings and events destination.

BY David McMillin September 20, 2019

Hotels Find Artful Ways to Help Groups Build Teams

As groups are seeking more ways to solidify their teams during meetings and events, hotels are partnering with local artists to create activities for them.

BY Curt Wagner September 5, 2019

New York City, London Among Cities Topping Planners’ Lists

New York City moved from second place last year to first in the latest rankings on CWT’s top 10 cities for meetings and events in North America. (Courtesy NYC & Company) New York City is in first position on CWT’s top 10 cities for meetings and events in North America in 2020; London took the
BY Cristi Kempf September 4, 2019

Technology’s Role in Overtourism

Some destinations are finding that they can use technology to help lessen the problem of overcrowded sites and neighborhoods by nudging tourists toward less-traveled locales.

BY Jennifer Dienst September 2, 2019

A Five-Borough Business Events Strategy for Overtourism

To spread the wealth of business travelers, NYC & Company has been working to educate event organizers on opportunities offered by the rest of the city.

BY David McMillin September 2, 2019

Hamburg From Market to Table — Every Step of the Way

During a Hamburg fam trip, Convene’s David McMillin and event professionals, guided by a chef, shopped for and prepared a meal. Here’s what he learned about chanterelles, plums, and team-building in the process.

BY David McMillin August 17, 2019

Meet Me in … New York City

The Big Apple tops STR’s 2019 list of U.S. destinations that meeting planners have their eye on, and across the pond, London leads the pack of international cities on their radar. See what other cities made the list.

BY Cristi Kempf August 13, 2019