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.

Hotels Start Selling ‘Bonds’ to Make It Through COVID-19 Crisis

As hotel rooms sit empty, some properties are offering deals for future guests with a “Buy Now, Stay Later” initiative.

BY David McMillin May 6, 2020

Hotels: The Case for Independents and Chains

The big hotel brands and the small independents both have advantages for groups, depending on what’s important to them.

BY David McMillin April 8, 2020

Food Recovery Efforts Are Always on the Menu

Venues and food-service businesses don’t just think about food recovery efforts in a time of crisis. But here are standout examples of how some are helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BY Barbara Palmer March 25, 2020

Truck Tour Spreads Word About New CAESARS FORUM

As Caesars prepares to open the doors to a new 550,000-square-foot conference center in Las Vegas, the company is taking a surprising spin around the country to showcase the new facility.

BY David McMillin March 3, 2020

AAA Updates Its Diamond Program for Hotels, Restaurants

The 80-year-old hotel and restaurant approval program now offers professional analysis instead of user-driven ratings.

BY Curt Wagner February 10, 2020

Discovering the Palm Beaches

Southeast Florida’s collection of several dozen communities offers a singularly memorable experience for groups.

BY Casey Gale January 31, 2020

Video-Game Properties: A New Player in the Hotel Industry

When gamers take a break from the screen and leave home, they will be able to continue the competition at Atari Hotels — a new concept in the works that offers further proof of the hospitality industry’s push for immersive experiences.

BY David McMillin January 30, 2020

Resilient Puerto Rico is Open for Visitors

Convene visits with a Puerto Rico hotel exec for a firsthand account of how most tourist and event destinations remain unaffected by recent earthquakes and the recovery efforts that are underway for those who have been displaced.

BY Barbara Palmer January 22, 2020

The Broadmoor Resort: Runway to the Stars

With a major new expansion underway, the Colorado Springs resort will be able to continue to accommodate the growing annual Space Symposium — and attract larger groups to the property year-round.

BY David McMillin January 15, 2020

London Tops World’s Best Cities List for 3rd Year in a Row

This year, a U.S. city came in second in Resonance Consultancy’s annual list of the World’s 100 Best Cities, based on a wide variety of factors — a number of which overlap with event site selection.

BY Curt Wagner January 15, 2020

Manchester Buzzes with New Ideas, Innovations

The world’s first industrialized city, Manchester is in renaissance mode, humming with breakthroughs in life sciences and advanced material manufacturing.

BY Barbara Palmer January 9, 2020

Interactive Installation is ‘a Mirror of San Francisco’

One of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s interactive art installations — French artist known as “JR” — offers insights from a mosaic of people who have helped shape the city’s future.

BY David McMillin January 5, 2020