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.

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

Walk/Bike/Places Brings Online Attendees ‘Outdoors’

Here’s how an annual conference for placemaking professionals tweaked its mobile workshops to give virtual tours of its host city. 

BY Casey Gale March 29, 2021

A Master Class in Art and Public Safety

Traveling exhibition turns ballroom at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis into a Michelangelo gallery with nearly life-sized recreations of his Sistine Chapel paintings.

BY Barbara Palmer March 29, 2021

Airbn-Be There Through Virtual Travel

With travel still largely on hold, the company’s Online Experiences are giving guests a chance to see, touch, and taste new destinations from home.

BY David McMillin March 15, 2021

Can Venues Have a Say in Event Set Design?

The controversy around how the recent Conservative Political Action Conference stage set bore a resemblance to a Nazi hate symbol raised the question: How much influence can a host venue exert over the staging of an event? We asked an attorney to weigh in.

BY David McMillin March 15, 2021

Booking Meeting Venues Site Unseen

The digital tools that make it possible to conduct all or part of site visits remotely have come to the forefront over the last year, in ways that may change how planners book meetings in the future. Planners and destinations share their strategies.

BY Kate Mulcrone March 10, 2021

What LEGO, Economic Development, and Events Have in Common

Economic Development Winnipeg found a way to use a team member’s pandemic pastime and LEGO sets to help explain in simple terms how tourism and business events are integral to economic development.

BY Curt Wagner February 25, 2021

Richmond Embraces Its Painful Past During Black History Month

Here’s how one city with a history in the slave trade in North America has made the Black experience in America central to its identity.

BY Convene Editors February 11, 2021

Making Virtual and Hybrid Events Look Like TV

Long Beach’s director of creative initiatives, Tra Jones, said the brand-new role is designed to bring live events into the convention center while elevating the experience for those watching online.

BY Casey Gale January 28, 2021

Catching up with Casandra Matej, Visit Orlando’s New President and CEO

Casandra Matej, who takes over Feb. 1, discusses the perks of relocating to Orlando from San Antonio, the future of face-to-face meetings, and how she sees DMOs evolving in the future.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 21, 2021