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.

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

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