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.

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

Sensory Space: Montreal’s OASIS immersion

Newly opened space at the Palais de congrès de Montréal immerses participants in color, sound, and light.

BY Barbara Palmer January 18, 2021

DMOs Embrace Diversity

These meetings organizations have pledged to improve representation in their destinations.

BY Kate Mulcrone December 22, 2020

How DMOS are Slowly but Steadily Rebuilding for a Different Future

Destination marketing organizations are reinventing themselves in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, becoming disseminators of information, hybrid meeting experts, and stewards of the destination.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst November 9, 2020

What the Inaugural Future of Cities Festival Can Tell Us About the Future of Events

The three-day hybrid event will not only explore areas relevant to the business events industry but offer a “living lab” for event organizers.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst October 14, 2020

How One Hybrid Medical Conference Streamlined CME, F&B, and More

The Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians took a simple approach to earning CMEs for both virtual and in-person participants of its 2020 Annual Pain Summit, and a color-coded process for F&B for face-to-face participants — which led to a safer way to eat during COVID-19 for its next event.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 30, 2020

This Socially Distanced Concert Series Hits the Right Notes

Thoughtful “room” sets and precautionary measures make these outdoor concerts enjoyable and safe for participants during the pandemic.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 20, 2020

Hotels and Event Venues Get Schooled

Meeting space is being repurposed to cater to the needs of schoolchildren — and their working parents — to get their work done in a safe environment outside the home.

BY Convene Editors September 16, 2020

Zero-Attrition Offers Grow to Entice Group Business

More and more hotels are announcing that they’ve waived attrition fees for 2020 group bookings.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 10, 2020

Meeting Face-to-Face: ‘It’s Who We Are as a Species’

Neil Brownlee, VisitScotland’s head of business events, on why there will always be a place for face-to-face events, even as we become more used to meeting online — and how in-person events are critical in helping to shape the communities that host them.

BY Neil Brownlee July 14, 2020

How CVBs Are Helping Destinations Safely Reopen

As destinations have started to lift stay-at-home orders and businesses are reopening their doors, CVBs are helping to ensure their communities stay safe as they ready to welcome visitors once again.

BY Casey Gale June 28, 2020

What Will the Hotels in Your Room Block Look Like in the Future?

COVID-19 is forcing hotel properties to rethink the guest experience. Here’s a preview of three differences you and your attendees will find during your next stay.

BY David McMillin June 19, 2020