When you’re traveling for business, a conference or meetings, it’s important to find time away to relax. Here are some suggestions for entertainment, dining, drinking, socializing — just having a good time.

Virtual Experiences — the Next Best Thing in Destination Marketing

With in-person FAM trips and site visits out of the question at many destinations during the pandemic, CVBs and companies are connecting with customers by offering immersive virtual experiences.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 21, 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

3 DMOs on Group Business in the Living-With-COVID-19 World

Destination and venue leaders from three convention cities share how they have weathered the first half of 2020 and what they are doing to prepare for the future.

BY David McMillin July 2, 2020

Survey Reveals Consumer Concerns About Resuming Travel

Research group Dynata surveyed thousands of travelers in 11 countries, asking them what COVID-19 health and safety procedures would make them feel comfortable enough to resume air travel and hotel stays, among other activities.

BY Curt Wagner July 1, 2020

America’s Best Small Cities List Takes on New Meaning During Pandemic

Resonance Consultancy’s annual list was compiled using data gathered prior to the pandemic but could provide insights for planners seeking destinations with a smaller footprint to accommodate attendees in the wake of COVID-19.

BY Convene Editors June 23, 2020

U.K. Destination Leaders Reflect on Coming Back Stronger

In a roundtable conversation hosted by VisitBritain, U.K. destination leaders discussed what they’ll need to do to bring business back once the COVID-19 crisis has abated.

BY Casey Gale June 22, 2020

2 Things Event Organizers Can Learn from Air Travel During the Pandemic

I boarded a plane last week for the first time in four months. Here’s what I think event organizers can take away from my experience.

BY David McMillin June 16, 2020

Back to Business Travel Safety Guidelines

ALHI publishes an online resource so planners are kept up to date on the latest health and safety measures in place from airports to hotels to event venues.

BY Michelle Russell May 29, 2020

New Survey Shows a Sign of Hope for the Return of Travel

Over the next six weeks, nearly half of U.S. travelers have plans for their first trip since the COVID-19 pandemic began keeping them at home.

BY David McMillin May 27, 2020

U.S. Travel: Act Now to Help Win Government Support for DMOs

CARES Act was a good start but more aid is needed, the U.S. Travel Association says as it seeks to apply pressure on Congress to provide additional relief for the travel industry.

BY Convene Editors April 8, 2020

Smaller Cities Are Boosting Leisure & Business Events Offerings

Today, event attendees are tourists, too. Here are a handful of rising global destinations that have the goods planners need and the attractions delegates want.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst February 11, 2020

Island-Hopping in Japan

A recent fam trip to Osaka — for the jointly held VJTM 2019 and Tourism EXPO Japan (TEJ) 2019 — and the island of Hokkaido revealed two very different faces of Japan.

BY Jasmine Zhu January 3, 2020