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.

Dr. Paul Ananth Tambyah and Peter C. Doherty Answer the Big Questions

The Infectious disease experts share their thoughts on preventing transmission, when travel might really return, and whether organizers should require attendees to be vaccinated.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 15, 2021

DMOs Embrace Diversity

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

BY Kate Mulcrone December 22, 2020

What Can We Expect for Meetings and Events Next Year?

According to a global survey of meeting professionals by American Express, small in-person events will return late in the year.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 14, 2020

Palatable Progress: The Power of Culinary Travel Experiences

Food and culture tours — both live and virtual — can make complicated and uncomfortable history lessons much easier to digest.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst November 30, 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

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