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.

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

Puppies, Meditation, and No Political Arguments: Aruba’s ‘Election Disconnection’ Campaign

Already stressed out about casting a ballot in November? Aruba’s ‘Election Disconnection’ Campaign aims to offer U.S. voters a unique escape.

BY David McMillin January 2, 2020

Meet Benny, the New Invite-Only Hotel Booking Tool

Finding hotel options is typically easy, but there’s an additional step required to browse rates at Benny: You have to know someone who knows someone who knows hotels.

BY David McMillin December 13, 2019

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Boosts the Rise of Dark Tourism

Dark tourism isn’t about spooky haunted-house tours. It’s the growing movement of travelers seeking out sites of destruction and tragedy. Should destinations leverage this trend?

BY Casey Gale October 30, 2019

Paris, Costa Rica Are Top Destinations for Meetings, Incentives

San Diego, Nashville, and Singapore are trending for 2020 in Global DMC Partners’ annual Global Destination Index, which presents the most popular meeting and incentive destinations for and identifies up-and-coming markets.

BY Curt Wagner October 21, 2019

Airbnb Is Heading to Antarctica with Sabbatical Program

No one is renting out their home — the company is inviting volunteers to spend some time at the South Pole, as part of its Sabbatical program, aimed at travel to ‘do good.’ The initiative, however, has raised a few eyebrows.

BY David McMillin October 14, 2019

Venture Outside San Francisco for Wine, Relaxation, Outdoor Adventures

Planning your trip to San Francisco for Convening Leaders? Here are three destination ideas if you want to tack on a mini-vacation.

BY Curt Wagner October 7, 2019

Shuttles vs. Uber and Lyft: What’s Better for the Environment?

A new study conducted by a ground transportation company compares the carbon footprint of shuttle buses at events to ride-sharing vehicles.

BY Michelle Russell September 25, 2019

Two New City Partnerships Seek to Improve Tourism and Events

Two recent city partnerships — Ottowa and The Hague, and New York City and Berlin — will create new opportunities for tourism and business events.

BY Jasmine Zhu September 23, 2019

Are You Staying Healthy on the Road?

A new survey finds that most business travelers keep up with their health and wellness routines during work trips — but travelers from one region are more likely to stick with them.

BY Cristi Kempf September 3, 2019