News & Trends

What’s happening — or coming up next — in the meetings and events world and beyond.

Events Industry Remembers ‘Visionary Leader’ Spurgeon Richardson

“We are going to miss his wit and wisdom,” said Atlanta CVB President William Pate on the recent passing of the industry leader and longtime head of the Atlanta CVB.

BY Curt Wagner October 21, 2019

Gothenburg, Málaga Named European Capitals of Smart Tourism for 2020

As overtourism becomes more of an issue for cities around the world, here are two recognized by the European Commission for their innovative and inclusive approaches to tourism development. Learn what else made these cities in Sweden and Spain stand out.

BY Curtis Wagner October 15, 2019

Cleared for Takeoff? Not If Your License Isn’t a REAL ID

A new study shows that a year before the 2020 REAL ID deadline, millions of Americans still are not aware they could be grounded without it.

BY Curt Wagner October 1, 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

Five Tips for When an Airline Cancels Your Flight

Recent news of how the Thomas Cook and WOW Air bankruptcies stranded passengers serves as an unwelcome reminder: Your next flight may not be departing on time, or at all. Here are tips on how to navigate that anxiety-producing surprise.

BY Curt Wagner September 23, 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

News for Professionals: Career Advice and Ideas

We get it, you’re busy. So, the Convene editors have curated the latest tips and trends in the world of work for you. Take a look at what caught our eye this past week.

BY Convene Editors September 18, 2019

Bon Appétit Unveils the Year’s 10 ‘Best’ New Restaurants

L.A.’s Konbi, with Japanese and French influences, is in the top spot and a noodle shop in Dallas — this year’s ‘Restaurant City’ — ranks second. Here’s how the list shines a spotlight on food trends that event organizers should keep their eye on.

BY Cristi Kempf Curt Wagner September 17, 2019

Will Apple Change Your Attendees’ Expectations About Content Costs?

Apple’s new streaming services — launched at the company’s event Tuesday— could make consumers expect all streamed content to come at a bargain price.

BY David McMillin September 10, 2019

Hotel Fees Under a Legal Microscope

A recent lawsuit filed in D.C. alleges that consumers are misled into thinking that hotel rooms are cheaper than they actually are, once resort and similar fees are added in at checkout. Does it have legal merit? Are the fees becoming more widespread? What can planners do?

BY David McMillin September 9, 2019

New York City, London Among Cities Topping Planners’ Lists

New York City moved from second place last year to first in the latest rankings on CWT’s top 10 cities for meetings and events in North America. (Courtesy NYC & Company) New York City is in first position on CWT’s top 10 cities for meetings and events in North America in 2020; London took the
BY Cristi Kempf September 4, 2019

How to Help Those in Hurricane Dorian’s Path

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the Southeastern United States, the PCMA Foundation on Friday was calling for donations to its Industry Relief Fund, which helps members of the events industry affected by disasters, including catastrophic storms. Dorian, swirling in the western Atlantic, was expected to make landfall in the Florida/Georgia area over the holiday

BY Convene Editors August 30, 2019