News & Trends

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

Reimagined JFK Terminal Hosts First Event as TWA Hotel

JetBlue For Good, an event recognizing crew members who had completed 150-plus hours of volunteer service in the past year, christened the new TWA Hotel. Convene touched down for a look around.

BY Jasmine Zhu May 28, 2019

France’s New Goals? Liberty, Equality, Fraternity — and Sustainability

The nation has emerged as a world leader in promoting sustainable practices — and that includes events industry efforts.

BY Rémi Dévé May 24, 2019

State of the Cities report: What’s on America’s Mayors’ Minds

The National League of Cities just released its State of the Cities report at its conference last week. Here’s how the business events industry intersects with the top issues U.S. mayors are addressing.

BY Michelle Russell May 24, 2019

News for Professionals: Advice and Ideas from the World of Work

Looking for ways to do your job better — or for the latest trends in the world of work? Here’s a roundup of career-related stories selected by the editors of Convene.

BY Convene Editors May 23, 2019

How to Use Influencers to Market Your Events

Research shows Southeast Asians spend more time online than any other region, meaning social media influencers may be a key way to reach your audience.

BY Kim Benjamin May 21, 2019

Paris Tops ICCA’s City Rankings for Meeting Destinations

The French capital is once again the world’s No. 1 city for international association meetings, with 2017’s opening of the Paris Convention Centre helping fuel the events surge.

BY Lane Nieset May 20, 2019

Innovative New Lab in Hamburg Promises Medical Advances

A pioneering lab dedicated to biology and infection research has opened in Hamburg, strengthening cooperation between the German city’s universities and research institutions as well as cementing its reputation as a medical hub.

BY Rémi Dévé May 15, 2019

Qatar’s Plan for Boosting Business Events

The nation will be back at IMEX as it works to bring in more global events — and forge closer ties to association leaders.

BY Lane Nieset May 14, 2019

Emerging Tech Hub Angers to Host Global Forum

International think tank event will bring more than 300 key policymakers and stakeholders from 30 countries to “digital week” in Angers, a Loire Valley city that’s key to France’s tech push.

BY Lane Nieset May 14, 2019

Event Professionals Offer Their Tips for Closing a Deal

An understanding of differences in work culture plus a focus on flexibility and frugality are key to a successful pitch, business event strategists say.

May 13, 2019

Is Monotasking the New Multitasking?

Experts say focusing on a single thing boosts productivity. But that’s not easy.

BY Angela Campiere May 8, 2019

Hospitality Trends? ‘Hold on to Your Seats,’ Says Expert

Some global destinations — including the U.S. — have ‘massive’ amounts of hotel rooms in the pipeline. What does that mean for planners?

BY Barbara Palmer May 6, 2019