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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.

Milano Convention Centre

Nudging Healthy Behavior on Site

It took the Milano Convention Centre 18 months to earn Gold Level Healthy Venue status from the World Obesity Federation. Here’s how they did it — and how they help event organizers encourage attendees to make smart choices.

women and automation

Will Automation Put Women Out of Work?

Experts say the gender issues that traditionally have impacted women more than their male counterparts could create even bigger barriers for them as all workers face changes in technology and automation.

plastics tip sheet

Tip Sheet for Eliminating Single-Use Plastics from a Conference

After creating a near plastic-free annual conference, the Australian Marine Sciences Association and event management organization Encanta created a tip sheet for other groups hoping to reduce the use of plastics at meetings. They share what they did, what they missed, what they learned, and what challenges remain.

HospitableMe’s Mission: Teaching LGBTQ Sensitivity

HospitableMe helps tourism and hospitality industry professionals make LGBTQ travelers feel welcome. Sometimes, its founder says, that requires “a little bit of history, a little bit of sociology, a little bit of biology, a little bit of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, to kind of bring [them] around.”

Best in Show 2019

Best in Show 2019: Inspiring Examples of Meeting Design

There’s no shortage of creativity when it comes to professionals designing their events. For this year’s annual Best in Show, Convene shares how some organizers’ innovative initiatives have set their events apart.

small cities

Small Cities Score Big as Event Destinations

Resonance Consultancy’s ranking of “America’s Best Cities” reveals that “there’s a lot going on in the small city space — more so than ever before.”

LGBTQ travels

A Not-So-Welcoming World for LGBTQ Travelers

Pride Month shined a light on those corners of the world that still have a ways to go when it comes to welcoming LGBTQ travelers — something that event organizers need to keep in mind when selecting host destinations.

How Meeting Professionals Can Help End Human Trafficking

ECPAT-USA has been scaling up efforts to include the events industry as a partner in combatting human trafficking. We talk to the organization’s director of private sector engagement to see how that is taking shape.