September 2017

Cover Story/Cover Story

The United States of Uncertainty

How are proposed U.S. travel policies affecting international attendance — and projected attendance — at meetings and conferences in the U.S.? We asked event organizers what they are thinking.

Christopher Durso

Cover illustration by Shonagh Rae


When the Boss Is You

Five independent planners talk about what’s great about being out on their own, what’s most challenging, and the trends that are on their radar now.

Casey Gale


The Destination Airport — and Airport Hotel — Is No Joke

These airports and airport hotels are transforming themselves into places where people actually want to spend time.

Barbara Palmer

 CMP Series

What’s Next for Brand USA?

Anne Madison, chief strategy and communications officer for Brand USA, talks about why the organization isn’t worried about a budget proposal to it, and how security and being welcoming go hand in hand.

Michelle Russell

 Convene On Location

How Does C2 Montreal Keep Reinventing Itself?

One way: C2 Montreal, one of the most transformative of business events, starts its planning every year with a blank canvas.

David McMillin

 Convene On Location

'The Only KPI Is Happiness'

C2 Montreal International President Richard St-Pierre talks about what he means when he says he wants the business conference to touch attendees’ souls, failure, and how he builds teams that keep pushing the envelope.

Michelle Russell


Convene Survey: How Will Trump's Travel Policies Affect International Attendance?

Most meeting professionals who responded to our latest survey are worried about the negative effect that new policies will have on the perception of travel to the U.S.

Barbara Palmer



A Matchmaking Service for Set Up and Tear Down

What if you could share the cost of your AV equipment and stage setup with other events using the same venue? There’s a new booking platform for that.

David McMillin

 Giving Back

The 'Dumpster' Lunch

To spotlight the problem of food waste, WasteExpo 2017 served a delicious meal made entirely of food that was left over or would otherwise have been thrown out.

Molly Petrilla


Data Lessons Learned From a First-Time Beacon User

Beacon technology helped answer some longstanding questions for the Water Quality Association — along with much more.

Ken Budd

 Innovative Meetings

NCVA Goes to Washington

A new administration was the catalyst for a revamp of the National Venture Capital Association’s annual meeting.

Michelle R. Davis

 There's A Meeting for That

The Shows Must Go On

Every summer, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) brings together thousands of kids — mostly middle- and high-school students — for education, networking, and of course, performing.

Christopher Durso


 Risk Management

Scammers and Poachers, Beware!

The Stop Online Booking Scams Act, legislation introduced before the U.S. Congress earlier this year, aims to protect both general consumers and meeting attendees from hotel-booking pirates.

Christopher Durso

How Your Bad Memory Can Be Good for You

A new report concludes that forgetting things may be your brain’s way of optimizing information.

Michelle Russell

 Room Set


Experient took attendees camping — without abandoning the glamour of its production design.

Convene Editors

 Convene On Site

The Business of Disney Magic

Not just for families and kids, the original 1955 Disneyland Resort is appealing to event planners in 2017 and beyond.

Casey Gale

 Convene On Site

Designing Experiences at MPI World Education Congress

From escape room sessions to nightly after-parties, WEC delivered on MPI's tagline to "stop planning meetings, and start designing experiences."

Jasmine Zhu

 Career Path

Wonderful Copenhagen’s Jonas Wilstrup

The CFO talks about what he learned from his biggest mistake and why he doesn’t have his next big career goal in mind.

Christopher Durso


Large City, Small City, Best City

A new report ranks the best cities in the United States based on how ‘Mobile Millennials’ — Americans aged 20 to 36 who have traveled in the past year — rated them in six areas: place, product, programming, people, prosperity, and promotion.

Convene Editors

 Pre Con

The 143rd Audio Engineering Society International Convention

For the first time, AES will be co-located with the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show 2017, creating a one-stop shop for attendees to learn more about the audio and visual fields.

Casey Gale

Also In This Issue

 Behind the Scenes

Everybody Into the Pool

How to encourage diversity at events, from multiple perspectives.

Michelle Russell

 To the Point

Planning for the Worst

How one company attempted to recover from a disaster of an event — while it was unfolding.

Deborah Sexton