Back Issue Magazine Archive

January 2016

Cover Story/Budgets + Revenue

Putting the ‘Arrr!’ in Room Block

With all of the pressures on the traditional room block — including pirates, Airbnb, and budget-conscious attendees — is it time to rethink the booking model?

Corin Hirsch

Cover illustration by Tomasz Walenta


 20 in Their Twenties

PCMA's 20 in Their Twenties Class of 2016

Presenting PCMA’s third annual class of 20 in Their Twenties honorees — young meeting professionals who are already leaving their mark on the industry.

Christopher Durso

 Event Design

ASM Microbe Counts Down to Its New Blended Conference

The American Society for Microbiology’s hard work is paying off, as the petri dish in which it’s combining its two annual conferences shows signs of new life.

Christopher Durso


 There's A Meeting for That

Major Arcana

The U.K., Germany, Australia, Singapore, Brazil, and the United States each host an annual TarotCon meeting.

Corin Hirsch


The Doctor Is @In

Telemedicine is opening a new frontier for health care — and creating new opportunities for medical meetings.

David McMillin

Supported Article  Innovative Meetings

How One Conference Grew Its Footprint Through Co-Location

To grow its conference footprint, the Biomimicry Institute situated itself within the bigger, higher-profile environment of SXSW Eco.

Michelle R. Davis

 Meeting Management

The Best Conference You've Probably Never Heard Of

The 10-year-old e.g. Conference has succeeded by always taking chances and never going after predictable trends.

Barbara Palmer



How Can You Educate for Uncertainty?

It seems like being sure of something is always better than not, but for Jamie Holmes, a fellow at the New America think tank, ambiguity and uncertainty are underrated commodities — especially in the continuously disrupted new economy

Michelle Russell

Two Wide-Open Spaces in Texas

Last November I left behind a spell of cold, rainy weather in New York City for four days in Plano and Irving, Texas, with several other journalists, all of us hosted by Visit Plano and the Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Kate Mulcrone

 Convene On Site

24 Hours in Minneapolis

A new #mpls24 program offers planners a one-day site visit organized around their personal tastes, and Editor in Chief Michelle Russell was in Minneapolis to give it a test run.

Michelle Russell

 My New Favorite App


My new favorite app is Radish! Currently available in Chicago, Radish delivers healthy, chef-cooked meals to your door in minutes.

Convene Editors

 Post Con

33rd World Congress of Endourology and SWL

This past fall, two meetings became one when the endourology and oncology sections of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) co-hosted the first-ever World Congress of Endourology and SWL

Kate Mulcrone

 Career Path

Kelly Ricker: 'Say Yes'

Kelly Ricker, CMP, senior vice president of events and education for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), on how to build a satisfying, successful career

Christopher Durso


The Upside of Disobedience

We're taught from birth to obey -- but a new book makes the case for more disobedience in the workplace.

Michelle Russell


Paris After the Attacks

Clément Laloux, marketing manager for the Paris Convention & Visitors Bureau, on Paris after the terrorist attacks.

Christopher Durso

Also In This Issue

 Behind the Scenes

Convene Turns 30

Throughout 2016, we’ll be celebrating Convene’s 30th anniversary. Join us!

Michelle Russell

 To the Point

From Boomers to Gen Z

Meetings have a role in bridging the generational divide.

Deborah Sexton