Back Issue Magazine Archive

August 2016

Cover Story/Cover Story

Convene Celebrates 30 Years

Convene has chronicled three decades of change in the meetings industry — and changed right along with it.

Barbara Palmer

Illustration by Luci Gutiérrez


 Knowledge Hubs

5 Midsize Cities Using Their Local Knowledge Economies to Bring In Meetings

Meet five destinations that — despite their modest size — are drawing on local knowledge resources to attract high-caliber meetings and conventions.

Corin Hirsch

 CMP Series

How Planners Maximize the Benefits of Telecommuting

More people than ever are working out of the office — especially in the meetings industry, where frequent travel has created professionals who are used to doing their jobs wherever they happen to be.

Nichole Bernier

 Best in Show

It's All About Relationships

For the Best in Show 2016 edition, we are putting the spotlight on the people working behind the scenes to make your meetings and events shine.

Convene Editors


 Virtual Meetings

A Virtual Event for Lab Technicians

For professionals who don’t have a lot of time or money, this virtual event is a valuable alternative to in-person CE programs.

David McMillin

 There's A Meeting for That

The World of Halal

As this meeting proves, there's a lot more to halal tourism than the food.

Kate Mulcrone

Supported Article  Innovative Meetings

DigitalNOW Uses Story as Its Starting Point

A conference can tell a story — with sufficient collaboration. Here’s how digitalNow creates a new narrative every year.

Barbara Palmer


Tracking Device

AAPS used the new eventBit platform to gather real-time data about attendee behavior at a national conference.

Christopher Durso

Supported Article  F&B

Demystifying the Cost of Coffee

Coffee and labor costs will always fluctuate. How can you ensure you're getting a fair price?

Corin Hirsch

 Engagement + Marketing

5 Tips for Writing Killer Session Copy

It’s no longer a given that attendees will flock to your conferences because they need CEUs or education.

Dave Lutz, CMP



My Favorite App: Zkipster

This check-in app is one planner's go-to.

Convene Editors

 Career Path

John Toner V

"It's not going to happen overnight," says Toner, a vice president at the United Fresh Produce Association.

Christopher Durso


Beach Days at MPI’s World Education Congress

After an unexpected venue change in the months leading up to the show, WEC 2016 opened with a beach party on the sand.

Corin Hirsch


A Gem of a Show in Orlando

A trip to Orlando in April for the PCMA Road Show highlights the buzzy SAPPHIRE NOW tech conference.

Michelle Russell


Inside a Las Vegas Culinary Bacchanalia

A Las Vegas jaunt highlights Vegas Uncork’d, the city's premier food-and-wine festival, as well as several Caesars properties.

Corin Hirsch

 Global Meetings

Bracing for Brexit

EU-based meeting professionals and destination reps weigh in on the likely impact of Britain's withdrawal from the bloc.

Christopher Durso

Also In This Issue

 Behind the Scenes

Happy Anniversary to Us!

We’ve been celebrating Convene’s 30th anniversary all year. This month, we go big.

Michelle Russell

 To the Point

The Prize Is Inside

How the same old, same old can be made new again.

Deborah Sexton