Eileen Wennekers lives, works, researches, writes and designs in Toronto near the shore of Lake Ontario. She has taught design thinking, discourse analysis, and materialist history as a lecturer at OCAD University, and is the creative and executive director of Farewell Toronto.
Event Legacies: Two Case Studies Reveal Path to Success
Sometimes, there’s no better way to get a firm grasp on industry best practices than to learn from case studies. Here are two Danish congresses that reveal the best ways to approach event legacies from beginning to end.
Insights From 6 Years of Event Legacy Research in Denmark
Following six years of research, MeetDenmark has just released a new report with insights into the key ingredient for event legacy success: robust collaboration. Learn about the motivation behind this groundbreaking research, and discover some of the top findings that emerged.
DC Shows How to Turn an Event Destination Into a Bleisure Dream
Recent research from Freeman shows that 82 percent of professionals are looking to combine business travel with leisure. Taking inspiration from DC, here are five ways to ensure that your attendees benefit from the full bleisure experience at your next meeting.
Destination Brief: DC Raises the Bar for Convention Centers and City Attractions
Washington, DC is cementing its position as a leading meeting destination with its state-of-the-art convention center, some of the country's most unique venues, a thoughtfully redeveloped waterfront, and one of the best sustainability and DEI records around. Learn how the city — and Destination DC — can help elevate your next event.
Detroit: Inspire a New Generation of Event Attendees With Distinct Local Culture
Authentic, memorable experiences are now a key incentive for travelers to make the trip — and event attendees are no exception. As Detroit's legendary musical heritage demonstrates, a rich arts and culture scene can be the key to creating memorable moments of connection for attendees and travelers alike.
The White Hat – A Symbol of Ultimate Hospitality for Events
Skift Meetings' research shows that authenticity is the new "it factor" for event destinations. How can planners ensure that they deliver this kind of deeper connection to the local culture? A spirit of welcoming hospitality is the key ingredient, and Calgary provides a model with its white hat traditions — making guests feel like part of the community from the moment they arrive to their last farewell.
Hot Tech Conference Collision Defies Odds, Draws 35,000 to Toronto
Collision attracted 35,000 attendees to Toronto, not without issues. Communication breakdowns between the planning team and security threw a wrench into the sold-out conference’s best-laid plans. Still, the gathering makes it clear that people are willing to travel globally for events when they think it’s worth it.
Event Industry Sustainability Gap – Good Intentions Versus Action
The events industry joined together last year in a commitment to fight climate change as part of a Net Zero Carbon Events pledge signed at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow. Six months later, a report by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Cvent indicates that while there’s no lack of good […]
Cvent Bets on Return of In-Person Events to Offset Doubling of Losses
Cvent's first quarter losses nearly doubled to $31.4 million in the first quarter. CEO Reggie Aggarwal didn't flinch, expressing confidence that tailwinds spurred by increasing in-person attendance will offset inflation and other market worries for the rest of 2022.