• A Seamless Search for Venues

    FROM THE Fall 2022 ISSUE
    Photo credit: Adobe Stock / Mallmo, Kapow!

Finding sites for a meeting, event, or conference is never easy. Often you are planning get-togethers in a city other than where you live and that you may not be familiar with. One option is to Google venues in your host city, and while you are likely to find good options this way, you’ll need to sort through myriad search results before you find something that will work for both your group and your budget. That’s a time-consuming process. But there is an easier way: online venue-sourcing websites. 

Cvent offers far more than just venue sourcing—with features including event registration, management, and marketing—and with some 234,000 venues in its system, the company might just offer the most options worldwide for hosting your event. The site is heavy on large event venues, such as hotels and conference centers, but you can dig deeper into the database for smaller event spaces. cvent.com

EVENTup has similar venue-finding capabilities, but users are able to explore by city. The website finds venues not only in a state’s major cities, but also in numerous smaller cities attractive to budget-conscious planners of small- to medium-sized gatherings. EVENTup does not provide upfront pricing without requesting a quote, but if you are looking for venues outside of a major city, start your search here. eventup.com

Kapow! offers listings of curated event venues in major cities across the country. Specializing in corporate events, the site promises leads and pricing for local restaurants, team-building activity providers, caterers, performers, distilleries and brewpubs, and rentable photo booths. The site presents general cost ideas but will provide a customized quote if you opt to submit detailed information about your upcoming event. kapow.com 

"We have always done it this way" just doesn’t cut it anymore. The landscape of meeting planning is going through a quiet revolution, and the old rules no longer apply. Instead, they are being replaced with new treatments from the once-sacred conference tote bag to the way chairs in the ballroom are arranged. We talked to meeting planners who are creating fresher, more authentic approaches to your average meetings.  

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There is nothing like the energy of a college campus as students return for the fall semester. By the time Labor Day hits, many students are itching to get back to their friends and return to routine, even at the cost of exams, papers, and presentations. 


Lauren Bennett McGinty took over as executive director of Explore Minnesota Tourism in November 2021. The longtime Minnesota resident who moved here from Milwaukee when she was four has thoughtful reasons about why she remains in the North Star State.

“I moved to Minneapolis after I graduated from [Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter], and I put my roots down here,” she says. “I think a lot of it is I continue to find something new everywhere I go, and the people here are just wonderful. We have such a diverse and rich culture. I love everything about it.”