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The context of my question is the following. I am involved in organization of a conference which is held every year but in two different places (every second year in each of them). What is the best formal way of saying that the location of a recurring event changes between two places? I want to put it on the conference web-page, therefore I need some nice solution.

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Thanks to everybody for their suggestions. It is @smithkm's answer I have decided to use, so I've accepted it as one that best suits what I need. – Mad Hatter Mar 16 '14 at 9:06
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I'd say it has "alternating locations of X and Y" or that it is "alternately held in X and Y".

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It alternates between x and y. – WS2 Mar 14 '14 at 23:11
@WS2 I considered that but it lacks the indication of being located in those places. It just indicates there is some relationship that alternates between them. It's probably OK in context but I decided to play it safe with my suggestions. – smithkm Mar 14 '14 at 23:19

The two (feasibly more) locations are alternating or rotating venues.

You might prefer the second version if there are more than two, particularly if they host the event in a regular cycle. And if there's no pattern to the hosting sequence, you might prefer alternative.

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I like the sound of rotating venues, although it sounds a bit more active than the actual process. – David M Mar 15 '14 at 1:07
@David: How "active" can a venue be? It's irrelevant if the process of selecting one is a major activity. All that matters is every venue gets to be host at least sometimes, usually on some kind of regular predictable basis. – FumbleFingers Mar 15 '14 at 1:12
I said I liked it (and up voted it). It just makes it sound like the place is spinning on it's own access, that was my point. – David M Mar 15 '14 at 1:31
@David: I bet if you'd been a Victorian you'd have have been embarrassed / offended / titillated by the sight of a bare piano leg. Practically all language use is figurative, so we the audience have to allow for that and screen out irrelevant connotations. In this case maybe that's easier for me than for you because I'm familiar with both the forms I gave above - on subsequent encounters, you've already done that "screening" before, so habituation homes straight in on the connotations that are wanted. – FumbleFingers Mar 15 '14 at 13:38
I think you've misunderstood my point. I use rotating in the same manner. It just amuses me to think of the other meanings it could take on. I have no doubt of its usage or even aptitude. Imagine I said we have a rotating venue and you got there to find it spinning. That is all. No blushing at piano legs or giggling at the tit mouse, just purely amusing imagery. – David M Mar 15 '14 at 14:00

Alternating between venues yearly.

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The conference is held in X and Y in alternate years.

You could also mention that it's in X in even years and Y in odd years, or leave the reader to infer that from the fact that the 2014 conference is in X.

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In tourism, they talk about twin-centre or dual-centre holidays, I would describe an event happening out of two locations as dual-centre or dual location

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That (to my ear) sounds like the event is co-hosted at both locations every year. – Pieter Geerkens Mar 15 '14 at 1:53

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