As one of the fastest growing trends in travel, voluntourism, or social impact travel, has become a viable option for groups seeking immersive, hyperlocal experiences in exotic destinations.
With an average of over 18 years of experience, the planners in attendance were highly seasoned and conversations overflowed with shared experiences and advice.
Months ahead of its ninth annual conference, the 2015 Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is already expected to draw a record turnout to Mexico City.
Groups can take some interesting tours to learn more about Maine’s growing beer scene or its relationship with Stephen King novels.
“When I work with the big convention groups that are visiting, a lot of people comment that we have so many restaurants that are local to Seattle, and that are so easy and accessible."
"Guests can enjoy the beautiful vegetation of the native forests of Costa Rica, and watch the animals that live inside the reserve such as iguanas, monkeys, coatis and several birds."
"A team made up of people of different ages can have combined benefits. For example, the younger generation may have a better command of new technologies and the older generation could have a better understanding of a well-anchored corporate culture.”
“The investigative tours can be a teambuilding experience as members of your group break into smaller groups to investigate separate areas of a facility.”
“From critical battles of the Civil War to the growth and evolution of jazz, KC has a lot to offer history buffs.”
"The goal of the hub is be a gathering place to share and inspire each other to keep on exploring.”
The Annual Incentive Invitational, which started with 50 attendees 22 years ago, drew 550 people to Miami's Trump National Doral Resort this week.
Norfolk’s central location on the Eastern seaboard makes it easily accessible to two-thirds of the U.S. population.
Visionary Summit attendees learned not to assume anything, including that there will be heat in winter at your hotel in the middle of Morocco's Atlas Mountains.
Despite making up roughly 60 percent of the hospitality workforce, inequality still runs rampant for many women in travel and tourism. Although easily claiming roles as travel agents, tour operators and meeting and event planners, the glass ceiling becomes increasingly visible at the managerial level, a statistic that Accor is doing its part to change.
"Trains are unique. There is something special about them that makes you feel young and playful, and our train also has the added facet of luxury."
Columbia is promoting the entire destination experience to meeting planners now, versus just the meeting facilities.
For events where there is a lot of learning and buzz, creating an event hashtag makes sense. For others, it might not.
Hilton Chicago's pharma-specific website has been a big hit with planners.
The art show is designed to show Singapore's creative, cultural side.
These 14 turnkey experiences allow attendees "to go beneath the surface, behind-the-scenes and hands-on to discover Baltimore’s unique story.”
What gets you worked up the most about meeting planning in 2015?
"This provides these special programs the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the game of golf while cultivating relationships amongst their colleagues.”
The best meeting design sessions involved knowledge sharing and rotating conversations.
The 'JW Voices for Women' program stems from Marriott's partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative.
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel offers unmatched flexibility with two sister hotels and huge meeting space.