Columbia is promoting the entire destination experience to meeting planners now, versus just the meeting facilities.
And don’t think just any word or wand waving will do. As my group learned, spell work is taken very seriously in Diagon.
For arrivals, the staff can set up entire street parades to transport guests instead of using traditional coaches.
Detroit more than doubled its hotel night bookings for meeting delegates in 2014 over 2013.
For active groups, the resort can arrange zip lining activities, fishing and golf tournaments, and even laser tag.
New infrastructure, culture and a variety of meeting options at The Westin Kansas City are elevating meetings.
“The big trends are personalization and high service, and new ways to share something in common.”
Whether it means inviting attendees to secret locations, stimulating their five senses, or having them build buzz via audience response apps and social media, a top event trend for 2015 is immersive experiences.
Utilizing unique local venues offers attendees the opportunity to combine personal and professional goals.
“We’re trying to work harder and harder on the U.S. market.”
If you weren’t there, you missed it all, and then some.
“For a more personalized experience and event, the Hall’s All-Access Pass allows visitors to hear and see information tailored to their team of choice.”
“There’s a lot of cities that shut down at night, we’re the opposite of that.”
Project is one of the largest urban redevelopments in the U.S. presently.
One of the ballrooms has an outdoor terrace facing the UNESCO World Heritage City.
“Incorporating mind and body activities into a day’s itinerary can help to stimulate creativity and promote productivity and alertness.”
Who needs a function room when you can party at an ice bar? Or dine while watching sharks swim past? During a recent visit, we were able to sample 5 unforgettable Las Vegas venues and experiences at MGM Resorts along The Strip.
Kansas City’s arts scene has taken root in a thriving downtown core thanks to a recent urban development project.
Nashville’s Broadway street is chock full of live music venues and whiskey parlors that give songwriters and bartenders outlets to test their hands at becoming Nashville’s next famous musician or whiskey distiller.
“Combined with Chinese customs and a lot of Macau delights, we can certainly provide groups with an authentic local experience.”
Life-size Jenga, hallway bowling, ping pong and fitness video games are just a few ideas to help stir engagement outside of the meeting room.
“The Omni Nashville Hotel is a local attraction itself.”
““One of the really special areas in the resort is our pool and beachscape, featuring multiple pools and activities like the unique beachfront FlowRider Double, cabanas, a poolside food truck and some really interesting recreational activities.”
“You can now travel from Big Ben for a 30-minute transfer by boat to the convention center.”
The new advisory group is helping Visit Scotland Business Tourism position itself for the future.