"The main objective of the DMCs is to promote innovative programs to surprise the groups with tailor-made alternatives," says Stephanie Wear, consultant of economic development for Tenerife Tourism.
"Every year, we try to invest money into the property to make it fresh, but also to maintain the history that lives within our walls."
"Our event staff embraces the local culture and infuses many elements of it when planning events."
"It’s all about the experience, creating a destination where art, architecture and wine inspires the senses."
“Being completely immersed and surrounded by art really inspires those who meet here. The outcome is beyond what the attendees expect because it gets them thinking in a new, creative way.”
“Everybody said it was one of the best events we ever did,” says Gorton. “They were awestruck at Universal and couldn’t believe we brought in the sand for the first night’s event. Everybody kept saying we outdid ourselves.”
"I love when the planning phase is over and the actual event begins at the hotel. I find it extremely gratifying to watch everyone’s hard work pay off, see the event come to life and see my meeting planners and attendees having a great time."
The 1,315-sf winery floor serves as an event space that immerses attendees in the wine-making process.
“It’s even more optimistic than that, it’s almost like America is running back to Europe,” says Chris Lynn, vp sales/marketing for North America at London & Partners.
“We tell people to dress their best Southern.”
“We have groups coming to our destination two, three, four years in a row, and a good amount of those meeting attendees are coming back with their families on their leisure time.”
New Orleans’ famous tagline "Laissez les bon temps rouler" ain’t just whistling Dixie. The phrase (Let the good times roll) is intrinsic to this magical city, and it always revolves around cool music and spectacular food.
Groups booking the super trendy destination will not only gather in a variety of LEED certified spaces and hotels, but also submerge themselves in a truly unique lifestyle.
“Our customers have said that Orlando meetings attain the highest attendance of any other city."
"I’m very excited for us especially since we’re a company that’s been around for as long as we have. I joke with people that we are a 43-year, overnight success."
Today, more than $3.5 billion is being invested into furthering the area's redevelopment, creating more meeting/event space for large convention groups.
At the 301-acre town of Colonial Williamsburg near all of the many American Revolution era attractions are three area hotels, all providing gracious Southern charm, plantation-style architecture and functional meeting space.
“Thanks to its prime location in Mexico City’s business district, Live Aqua Mexico City caters to business travelers with modern and innovative amenities such as state-of-the-art meeting facilities and private concierges on each floor.”
In December 2013 the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is scheduled to open after a 3-month transition, in which the former Palace Resorts hotel property will be totally renovated into a rock n' roll utopia.
Birmingham is increasing with new meeting venues, The Library of Birmingham, Michelin Star restaurants, the Bullring shopping center, new retail establishments and modern uses for the city’s historic industrial architecture.
"I think one of my major focuses will be working with the board and the staff to ensure a successful launch of the newly expanded and renovated convention center with an emphasis on leveraging it for future business opportunities."
The San Diego Gaslamp caters to every imaginable style of group program with diverse meeting hotels, entertainment venues and over 100 restaurants, nightclubs and retail shops.
Venues like Bernardus Lodge, Portola Hotel & Spa, Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant and Earthbound Farm Organic’s showcase Monterey County's dedication to "farm to fork" cuisine.
Two of the things we hear most from planners is a growing need for more mid-size hotels and hotels that provide a fuller destination experience. The Autograph Collection was conceived specifically to meet those needs.
In December the hotel unveiled a spectacular 19-story LED digital canvas, the opening of Toro Toro restaurant by Chef Richard Sandoval and the newly designed suites of Venus Williams’ VStarr design firm.