America’s progressive yet always-on work culture can sometimes make it challenging for professionals to strike a balance between work and play. In 2016, U.S. travelers took 458.9 million domestic business trips yet left more than 662 million vacation days unused. As meeting planners, you have a unique opportunity to inspire a more balanced lifestyle by choosing destinations and venues purposefully designed to inspire and decompress.
Destination Hotels, manages more than 40 independent hotels, resorts, and conference centers in some of the most desired travel destinations in the U.S. and Mexico. Its Southeast collection comprises hospitality gems in New Orleans; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Charleston, South Carolina. Each hotel’s thoughtful combination of regionally inspired cuisine, experiences, and décor will keep attendees connected to and inspired by the city.
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, within blocks of the revitalized Bourbon Street, Royal St. Charles Hotel offers an ideal vantage point to witness the city’s transformative efforts. Visit this year and treat your attendees to the Big Easy’s Tricentennial Anniversary, a tribute to 300 years of history, diversity, culture, and resilience.
A little further east, the Carolina Inn and Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill are in the epicenter of Research Triangle Park, a 2-mile-wide, 8-mile-long hub of innovation that pioneered inventions such as the UPC barcode. Nicknamed “the Southern Part of Heaven” for its iconic hospitality and natural beauty, this college town allows ideas and smiles to flow freely.
If flip-flops are a way of life at work, Wild Dunes in South Carolina’s Isle of Palms is your ticket to white sandy beaches that are home to a thriving wildlife ecosystem, including one of the largest nesting sites for loggerhead turtles. The resort’s proximity to “Chucktown” — or Charleston — makes it easy to spend a team-building day exploring the town’s waterfront parks, historical sites, and famed city streets.
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