Serene Sonoran Desert retreat, or earthy elegance in Colorado Springs? 19th century city charm, or beachfront sophistication on Galveston Island? Golf, spa, or fitness center? A host of factors contribute to choosing the right hotel for your meeting or event. State of the art technology and ample, flexible meeting space are often among the top of meeting planners’ venue checklists, but equally important consideration should be given to hotel location and amenities. A desirable destination, premium activities and sophisticated food and beverage facilities can make a significant difference in both guest attendance and satisfaction.
We have seen the road warriors of old give way to proponents of the “bleisure” trend in recent years. Increasingly, business travelers no longer want their time away from home to be all work and no play. Scheduling in a friendly game of golf, relaxing massage or time to see the sights makes the stress of business travel more manageable. Bleisure travelers want to expand their horizons and experience new cultures, and they are happy to tack on a couple days of vacation time to do just that. According to travel website Skift’s latest reports, business trips that last three or more days are 30% more likely to include an additional leisure trips, and 84% of bleisure trips are spent in the same city or area as the business trip.
Location, Location, Location
When people attend a destination meeting, location matters. A recent Cvent article states that a desirable location always increases meeting attendance. Guests are excited by the prospect of exploring a new, or interesting location during their downtime.
“Interesting” just scratches the surface of the charming Galveston Island in Texas. The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, offers legendary hospitality, elegant accommodations, and the convenience of being within walking distance to many of the island’s most interesting attractions. Its sister hotel, Hotel Galvez & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, blends a prime beachfront location, just steps from Pleasure Pier, with iconic grandeur and modern amenities like the heated outdoor pool and full-service day spa, which integrates indigenous ingredients into their soul-soothing treatments.
Relax & Recharge
When meeting attendees are not at a session or out exploring the local area, they are seeking opportunities to relax…in whatever form that takes for them. Hotels with upscale offerings such as golf courses, spas, and fine dining make it easy to mix in some pleasure while getting down to business.
The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, is an exquisitely restored historic building in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Originally built as a stock exchange for local mining companies, the hotel now offers unforgettable cuisine and cocktails, as well as the ahhh-inducing MX Spa. The Mining Exchange’s central location puts guests just minutes from some of Colorado’s most sought after attractions, including Pikes Peak, the Garden of the Gods, and Fort Carson.
The breathtakingly beautiful surroundings of Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona set the stage for an unforgettable meeting experience. During downtime, guests can indulge in the soothing services of the Sonoran Spa, refresh in one of three sparkling pools, or wander the exquisite specialty gardens. More active pursuits include exploring nature paths by horseback, hitting the championship tennis courts, or heading out to the stunning nearby golf course for 18 holes.
Whether you choose to host meetings in a vibrant city or more remote destination, an interesting, desirable location plays a significant role in delivering exceptional meetings. To make a lasting impression on your clients and guests, plan your next event at a Wyndham Grand hotel or resort. Their experienced staff, breathtaking locations and indulgent amenities offer everything you need to attract and impress guests.