Think Outside the Ballroom

The next time you’re brainstorming potential destinations and venues for an upcoming sales meeting or conference event, we recommend that you think outside the ballroom.  Cruising is a very affordable way to bring a team together for a productive mix of business and pleasure!

If you’re hosting a national – or international – event, your attendees are already booking a plane ticket.  Chances are that flying to a coastal port city will not add much to the cost of their transportation.  The all-inclusive concept aboard a cruise also makes it simple and straightforward for you to negotiate your attendee’s accommodations, which will automatically incorporate all of your food and beverage arrangements.  Along with the variety of gourmet options you will have, you can easily host private functions for your team – the catering teams on board are thrilled at the opportunity to customize their offerings for groups.

Inviting your team to take a cruise will create a unique and memorable experience.  Arrangements made for clients has included free corporate meeting space that is equipped with all of the audio-visual technology they have requested.  The ships sailing right now are state-of-the-art and are beautifully decorated, so you couldn’t ask for a nicer venue.  They also provide direct access to fun team-building activities, world-class entertainment, and breathtaking global destinations.  Another bonus is that any family members who choose to tag along will have plenty to keep them occupied while your group is being productive.

With the ability to customize everything from the coasters in your rooms to the desserts served to your team, the ability to create a branded experience that will have a lasting impact on your attendees is limitless.  Compared to hosting an event in a hotel or convention center where your planners are managing multiple venues, negotiating menus and decor, and coordinating all of the necessary vendors, booking a cruise could easily save you 30%.

Offer your guests the ability to unpack once and see multiple destinations.  With unparalleled value, these mobile cities of the sea are a great place to host your next event.  Call us today for more information!

Refresh Your Conference Events

Refresh Your Conference Events

Incorporate these elements into your meetings and conference events to keep your audiences engaged and active.  These four components have been proven to increase productivity and generate more effective results!

1.)  Get Some Fresh Air:  After hours of bathing in fluorescent light in a conference room somewhere in the depths of a convention hall, the best way to re-energize your attendees can be to step outside and enjoy some sunlight.  Plan a session that offers education or networking outside on a patio, or host a break in a courtyard.  During colder months, utilize interior spaces with windows that let in natural light.

2.)  Problem Solving:  Stimulate creative thinking by leading classic ice breakers to kickoff a session, or by providing games or problem-solving scenarios that teams have to work through.  This enhances cooperation and engages a different part of the brain, which makes for more productive conversations throughout the day.  It also offers a more intimate connection for attendees to introduce themselves and network authentically.

3.)  Kinetic Movement:  Improve brain function by increasing blood flow with 20 minutes of aerobic activity.  Boost your participants’ cognitive abilities with a guided morning hike, an afternoon yoga session, or a competitive photo scavenger hunt.

4.)  Experiential Learning:  Studies have shown that we learn more effectively when we physically do something, as opposed to hearing about it or just watching.  Incorporate activities into educational components that help your attendees make an emotional connection with a leader, a product, a brand or a goal.  Contests and interactive campaigns are a great way to engage an audience, and they can also activate sponsorships from your partner vendors(an easy way to showcase their products and services!).

Integrate activities of all types into your event programming to motivate conference attendees and encourage more active participation.  Leverage the time you have together to inspire the most innovative and effective solutions your teams can come up with, and make the event memorable for them at the same time.