Meetings have become so much more than breakout sessions and awards dinners. Anyone who has attended a conference or meeting, whether regional or national will see a shift towards more than just business networking and focusing much more on creating long-term relationships through team building and group discoveries. La Cantera Hill Country Resort is excited about the latest trends in conference and meeting planning… here are some of our very favorite trends for 2015.
Fun with Food
Forget sit-down dinners every night of the event! Groups can add a little fun to the traditional evening program. Events like La Cantera’s Grill Camp, where groups split into teams and compete for the best BBQ. This event offers interactive team building all while enjoying local cuisine. And for groups looking for a little less competition but all of the flavor, La Cantera offers Bordeaux Blending class allows everyone on a team to become a Master Sommelier for one night.
Offering groups the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and experience the unique and exciting local culture and cuisine helps keep attendees engaged.
The Great Outdoors
Meetings and conferences are so often jam-packed with important information and sessions attendees, but sometimes taking a break from the conference and stepping outside for some fun in the sun is the perfect way to refresh the attendee’s minds and create relationships. Everything from dinner on the golf course to wild and fun outdoor competitions will help energize your attendees. Our personal favorite at La Cantera Resort is our Resort Scavenger Hunt that sends teams throughout the 550 acre property on a race to remember. And then, of course, who wouldn’t be energized after a game of Adult Laser Tag on the driving range. Creating long-lasting memories outside the meeting room walls is a must.
Meeting and conference attendees are not only engaged in what is happening in person but also what is happening on social media. Custom hashtags, tagboards and social media contests are becoming more and more common at conferences and we love it. It is a great way to interact with attendees and keep them in the loop about all that is happening. La Cantera Resort offers the support of our marketing team to help shape group events online and in social media in order to make sure that each attendee feels completely invested in the event.