Non-traditional Breaks, Retreat-like Meetings and an Uptick in Bookings Expected Next Year
With a new year on the horizon, Kindred Resorts & Hotels, a collection of 63 independent hotels and resorts uniquely focused on the group and meetings market in North America, is pleased to share their findings for 2018 meetings trends.
2018: WHAT’S IN
Groups are wanting to embrace health and wellness by getting outdoors and partaking in activities instead of simply pausing in between sessions to check email over a cup of coffee. Meeting planners are looking for and finding a variety of ways to keep attendees engaged during breaks.
IDEAS: Immersive experiences with local culture and surroundings, brainstorming breaks, networking and teambuilding activities like; forest bathing, archery, animal interactions, nutritional workshops, meditation sessions, various types of yoga, and even oxygen breaks.
WHAT’S OUT IN 2018
Coffee Breaks, Classroom-style and boardroom meetings will be on the decline. No more paper and less plastic.
IDEAS: Outdoor meeting locations like; Cottages, barns, pool decks, restaurants and common areas are expected to be booked, giving meeting attendees a different perspective and backdrop. The use of technology from apps, social media during a meeting and downloadable event programs.
“At the majority of our properties, booked business is on the rise and 2018 is predicted to be a strong year,” said Bree Brostko, Managing Director of Kindred Resorts & Hotels. “The way people want to meet is changing which provides exciting opportunities for our properties and their clients. Being healthy, connecting with colleagues in a meaningful way and in a distinct setting, are all going to be important facets of the meeting and event experience in the next year.”
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