While the world is increasingly embracing a more virtual interaction at work, there are still times when meeting in person makes better sense. Both the venue and the location for a meeting should be carefully considered to ensure that your attendees will be excited to contribute and participate as they immerse themselves in what each destination has to offer.
However, there are many factors you’ll want to consider in the planning phase, one being the climate and geographical location for your proposed meeting. Arriving at a remote destination with high humidity levels and outdoor spaces might not be the smartest move for a growth strategy meeting.
It’s also important to contemplate how accessible the location is and the ease of transportation once your guests have arrived. How close is your meeting venue to your accommodation, key attractions and restaurants? What modes of transport are available and is the traffic heavy?
The destination should also align with the interests of your team while supporting your meeting outcomes. In some instances, a more intimate, remote setting can facilitate connection and clarity while other times an urban venue may inspire a younger demographic with access to an entirely different set of amenities.
Be inspired by each of these top meeting destinations and venues around the world that offer the best of business and leisure.
Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the seaside village of Tofino is a unique natural setting with intimate meeting spaces for teams of up to 50 individuals. Whether you decide to take a bus, fly in or drive to Tofino, the region offers opportunities for indoor and outdoor collaboration with high-speed internet connectivity. With its pure forest air and ocean horizon away from the stresses of urban life, meetings are inspired by the surrounding growth, making it possible to forge connections and refresh your perspective.
With its cutting-edge architecture and geographically convenient location, Dubai has one of the world’s busiest airports, representing a bridge between the East and the West. Having hosted a number of major international meetings and conferences, the city is focused on growth opportunities and partnerships with airlines, venues and hotels. Whether you’re planning a large conference or a relatively small meeting, the city is home to wide range of high-end hotel venues designed to cater to a variety of business needs. The Ritz-Carlton, for instance, is equipped with versatile meeting and event spaces, including one of the city’s largest ballrooms in addition to smaller salons. The hotel’s location also provides easy access to Dubai’s top sightseeing attractions.
Anguilla, Eastern Caribbean
Anguilla in the eastern Caribbean Sea is increasingly gaining appeal as an exclusive meeting destination. It can be reached via ferry from surrounding islands and is easily accessible by air from Europe, Latin America and North America. With an endless summer that is brought to life by long stretches of powder-white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, Anguilla not only offers the best hospitality, but a memorable business-meets-leisure experience. CéBlue Villas & Beach Resort can accommodate a gathering of up to 75 people, which includes strategy sessions and other enticing team-building activities arranged by expert staff. The five-star resort can additionally organise private dinners, beachside barbecues and relaxing daytrips for teams to bond.
Santa Fe, US
Rich in historical and cultural attractions, yet peaceful enough compared to other metropolitan areas, Sante Fe – nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains – is both the highest capital and the second-oldest city of the US, boasting a temperate climate, and was named by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the Best Small Cities in the US in 2021. La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa is conveniently located about an hour’s drive from Albuquerque international airport close to Sante Fe’s historic core. The resort has all the amenities, exclusive accommodation options and well-equipped function spaces that you’ll need for meetings and conferences. Its collection of intimate venues and event services include world-class catering for a well-rounded experience.
Atlanta, Georgia’s capital city, is one of America’s best business travel destinations boasting two international airports. It’s also home to a wide range of hotels, venues and restaurants within the city’s multiple business districts. The Buckhead district in particular stands out as a top culinary and fashion location with the stylish boutique hotel Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta set in the heart of this neighbourhood. The hotel offers luxurious vibrant interiors coupled with flexible tech-friendly meeting rooms complete with wet bars and comfortable lounge seating for the ultimate business experience.
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