Spas, havens of relaxation and tranquility that promote wellness and relief through services and amenities that relax the body and soothe the soul, provide the ultimate escape for on-the-go individuals. In fact, according to the International Spa Association, the No. 1 reason people go to a spa is to relax and to relieve or reduce stress. And in today’s troubling economic times, it’s likely your meetings are full of stressed-out attendees in need of serenity. “With this difficult economy, many people are facing more anxiety than ever, so providing a chance to pause and alleviate stress is critical and beneficial during a long business meeting,” says ISPA President Lynne McNees.
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing where to host your next conference. No one location is right for every event. Consider your attendees. Are they focused more on convenience, price, culture, or climate? If you’re planning a conference geared toward adventure-seeking sales reps, it’s probably important to look for conference locations with outdoor activities. But if you’re planning a conference for busy finance professionals, the most important factor might be convenience and finding a location that isn’t too far and has great internet connectivity.
When choosing a conference location, there are lots of things to consider, including:
- Travel costs
- Accommodation and restaurant costs
- Access to the airport
- A wide variety of activities
- Cultural attractions
- Number of rooms available
Golf can be one of the most challenging and frustrating games that you will ever play. Unlike other sports, your opponents are not trying to hit, tackle or throw one by you. No, in golf, you’re playing against the course and the conditions. Like in business, your fate is in your hands. Golf also magnifies true character. Engaging in a sport like golf allows you to see your playing partners in a variety of different situations: failure, success, leisure, and stress. If your round starts off as a casual, fun experience and ends with thrown or broken clubs (unlikely, but entirely possible!), then perhaps you have learned something about your business cohort that you wouldn’t have learned in a conference room. The qualities required to be a delightful golfing partner often match those of a good business partner– patience, cool under pressure, and adaptable. Finally, you can’t forget about the 19th hole. At the end of your round, having a beautiful clubhouse, first-class meal, and a celebratory drink will close the deal. We look forward to seeing you soon!