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