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    3 Tips to Immerse Attendees in the Host City

     
    POSTED February 28, 2022
     

Incorporating the host city into the framework of the meeting is an effective way to enhance the content of the conference.

Host in Local Hotel
While attendees might flock to flag hotels, consider a boutique hotel as overflow to showcase the destination. In Lubbock, the DoubleTree by Hilton offers a local flair through design and cuisine; meanwhile, just a few streets over, the Cotton Court Hotel pays tribute to the area’s cotton history. 

Add Local Cuisine
Cuisine is a tasty way to connect attendees to your host city, and locally sourced ingredients featured at Lubbock’s Cocina de La Sirena or at local food trucks do just that. In Lubbock, impress guests with the original food truck, the chuckwagon! For a nightcap, include a signature cocktail; you might learn an intriguing story like the creation of Lubbock’s classic Chilton.

Choose Location-Specific Oddities
Bring the culture of the region to life with attractions like the Buddy Holly Center and the National Ranching Heritage Center. You might even find local celebrities at places like Prairie Dog Town!

With specialty items like coffee, honey, and destination stickers, CVBs are a great resource to highlight the destination as well. 

Each destination exhibits a unique character, giving insight to the nature of the community. Here people are eager to showcase the West Texas way of life.

A generation ago, people talked about the power lunch. Now, taking the “work from anywhere” trend to a new level,  Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino has introduced the “power palapa.”

These beach palapas, which line Aruba’s shoreline, have been outfitted with everything meeting attendees need to stay connected during breaks, including a power and USB charging station, laptop cooling pad, laptop sunshade privacy cover and a power bowl with hydrating aloe juice or coconut water.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.

 

Nebraska’s largest city, Omaha, continues to up its game as a destination for meetings and events and leisure travel. Working my first two years out of college for a large bank holding company based in Omaha, the recent announcements caught my attention.