The JW Marriott Grand Rapids and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel now offer glow-inthe-dark yoga, where guests take a break from high-pressure meetings to enter a black-lit room full of music and energy. Upon arrival, attendees can have their arms, legs or faces painted with glow paint in preparation for yoga that is sure to quash any workday blues.

The experience was inspired by a Glow Yoga event that the JW Marriott hosted for a charity. TJ VanRhee, food and beverage operations manager, says that the event was so popular that staff had to recreate it for meeting and convention planners.

“Often convention attendees are left to choose between a fun cocktail hour or exercising in the hotel fitness center in between sessions to cap off their evenings—having to decide between fun or wellness,” VanRhee says. “Glow Yoga is fun, unique, memorable. Guests leave feeling refreshed, revived and more mentally focused.”

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

The 18-story, 303-room Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas is now open for business. Located within Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre, the hotel includes a 27,500-square-foot conference center with Regency and Junior ballrooms and additional breakout spaces, most with floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light.