• Hill Country Meeting Venue Helps Planners Address Attendees’ Minds

     
    POSTED April 26, 2017
     

Armed with smartphones, tablets and laptops, meeting attendees are more connected than ever, but often have a hard time unplugging and focusing on the event they are attending. To draw attendees back to the present, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio helps planners orchestrate meetings that make mindfulness a priority.

At the resort, Windflower—The Hill Country Spa offers group yoga, meditation and opportunities to unwind at a private pool or large covered back porch overlooking 300 acres of Texas Hill Country.

“Mindfulness and its impact on meetings is something that’s just beginning to take hold in the meetings and events industry, but it’s a focus worth exploring,” says Jeff Donahoe, director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. “Health and wellness is more than just a meeting trend and mindfulness is part of that. Creating an environment where attendees can focus and engage makes meetings more productive.” 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.

 

Great lighting is key. Smart décor is a must. But the mood of any gala, auction or awards ceremony lies largely on the shoulders of its master of ceremonies. Who you choose to represent your cause or organization on stage can be the difference between an event that is “ho-hum” or “electrifying.”

Texas Meetings + Events reached out to three of Texas’s favorite emcees. They shared with us how they got where they are—and what they’re doing now—along with some sage advice.