• Meeting in Unexpected Places: Small Towns

    POSTED October 17, 2019

Sometimes small communities are overlooked as meeting and event destinations when frequently they have the capacity to host moderate-sized groups in an affordable and enjoyable fashion, especially if the towns are used to welcoming tourists. It may take some piecing together of lodging and venues, but Minturn (located between Vail and Beaver Creek) demonstrated how by hosting MountainCon 2019 from May 3-5.

Mountain-Con limits attendance to 40 and is for sport performance professionals looking to learn, network and collaborate on best performance outcomes for mountain sport athletes and general population clients. Based at Minturn Fitness Center, the conference included educational sessions, roundtable discussions, networking events and activities like yoga, mountain biking, hiking, trailrunning and fly-fishing. Evening receptions were held at Kirby Cosmos’ BBQ in downtown Minturn and 10th Mountain Whiskey Tasting Room in Vail, and attendees stayed in the local Eagle River Inn and Minturn Inn. 

By the time the now-iconic photo of one Fyre Festivalgoer’s pitiful cheese sandwich had gone viral, social media platforms and news outlets were abuzz with shock and bewilderment—questioning how the seemingly star-studded island excursion could have resulted in half-built FEMA-issued tents, cancelled musical acts and stranded attendees.


Benchmark has released its list of top dining trends for 2020 as observed by executive chefs and culinary experts at the global hospitality company’s 80 luxury hotels, resorts and restaurants, including Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs and Tivoli Lodge in Vail as well as the very recent addition of Manor Vail Lodge.


What these leaders may not realize is that the old approach to meetings, where someone talks the team to sleep is quickly becoming unacceptable. Companies and planners everywhere are ditching their boring meetings and adopting more effective practices.
Two factors driving revolution throughout the modern workplace also demand a new way of meeting: digitalization and VUCA, short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

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