• Mountain Action for Groups from Subtle to High-Flying

     
    POSTED August 21, 2017
     

Active groups are often happy groups. Why stay indoors in meeting rooms all day when so much more can be incorporated as demonstrated by these new ideas from Wyoming, California and Arizona?

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole in Wyoming has created a three day, three river fly-fishing experience led by the property’s in-house guide. The excursion is ideal for groups or incentive trips with all skill levels and includes the Snake, Salt and Green rivers. The excursion includes daily transportation in one of the Four Season’s luxury SUVs, a gourmet lunch prepared by resort chefs, and custom-made, handcrafted drift boats from Montana. fourseasons.com/jacksonhole

In California, Napa Valley Paddle offers two kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours on the Napa River that work well for groups. On the Living River Tour, witness the Napa River’s transition from saltwater wetland to the clear fresh waters of the Oak Knoll AVA, where the tour finishes. The Carneros Wildlife Preserve excursion (with two route options) explores the northern reach of San Pablo Bay, including Skaggs Island, a former top-secret naval installation during the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis. napavalleypaddle.com

In Arizona, treetop thrills at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course are soaring to new heights with the addition of Adventure Zip Lines. A network of 30 zip lines zigzag through the Ponderosa pines of Fort Tuthill County Park, with riders climbing seven ladders and traversing eight bridges to access zip line takeoff platforms. The zip lines join the popular adventure course that already offers more than 70 aerial challenges.  

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.