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Why Destination Resorts Are the Best Choice For Your First In-Person Meeting

By M+E Staff

After about 15 months of Zoom happy hours and countless virtual meetings, events, and conferences, it’s clear that virtual gatherings don’t hold a candle to the magic that in-person gatherings can spark. People are excited for in-person events again.

Selecting large venues that have countless options within one property—such as destination resorts—make it exponentially easier for planners as they ease their way back to in-person meetings and events once again. Destination resorts like Turning Stone Resort Casino provide everything under one roof and more when it comes to planning your first in-person meetings.

Plenty of On-Site Activities
After a year’s worth of staying at home and social distancing from coworkers, teams are inevitably going to want to celebrate after reuniting. At a large venue like a destination resort, teams don’t have to choose between hotels that offer a spa or a golf course; instead, they can choose both when a team has varied interests. Plus, team-building activities are more important than ever to rebuild the comradery of a team. Cooking classes, archery, and touring the town together are all viable and fun team-building options to consider, without having to search for options outside of the resort.

“There is always so much to experience – even beyond the meetings themselves,” says Sarah Just, director of sales of Turning Stone Resort Casino. “In addition to offering a wide range of different meeting options, we understand that planners are looking for opportunities to enhance the meeting experience through things like “team re-building” programs and ways for meeting participants to simply unwind and relax.  We offer a variety of amenities, including championship golf courses, group cooking classes with our chefs, a Forbes rated spa, bustling restaurants, live entertainment, themed nightlife venues and so much more.”

On-Site Help With Planning
When booking at a destination resort, the large team of planners and consultants are there to support planners through the entire process. Meeting planners don’t have to do it alone when they book at destination resorts like Turning Stone—highly experienced managers can guide planners through the process, removing a lot of the stress of planning.

Space to Spread Out 
Destination resorts typically have much more space than an individual venue, even providing multiple room setups to choose from for groups of 10 or 1,500. Plus, planners can count on a higher level of technological capabilities at a destination resort.

“We are fortunate to have a highly-trained IT staff on property 24 hours a day, which is valuable for meeting planners meetings with some speakers in-person and others participating virtually,” says Chelsey Lavere, sales manager at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Dining Options for Everyone
Destination resorts provide countless options and opportunities for customization—something vital for groups. Everyone has their own preferences, and destination resorts provide plenty of options to satisfy everyone’s dietary needs and culinary dreams. Whether it’s a booking tables at a restaurant, reserving a private dining room within a restaurant, or ordering in-room dining, guests always have flexibility and an array of choices no matter what.

About Turning Stone Resort Casino 
A renowned, award-winning destination resort in upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino features world-class amenities including five hotels, two luxurious spas, five golf courses, more than 20 dining options, and several nightlife venues that have live weekend entertainment. Turning Stone also offers an 125,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, the Lounge with Caesars Sports, a state-of-the-art sports betting lounge, the Showroom, the resort’s intimate entertainment venue, and a 5,000+ seat arena. Conveniently located 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33, Turning Stone was named the #1 Best Gaming Resort in New York by Casino Player Magazine in 2020. Turning Stone has also earned the prestigious Conde Nast Johansens Award for Excellence for Meetings & Conferences and the Forbes Four Star Award for The Lodge, Wildflowers restaurant, TS Steakhouse and Skʌ:nʌ́: spa, and, for more than a decade, the AAA Four Diamond Award for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers restaurant.

For more information and reservations, call (800) 771-7711 or visit the website.