Mark your calendars: The Emerging Sales Professionals Association will host its sixth professional development symposium for sales professionals of publicly owned or operated convention and meeting venues on May 3, 2017, at the Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue, Wash. The symposium, called ESP6, will co-locate with the International Association of Venue Managers Region IV Conference.
Looking to venture off the beaten path of the I-5 corridor? Head to the high desert of Central Oregon, where you’ll find all of the views and activities—plus 300 days of sunshine—to delight your meeting and event attendees. From the 1880s Western-town atmosphere of Sisters to the lava fields where Apollo astronauts suited up to practice the moonwalk, Central Oregon is a place where you can let your imagination run wild.
Our industry is rife with examples of ingenuity, inventiveness and the independent spirit, so it’s not surprising that meeting and event planners are embracing the growing maker movement, which focuses on the do-it-yourself—often technologybased—artisan community. The maker movement is well represented in the Northwest and off ers both team-building opportunities and venue options for corporate and private groups.
Each July, Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, transforms into the weeklong Oneweek. The event is an opportunity for Microsoft employees to come together to learn about new products and services, and to bring their own ideas to life through presentations and activities. The week culminates with a keynote speech on the company’s bold ambitions and opportunities.
A well-executed familiarization (FAM) trip—just like a well-planned event—belies the months of strategizing, behind-the-scenes coordination and, quite frankly, sheer fortitude that goes into its planning. But behind every flawlessly timed afternoon of venue tours or masterfully planned zip-lining adventure is a convention and visitors bureau (CVB) staff whose 24/7 smiles mask the around-the-clock effort it takes to pull it all off.
We asked representatives from two regional CVBs to share their secrets to planning a successful and productive fam trip.
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre announced that its South Building is undergoing a $23 million renovation and modification, which will include 10 new meeting rooms, offering an additional 13,000 square feet of event space. Tvsdesigns and IA Interior Architects will guide the renovation, projected to complete in early 2018.
Warm up on a chilly Northwest afternoon with this delicious concoction from Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.
—2 oz. house-infused chai vodka
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—2 oz. house sour mix of simple syrup and freshly squeezed orange, lemon and lime juices
You'll hear and see the phrase “pura vida” everywhere in Costa Rica. The simple translation is “pure life,” but the meaning goes much further and epitomizes the soul and spirit of this beautiful Central American country.
Columbia Hospitality, a hospitality management company based in Seattle, has launched Work Hard, Play Hard, a wellness program aimed to improve meetings. The program will be offered at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Kitsap Conference Center and Talaris Conference Center.
The program is aimed to improve participants’ health and happiness through customizable options. Offerings range from creative stations to interactive fitness activities. The program is a bit different for each conference center.