No Host Bar vs. Hosted Bar: Pros and Cons

By Beth Buehler   The topic of who is paying for drinks at the bar is a conversation that happens for every meeting or event, unless it’s a business or social occasion that doesn’t involve alcohol of course. At various conferences and events I attend for work, many times Colorado wine, beer and spirits are… Read more »

New and Innovative Promotional Products for Meeting Attendees

By Beth Buehler It’s always fun to see what people come up with for promotional products (or swag as we call it in Colorado) that inspire meeting attendees and clients to take the items home or back to the office. That’s what we want, right? The life of our brand and our logo lives on… Read more »

Destination Colorado Celebrates 25 Years in 2018

Destination Colorado, a non-profit statewide resource for meeting and event planners, celebrates 25 years in 2018.  In honor of this silver occasion, a video was put together by some of the key players in the organization including Janie McCullough, Executive Director of Destination Colorado, Stacy Daeffler, Manager of Destination Colorado, several current and past Board… Read more »

Key Site Selection Tips for a Destination Meeting

By Beth Buehler There are many facets to consider when planning a destination meeting in Colorado or anywhere, and this list of 10 tips can help organizers strategically think through the process. Meeting objectives – First and foremost, knowing the purpose of the meeting and having a clear sense of what needs to be accomplished should… Read more »

Destination – Estes Park

Estes Park is located just over an hour from Denver and is located at the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Our mountain village attracts meetings and events year-round with the bluebird days of summer and mild winters. Wildlife wanders freely, and stunning mountain vistas surround the town on all sides. Nature and outdoor… Read more »

Colorado for Business Retreats

I don’t know about you, but, when I hear the word retreat, I think of being outdoors, with a group of people. Being outdoors. Doing something fun. Using my outside voice. Doing something that I’ve never done before. Going back to the office with a fresh perspective. Hi. I’m Clay Perry, with the Boulder Convention… Read more »

Safety and Security Planning for a Destination Meetings and Events

By Beth Buehler  It seems like the atmosphere of today requires groups and meeting and event planners to be on top of their games regarding risk management; safety and security, more than ever before. Last year at the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference & Trade Show, I attended a pre-conference, planners-only session that… Read more »

How to Negotiate a Meeting Contract

By Beth Buehler   With a solid seller’s market currently in place, contracts and negotiations are getting more complex according to Meetings Outlook, 2018 Summer Edition, published by Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Of those surveyed, 67 percent confirmed the seller’s market status while 55 percent indicated that contract negotiations are becoming more complex. Also, 22.8… Read more »

How to Run Your Own Team-Building Exercises

By Beth Buehler  Team-building provides an important time to rally the troops, engage conversation and connection, and facilitate fun or community service outside of meeting time. There is team-building you can plan on your own, and then there is team-building that is best left to the experts such as destination management companies, companies such CBST… Read more »

Hi My Name Is … Creating more interactivity at your next meeting

By Beth Buehler    If you have looked around at hotel lobbies lately, especially those built or renovated in the past five years or so, they are designed with interactivity in mind. Kimpton Hotel Born and HALCYON, two newer properties in Denver, and the recent upgrade to the lobby space at historic Hotel Boulderado in… Read more »

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