How to Choose a Corporate Retreat Destination

By Deana Mitchell, CMP, DMCP, CCSE A corporate retreat offers attendees a chance to unwind, accomplish goals, have fun and bond as a team in a unique location. Planning a corporate retreat in Colorado should be equally enjoyable and stress-free as any place you can find! Here are five tips about how to choose a… Read more »

On-Site Visits Worth the Effort when Planning Meetings and Events

By Beth Buehler Whether I’m visiting destinations, checking out venues or taking part in activities to help plan a meeting or event or to develop content for Colorado Meetings + Events and Mountain Meetings, there is nothing like having your feet on the ground and actually experiencing the place and people. As a case in… Read more »

Catering Trends for Groups

By Beth Buehler It’s always fun to hear about food trends in the meetings and events industry. Destination Colorado checked in with Lauren Basil, lead event designer for Biscuits & Berries based in Golden, for the latest trends in Colorado catering. What have been the three or four most standout catering trends for 2019? We’ve… Read more »

Meeting Facilities in Loveland, Colorado

By Beth Buehler Situated in the foothills of the mountains, just 45 minutes north of Denver, Loveland is a gateway to one of the United State’s most visited national parks: Rocky Mountain National Park. However, Loveland easily stands on its own as one of the country’s best small art towns with three sculpture parks, more… Read more »

Meeting Facilities in Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado

By Beth Buehler Chaffee County is home to the Arkansas River Headwaters Recreation Area, a dozen 14,000-foot peaks, a mild year-round climate, and a variety of meeting and event facilities in Buena Vista and Salida. While people of all ages flock to the county to enjoy outdoor recreation, soak in the hot springs and stroll… Read more »

Why Should Your Business Join Destination Colorado?

By Beth Buehler Established in 1993, Destination Colorado is a statewide nonprofit membership association of approximately 130 Colorado-based businesses and destination marketing organizations that provide meeting, event planners and incentive buyers with a platform brimming with services and facilities. Membership is open to hotels, venues, conference centers and applicable meeting service entities that are based… Read more »

What are CMPs and how can they help plan a meeting?

By Beth Buehler When you see CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) behind a meeting professional’s name, it’s essentially an internationally recognized badge of excellence and symbol of credibility, much like an accountant earns a CPA. Having a certified meeting planner or supplier on your team (staff or hired for a specific gathering) helps provide peace of… Read more »

Should You Hire a Photographer for a Colorado Meeting?

By Beth Buehler There are a lot of moving pieces when managing a meetings budget. It’s similar to remodeling a home as there are choices regarding the must haves, things that can be scaled back, and optional items that can be set aside for “if the budget allows” conversations. It’s pretty easy to guess the… Read more »

Colorado Group Transportation in Cities and Mountains

By Beth Buehler Making sure attendees successfully get from point A to point B (and maybe even C, D and E) and the manner in which it’s done can make or break a gathering. In Colorado, there are the more traditional ways of offering Colorado group transportation as well as distinct options like sleighs, snowcats,… Read more »

What’s the Best Time to Book Group Events in Estes Park?

By Eric Lund Estes Park is a unique mountain destination in Colorado because the fall, winter and spring seasons are the best times to book group events, as those are the shoulder or off-seasons. It is opposite from Colorado’s ski resort destinations’ busy season, which many times is winter. Meeting planners can save around $100… Read more »

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