What are Hosted Buyer Programs and How to Maximize the Format?

By Beth Buehler Meeting Professionals International (MPI) describes a hosted buyer program as a “hosted set of appointments between buyers (event planners) and sellers of goods, services and venues (suppliers)” where event industry suppliers pay a fee to participate, which helps cover event planners’ hotel costs and conference registration. The goal is to create a… Read more »

How to Plan Client Appreciation Events that Guests Want to Attend

By Beth Buehler Saying thank you never goes out of style, whether it’s via a note in the mail, phone call, thoughtful gift or invitation to a client appreciation event. The first three approaches are fairly cut and dry, but asking customers to attend a gathering is at another level since it takes time out… Read more »

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Best Meeting Spaces in Beaver Creek for Destination Meetings and Tradeshows

By Beth Buehler Considering a mountain gathering and seeking a meeting space that will impress? It’s hard to beat Colorado’s Vail Valley with destinations like Beaver Creek, Vail, Avon, Edwards and Minturn. Growing up in Colorado, I learned how to ski in Vail before Beaver Creek opened in 1980. However, the resort quickly established itself… Read more »

How to Create Interest in a New Destination Meeting or Event

By Beth Buehler The decision has been made to create a new destination meeting or event. Maybe it will become an annual gathering or perhaps it’s a one-off to introduce a product, assemble the team for a new sales initiative or invite top clients as a thank you. Regardless, you have to create interest among… Read more »

Sip-Worthy Colorado Cocktails for Groups

By Beth Buehler   Signature cocktails are always fun to try when visiting great Colorado hotels and ranches. As a toast to summer, three Destination Colorado members shared their special recipes.  C Lazy U Ranch  Located near Granby, C Lazy U Ranch is celebrating its 100th anniversary in style with signature cocktails, including the 1919… Read more »

6 Game-Changing Venues for Trade Shows in Boulder, Colorado

By Clay Perry  Is Boulder the next great trade-show-incubator destination?  With the city’s conference space topping out at 9,000 square feet, many emerging trade shows have found Boulder just the perfect size for nurturing small to mid-sized trade shows, expos and events that are just getting off the ground.  A pioneering, innovative spirit (Boulder routinely… Read more »

Durango’s Distinct Meeting Spaces and Adventures

By Marsha Wilson Nestled in southwestern Colorado and surrounded by rugged peaks, Durango is home to some of the state’s best options for groups in the areas of attractive and functional meeting and event spaces and outstanding outdoor, historic and cultural attractions.  Places to Gather Durango is the perfect destination for corporate retreats, company team-building… Read more »

Winter Park Meeting and Event Spaces

By Beth Buehler One of the biggest benefits of Winter Park is being only 67 miles from Denver and slightly off-the-beaten path. However, in my mind it’s the variety of distinct meeting and event venues and lodging and a full quiver of fun activities that make it a destination that should be on the radar… Read more »

Tips for Planning a National Convention in Colorado

By Devon Binder My career as an event professional has allowed me the opportunity to travel and produce events in many wonderful places—London, Paris, the Virgin Islands, Napa Valley, San Francisco and New York City to name a few. Yet, I am always excited to have a client that wants to consider Colorado as the… Read more »