Colorado is a mecca for association meetings and is national headquarters for organizations as varied as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Centennial and Brewers Association in Boulder. There also are numerous state and local chapters of associations regularly meeting within the state’s borders, resulting in all sorts of resorts, hotels, venues and suppliers with extensive experience working with associations.
For example, SnowSports Industries America, a trade association that has been in existence for more than 60 years, hosts its annual SIA Snow Show in Denver followed by a two-day On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest at nearby Copper Mountain Resort. The Meetings Industry Council of Colorado, made up of 13 professional associations related to the meetings and events industry, gathers attendees from around the state and beyond at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and a nearby host hotel each March for the MICE Educational Conference and Trade Show.
Colorado is a state that loves working with associations and that associations love to visit due the wide variety of communities to consider, top-notch facilities and suppliers to tap into, and experienced meeting planners and destination management companies to assist. Pre- and post-meeting options for attendees seeking to extend their stays are abundant, ranging from mountain, city, cultural and heritage experiences to ranch, farm and outdoorsy stays.
Plus, it is helpful to have a few extra minds and sets of hands to help out with association gatherings, and local destination marketing organizations like convention and visitor bureaus, tourism offices and Chambers of Commerce and destination management companies and planners stand ready to assist in a variety of ways. Tap local expertise to find the best fit for lodging, meeting and event space, activities, entertainment and suppliers and to provide destination welcomes and information for attendees.
Colorado’s central location and four seasons of fun make it a premiere place for association groups to converge for meetings, learning, trade shows and networking.