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Take Your Meetings to New Heights BY AMY DREW THOMPSON T The mountains are beautiful, mysterious and wild and have long been symbolic of both inspiration and achievement, all of which makes them ideal destinations for meetings. “It’s opposite the hustle and bustle of the city,” says Linda Alloco, director of sales for Crystal Springs Resort in the borough of Hamburg, N.J. “Mountain resort destinations provide a tranquil setting for corporate meetings. The serenity of the landscape has a calming effect, allowing guests to focus on the business at hand.” Indeed, the mountains are spectacular and offer team-building activities and outdoor events that vary from season to season. The same venue, in fact, can seem like four different places for a quarterly event: winter snowshoeing to spring trail rides, summer canoeing to fall foliage treks. And whether your attendees are hardcore sports enthusiasts or lean more toward the low key, meetings in mountain regions draw the numbers because they’re set in locations that no one wants to miss. It’s something area meeting professionals understand. “Mountain destinations have packagers and adventure concierge teams with great working relationships with the best outfitters and established group discounts,” says Gordon Schultz, administrator of Canadian Rockies Golf. “For example, we work with Golf Canada’s West, which has already negotiated rates with area hotels, golf courses, fly-fishing guides, hiking experts and transportation companies. Most larger hotels and resorts – such as the Fairmont, Banff Springs, Fairmont Jasper Lodge, Grand Rockies Resort, Delta Lodge and others – have inhouse teams that understand which activities will best fit within a meeting planner’s tight schedule.” And oh, those sweeping mountain vistas… ON THE WEB Crystal Springs Resort in Sussex County, N.J. Canadian Rockies Golf Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau P E R S P E C T I V E | fall 2013 | 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Fall 2013

Editor’s Note
Take 5
President’s Message
Connections Matter
If You Aren’t on LinkedIn, You Don’t Exist
5 Ways to Build a Better Attendee Experience
August Professional Education Program
MPI Spotlight
Destination: Sacramento
Take Your Meetings to New Heights
Index to Advertisers/

MPI Perspective - Fall 2013