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“Views, views, views!” says Kristy Kennedy, group marketing specialist for the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, pointing out just one of the features mountains offer that you won’t find in an urban setting. “It just helps your attendees unplug. The mountains are a relaxing environment, away from the buzz of traditional life.” Serenity – along with well-appointed, state-of-the-art meeting spaces – helps people focus. Crystal Springs, for example, is less than an hour from New York City but worlds away from the fray, its versatile conference center equipped with suitable meeting spaces for corporate retreats of 10 or conventions for more than 2,000. “And when they leave the board room or convention floor, guests and groups can enjoy mountaintop hiking, canoeing, kayaking and horseback riding,” says Alloco. “Or delight in our seven premier golf courses and Mountain Creek’s 44 ski trails, 46 downhill mountain bike trails and a water park.” Planners don’t have to trade all the indoor team-building activities for all those mountain pursuits, however. At Crystal Springs, guests have a blast with some culinary options as well, themed on popular shows like “Iron Chef” and “Cupcake Wars.” On the other side of the continent, areas like the Canadian Rockies are truly singular. “They invite meetings in national parks,” says Schultz, “where animals typically have the right of way.” And you need not necessarily head for the trails to find them. You may have a meet-and-greet on the links! “Elk and deer are frequent visitors,” she notes. And, Kennedy points out, planners will enjoy partnering with professionals who make their jobs easier. “Quite often we’re a one-stop shop,” she says. “Many mountain destinations are all-inclusive and [ planners will have just one contact for planning activities, meals and rooms.” Think of the outdoor dining and speaker-related experiences for your attendees – they’re as versatile as the terrains themselves. In locales such as Arizona and New Mexico, Native American heritage might play a role – inviting local historians to discuss tribal life while chefs prepare a themed menu. And the mountains bring you closer to the heavens – stargazing events, complete with telescopes and astronomer speakers – may well give birth to big ideas. Indeed, that aforementioned mountain inspiration really takes hold when attendees gain new perspectives. “Trams and helicopter tours near the mountaintops tap into a primal survivor instinct,” Schultz points out. “No other destination provides such an immediate connection with nature to inspire outof-the-box thinking.” ● INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM BADGE HOLDERS pc/nametag, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 www.pcnametag.com CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAUS Ontario CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 www.discoverontariocalifornia.org/ meetings Riverside CVB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 www.RiversideCVB.com Sacramento CVB. . .Outside Back Cover www.visitsacramento.com Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 www.santacruzmeetings.travel HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTERS Hilton Sacramento Arden West. . . . . . . Inside Back Cover HOTELS & CASINOS Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at Heavenly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 www.TahoeResortHotel.com 22 | P E R S P E C T I V E | www.mpincc.org 631030_Alameda.indd 1 24/03/13 1:17 AM ] HOTELS & RESORTS Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 www.granlibakken.com Pacific Hotel Management. . . . . . . . . . . 6 www.ictheclementmonterey.com MEETING & BANQUET FACILITIES Alameda County Fairgrounds. . . . . . . . 22 www.alamedacountyfair.com MEETING VENUES Alameda County Fairgrounds. . . . . . . . 22 www.alamedacountyfair.com Monterey Bay Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 www.montereybayaquarium.org/events RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTERS La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover www.laquintaresort.com http://www.alamedacountyfair.com http://www.pcnametag.com http://www.granlibakken.com http://www.discoverontariocalifornia.org/meetings http://www.ictheclementmonterey.com http://www.RiversideCVB.com http://www.alamedacountyfair.com http://www.visitsacramento.com http://www.alamedacountyfair.com http://www.santacruzmeetings.travel http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/events http://www.laquintaresort.com http://www.TahoeResortHotel.com http://www.mpincc.org

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
POV
Destination: Sacramento
Take Your Meetings to New Heights
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com

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