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thought leadership

3 Days in ...

would be
simple to fill three days with goings-on,
especially when there are meetings,
educational sessions, keynotes and the
like to program before you worry about
the fun extracurriculars - but with so
many different attendees, there are just
as many ideas about which activities are
most appealing in any given destination.
Read on for a sampling of how to fill
your attendees' time, not kill it.

Coastal destinations are a no-brainer,
but you have to think critically. For
every few people who can't wait to get
their toes in the sand and surf, there's
another for whom beach view is far more
appealing than the actual strand itself.
Be sure to build in some free time for
folks to hit the pool or the surf - hooking
up with outfitters for stand-up paddle
boarding, parasailing or jet skiing to
give those interested in getting salty the
choice to do so. Meanwhile, hook into
the local shopping scene for attendees
who'd rather not get into bathing-suit
mode and schedule a tour that pops
into local foodie spots (Fudge? Taffy?
Craft beer?) and mixes it up with great
places for regional gifts to take home.
If your property isn't waterfront,
consider moving the party to a nearby
property or venue that is for your morning
sessions, then - weather dependent -
host your mid-morning break in a
space that overlooks the beach, sound,
bay or canal, open-air or enclosed.
Want your attendees to "breathe fire"
into their collaboration efforts? Consider
dragon boats as a team building exercise.
These 20-person boats require all
the paddlers to work in unison for the
same end goal. There are organizations

all over the country that enjoy this
pastime - whether coastal or on lakes.

Chinatown) or check out the best of what's
local (barbecue in Memphis, Tex-Mex in
San Antonio or pierogis in Pittsburgh).

Cosmopolitan settings are exciting
and versatile, often rife with cultural
experiences - and venues - that
planners can use to their advantage
and their attendees' delight.
There's no shortage of beautiful
museums - art, history, science - all across
the country, and many of them have space
for your meeting - plus phenomenal exhibits
for attendees to enjoy as they mix, mingle,
wine and dine. Big cities like Washington,
D.C., offer up venues galore, like the
International Spy Museum. This venue
immerses guests, up to 200 of them, in the
intrigue of espionage. Small cities, too, have
gorgeous options. Out in Salisbury, MD,
the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art gives
attendees access to nature walks and
museum galleries while offering stunning
waterfront views from a three-story glass
atrium lobby (70 banquet/100 lecture)
among other spaces. With either of these
events, extra time can be built in for guests
to take in the museum as a destination
before or after the business-related event.
And where better than to take
attendees on a culinary adventure than
a metropolitan setting, where chefs and
artisans from all over the world bring their
skills to share with enthusiastic diners.
What's more, many cities have multiple
venues that are walkable, allowing
planners to break meetings out into groups
that can make criss-crossy trips to and
from the venues - even building in a game
to help folks meet, network or team build.
Choose to "go around the world" and hit up
venues from exotic, far-flung corners of the
globe (a good one for Manhattan's Curry
Row, Orlando's Little Saigon or Philly's


Mountain destinations differ wildly
depending on the season, so take
advantage! Much like the beach, there are
going to be attendees who are itching to
get out on the slopes or the hiking trails
and, conversely, those more interested
in driving tours with great leaf peeping
or cowboy dinners that allow for a less
outdoorsy exploration of the great outdoors!
In winter, active attendees are easy
to please. They'll have fun skiing and
snowboarding, but everyone - even
the slightly less extreme outdoor
enthusiasts in your group - may find
snowshoeing a wonderful alternative.
Group hikes allow for exercise,
brilliant views and socializing.
Mountain destinations in snow season
offer lovely weather for a sleigh ride
together, as the song goes! Consider not
only tours with blankets and cocoa, but
perhaps transport to a lodge-bound event
wherein disembarking passengers will
be handed something spiky-warm -
glogg or mulled wine? - when they
arrive at the event's destination!
In summer, the green season is a great
time for arts and culture in mountain
havens; warmer weather brings people
out in their airy finery for things like
the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival or
the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo in Steamboat
Springs, Colorado. Closer to the Potomac
region, the Blue Ridge Mountains
offers some of the best hiking trails
in the region. Or your attendees can
skip the outdoorsy stuff altogether and
enjoy a whistle-wetting exploration
of Virginia's Blue Ridge Beerway.


Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017

Planners Speak!
Event Cancellations: When Things Don’t Go as Planned
Evening of the Stars Takes Center Stage
3 Ways to Become a Conference Wellness Superstar
Destination Spotlight: Baltimore and Toronto
President’s Message
Meetings Thought Leadership
Member Spotlight
Welcome, New Members!
Members on the Move
Index of Advertisers
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Intro
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PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - President’s Message
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Planners Speak!
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PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Event Cancellations: When Things Don’t Go as Planned
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PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Evening of the Stars Takes Center Stage
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PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
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PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 18
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - 3 Ways to Become a Conference Wellness Superstar
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PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Member Spotlight
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PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Destination Spotlight: Baltimore and Toronto
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PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Members on the Move
PMPI Engage - Summer/Fall 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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