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    3 Tips to Immerse Attendees in the Host City

     
    POSTED February 28, 2022
     

Incorporating the host city into the framework of the meeting is an effective way to enhance the content of the conference.

Host in Local Hotel
While attendees might flock to flag hotels, consider a boutique hotel as overflow to showcase the destination. In Lubbock, the DoubleTree by Hilton offers a local flair through design and cuisine; meanwhile, just a few streets over, the Cotton Court Hotel pays tribute to the area’s cotton history. 

Add Local Cuisine
Cuisine is a tasty way to connect attendees to your host city, and locally sourced ingredients featured at Lubbock’s Cocina de La Sirena or at local food trucks do just that. In Lubbock, impress guests with the original food truck, the chuckwagon! For a nightcap, include a signature cocktail; you might learn an intriguing story like the creation of Lubbock’s classic Chilton.

Choose Location-Specific Oddities
Bring the culture of the region to life with attractions like the Buddy Holly Center and the National Ranching Heritage Center. You might even find local celebrities at places like Prairie Dog Town!

With specialty items like coffee, honey, and destination stickers, CVBs are a great resource to highlight the destination as well. 

Each destination exhibits a unique character, giving insight to the nature of the community. Here people are eager to showcase the West Texas way of life.

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 

 

The day’s agenda is done—all the to-do items have been checked off, and it’s time to come together as friends and colleagues. So, what is there to do? Well, if you’re meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan, plenty. Located just 20 minutes to the Detroit Metro Airport, which offers 1,100 daily flights from four continents, the city is home to the University of Michigan and is a hub of creativity and culture. Ann Arbor offers a walkable downtown and the quirky and innovative attractions you’d expect to find in a college town. 

 

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month.