Top Meeting Trends for 2013

Included in the top meeting trends for 2013 as described in a recent article by SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS are features that are offered to guests of ACE Conference Center. 

Teambuilding returns. “After years of postponed or deferred meetings, many companies are using teambuilding to inspire camaraderie and revive enthusiasm,” Benchmarks says. “But this is not your 1990s ropes and obstacle courses; today’s teambuilding is about scavenger hunts, early morning group fitness runs, competitive bowling and culinary cook-offs. Fun, challenging and delicious!”

Ace offers a variety of options, our culinary challenge being the most popular.

Smaller, more secure meeting rooms. “Today’s meeting technology brings a stronger need for secure environments in which to conduct business and learning when off site. And meeting planning professionals are demanding that meeting facilities respond accordingly,” Benchmark explains. “There’s just too much at risk in this competitive business environment. Guess what else is in high demand — more breakout rooms … Demand for smaller and more intimate attendee interface is increasing after a lengthy period of deferred meetings.”

Need more breakout rooms; we have them, and more.  Check out a sample of our new Collaborations Studios.

Healthy F&B. “Healthy culinary continues, but ironically that doesn’t mean the Danish trays aren’t emptied daily,” Benchmark says. “Meeting attendees, though, are demanding healthy, gluten free, sustainable cuisine and refreshment break selections — even going so far as to request an authentic culinary experience reflecting the native cuisine of participants. Creative, imaginative and healthy culinary offerings are increasingly requested.”

Our menu’s are developed each day by our Wolfgang Puck Catering culinary team who follow Wolfgang’s philosophy of celebrating local farmers, promoting sustainable seafood and humanely treated animals, while offering the most innovative and delicious tastes.

Wireless amenities. “Whether it’s a nod to green meetings or just convenience, note pads and pens are taking a back seat to iPads and electronic tablets as the preferred means of taking notes and documenting learning in the meeting room,” Benchmark points out. “Conference facilities are responding with charging stations throughout to juice up conferees’ devices during breaks. Meetings are increasingly active with texting and tweeting exchanges with meeting-related content. Smart, interactive meetings are here to stay.”

Our meeting facility offers free wireless internet access to all guests along with charging stations for guests to plug in to power outlets and also a station that includes a variety of charging cables in case you forgot yours at home.

Customized meeting packages. “Expectations are heightened for the creative and unique delivery of the industry’s Complete Meeting Package,” Benchmark says. “It’s not that meeting planning professionals don’t like packaging or see its value. They just want that CMP acronym to now mean ‘customized meeting package’ — customized to their unique meeting needs and budget.”

Meeting packages are what we do best.  Our packages are customized to include the meeting facilities and meals that are required for any meeting and also include audio visual services along with support from our conference operations and planning professionals.

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