Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Spotlight on a Property - Pala Casino Spa and Resort

The Pala Casino Spa & Resort located in North San Diego County is over halfway through with a  $170 million renovation to upgrade and enlarge their already beautiful property. When the renovation is complete in May 2019, Pala will have added a new 349 room hotel tower with an inventory of unique hotel suites that will overlook the Starlight Theater and event lawn, bringing their total number of deluxe rooms and suites to 854. They are also expanding their gaming/casino bar space and their parking garage as well as giving their restaurant promenade, casino interior, and existing hotel tower a refresh. This is their third major expansion since their opening and we look forward to watching this property continue to grow.  


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tips to Facilitate a Successful Meeting

At Meeting Sites Pro, Inc. we plan meetings, we participate in meetings, we host meetings to discuss meetings. Meetings are our lifeblood and we have noticed that one of the pillars of a successful meetings is effective facilitation. We follow industry opinions on this matter as well and wanted to share a recent article from Forbes that agrees with our observations. Forbes’ recommends 7 major steps to running a productive and efficient meeting as seen below.
  1. Make your objectives clear
  2. Consider who is invited 
  3. Stick to your schedule
  4. Take no hostages
  5. Start on time, end on time
  6. Ban technology
  7.  Follow up

Our biggest recommendations from this list are making your objectives clear, sticking to the outlined schedule, and following up. A clear objective communicated early with a specific schedule helps all in attendance come to the meeting prepared with materials, topics of conversation, and the right mindset. We have found that providing an agenda early and then sticking to that agenda is one of the best ways to keep your group focused whether you are facilitating a small conference call or a large summit. After the meeting, it is always beneficial to follow up as soon as possible with items like meeting summaries and action items.

Meetings big and small can benefit from efficient and effective facilitation. To hear more of our thoughts on meeting facilitation, please feel free to contact us and if you are interested in the full article, “The Seven Steps to Running the Most Effective Meeting Possible”, please visit Forbes.com.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Spotlight on a New Property: The LINE Austin

Love Austin? There’s new hotel in downtown Austin; LINE which overlooks Lady Bird Lake offering 428 guest rooms and 20K square feet of meeting and event space. This hotel features a unique infinity pool where you can lounge poolside with your favorite cocktail and is located in the center of the city walking distance to theater, music, and shops.

For more information, check it out at….

Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Earth Day!

In lieu of Earth Day this Sunday, all of us at Meeting Sites Pro wanted to show our support of going green! Lots of companies including hotels, have created initiatives to make more environmentally friendly meetings.
Recently, Starwood Hotels & Resorts has implemented Sustainable Meetings at their properties. Stating: “Good for business — and our planet. You’ll plan a meeting that’s thoughtful to the environment, your budget and your attendees’ experience. We do this by making sustainability the standard.”
Some of their strategies include hosting paperless meetings, using recycled paper for printed materials and providing access to sustainable transportation services. Starwood even provides you with an “environmental report card” after your event to sum up your sustainable strategies and allow you to calculate the carbon footprint.
We look forward to the creativity and innovation of hotels to help us make your meetings green!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Switch Up Your Meeting Breaks

At Meeting Sites Pro, Inc., we know how important the big functions of your meeting are from the General Session to the Welcome Reception. That said, we also like to put an emphasis on the little things, like snack breaks. Often, breaks are straightforward and traditional, including a few snacks with some beverage options and an opportunity to stretch.

We like to get creative with our breaks when possible to include both fun and interesting food items as well as themed displays. Our goal is always to partner with our venues and create an experience for our clients and attendees. Take a look below at what we have done in the past.

One of our favorite publications to follow, “Successful Meetings” posted a recent article on how you can revamp your traditional meeting breaks by creating an activity focused experience like mixology breaks (non-alcoholic), picnic breaks, spa breaks, and fitness breaks. Each of these creative breaks will make your attendees feel more energetic or refreshed once they go back to their sessions.

These are just a few options that you can implement in your future meetings to give your attendees an experience they won’t forget.