One thing that is always a great motivator to increase business event participation is by holding the event at a destination outside of the norm. Who doesn’t love to travel, even if it’s for business? I love that you get the best of both worlds in trips like these. I generally am able to enjoy a productive business event (or be the one in charge of it!), while spending some downtime checking out the local fare. So when you’re thinking about planning your next business event, consider one of these top 5 places that are oh so popular right now!
1. Orlando, Florida
Who doesn’t love a little fun in the Florida sun! This is also the perfect destination if you want to turn it into a family vacation, as well, because… HELLO! Disney World! Universal Studios! Sea World! It’s a family’s paradise!
If you’re looking for ways to relax and unwind on a solo business trip, Orlando is your place, too. It ranks 2nd in the United States with hotel rooms that are available and is very well-suited to different meetings, events and conferences of all types! It’s a popular resort destination and is within driving distance to lots of great beaches, where your attendees can escape from the fast-paced life!
2. New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is a great choice if you’re looking for something that is great for a year-round destination. Convenient lodging is around everywhere in New Orleans, since a majority of the hotels and lodging options are within walking distance to downtown and the French Quarter. That makes things very convenient for all of your attendees! You’ll have everyone begging for a return to the “Big Easy” in the future!
Just picture it. Cruises on the Mississippi on a riverboat. Exploring the swamps and boyous that are right outside of the city. Having a meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Unites States. And spending an evening of entertainment at one of the many fun French Quarter music clubs and taking a streetcar back to the hotel.
What a memorable business trip that would be!
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
Looking for a destination that has endless options for your attendees, despite what your meeting is for? Than consider Las Vegas! Over the years, the city has earned the distinction as one of the world’s top meeting and convention centers by offering all of these options!
With the endless amount of shows that you can attend, to the gorgeous hotels and conference centers that your group can spend their time in, you won’t be disappointed. And don’t forget the amount of top-choice restaurants that you can choose from. What an incredible location for a business event where there will be a lot of opportunities to network at different events throughout your stay!
4. Washington D.C.
If you’re looking for something a bit more unique and historic, Washington D.C. might be the perfect location for your next business event! With it being home to some of the most recognizable monuments and buildings in the world, there are endless opportunities for events of all different kinds and sizes!
With tons of museums, restaurants and culture to experience all over the city, your guests will be pampered and given the best options of everything! Set up some fun downtime for them to take a backlit stroll of the National Mall when meetings are over, or experience the history and allure of the Smithsonian Museum.
5. San Francisco, California
San Francisco is one of the Top 10 Destinations for business meetings in America, rightfully so! With it’s springlike weather, beautiful landscapes and proximity to popular destinations like Napa Valley, there is something here for everyone’s tastes!
Fun things to plan for your attendees after business hours? A trip to Alcatraz, exploring the Golden Gate Bridget, and enjoying a ride on a quintessential cable car, are just a few of the fun things that guests will be able to experience.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love this location, thanks to the enormous redwood trees, the gorgeous parks and beaches, and the unique architecture that San Francisco boasts.
Whatever you decide, you won’t go wrong with one of these five locations. Business meetings are meant to include a little fun, so make sure you’re offering things to your attendees that will make them EXCITED to attend your event!