Change is a major reason why the allure of traveling to meetings and events is so strong, despite the challenges and expense. People may complain about having to make the time to attend, but meetings that get them away from the office produce many positive benefits. Studies and experience attest to a sense of renewal, creativity and comraderie within industries or corporations following meetings that bring people together in a different environment.
If you’re a corporate planner, you’re probably contending with smaller budgets, and may be considering venues that don’t require long-distance travel and major commitments on the part of busy executives. However, the impact of place is still an important consideration. People are usually willing to drive to destinations that are up to three to four hours away. Consider a retreat that is a drive away from the office, but a world away from their daily grind. Or, if yours is a campus environment, take your smaller group meeting to one of the newest city restaurants or a hip, new boutique hotel. New environments refresh people and get the creative juices flowing.
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