Some convention hotels are livening up their interior landscapes with native flora to give attendees a nature break and an appreciation for their surroundings, even when they’re in meetings all day. A few examples:
COSTA RICA: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Herradura replicates the 1,100-acre rainforest that surrounds the property with a natural tropical entryway. Tables feature displays of indigenous tropical plants. The property has 11,900 square feet of conference space including 18 meeting rooms and a 4,000-sq. ft. ballroom (capacity: 240).
HAWAII: The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort sponsored an undersea-themed event complete with giant jellyfish like those in the Pacific Ocean. The 2,860-room resort’s recent renovation gives it 150,000 square feet of meeting/event space across three conference centers on 22 acres, including the island’s largest ballroom (27,504 square feet).
FLORIDA: Attendees can get hands-on with food in a presentation that incorporates fresh vegetables and an herb wall at neighboring Walt Disney World Resort properties — the 498-room Waldorf Astoria Orlando (42,000 square feet of meeting space) and the 1,100-room Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (132,000 square feet of meeting space).
ARIZONA: Tucson’s 486-key Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa greets meeting attendees with a living wall of locally grown plants that overlooks the lobby and bar area, complementing the resort’s 64,000 square feet of meeting space.