One of the trends we have been hearing about recently is the return of families to the meetings and events mix. It seems that a lot of us travel frequently and spend enough time away from our significant others and kids. When the chance arises, it’s nice to bring them along for the journey. For employers, it is a nice perk to offer employees and can be fun for meeting and event planners to build families into the itinerary.
When our state hosts one of the industry’s national conferences, it’s a good thing indeed. Denver rolled out the red carpet for the Professional Convention Management Association 2013 Education Conference held at the Colorado Convention Center on June 24 – 27. Not only do we not have to travel far to participate, it showcases our state and provides amazing networking opportunities. >>
While working on a venue report about guest ranches for our new sister publication, Mountain Meetings, it further confirmed what I already knew. Colorado is rich with top-notch ranches. The Dude Ranchers’ Association (duderanch.org) has more than 100 member ranches, and 27 of them call the Centennial State home. >>
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has long been known as one of Colorado’s venerable resorts. During my growing up years in Greeley, my parents loved attending banking conferences at The Broadmoor, and I mostly associated it with the bee stickers that always found their way home from the Golden Bee, which recently doubled in size and added an outdoor patio. Fun also is at the heart of the new PLAY, where bowling alleys, board games and video games artfully mix with The Broadmoor’s version of bowling food (sliders, sushi, tasty sweets and more). >>
I like it when towns get creative in taking a resource they already have and turn it into a non-traditional event venue. Castle Rock and Crested Butte are two Colorado towns that have found their fairly new outdoor ice rinks also can be valuable large event spaces for fair-weather months. >>
Highland Haven Creekside Inn in Evergreen is launching a new campaign called Big Dawgs. Being a dog lover (my black Lab, Sasha, turns three this week), I found the “Where the Big Dawgs Meet” photo to be quite entertaining so inquired about how they managed to capture the shot. >>
Two weeks ago was an amazing celebration of the meetings and events industry in Colorado between the magazine’s seventh annual Readers' Choice Best Of Awards on March 25 and Meetings Industry Council of Colorado’s 13th annual Educational Conference and Trade Show on March 27, both in Denver.
One of the fun things about being a magazine editor is reviewing photos to consider for our pages and the cover. Sometimes it takes some scrambling by our art and editorial teams to locate images that will help make a particular layout pop, but I’ve concluded that we have many incredible photographers based in Colorado and are very fortunate that so many events and association gatherings are professionally photographed. >>