The annual Global Business Travel Association convention is on the books for July 16-20 in the Mile High City. With nearly 7,000 attendees, the convention is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers in the world. The theme for 2016 is balance, describing today’s business travel environment where buyers must balance many priorities from duty of care and risk management to managing cost and compliance at a time when the industry is undergoing significant changes due to changing demographics, technologies and travel platforms.

Recent Denver events caught our attention as they provide fun and tasty ways to bring local experiences to group gatherings, offering alternatives to popular wine, beer and spirit tastings.

Grand Coffee Bazaar
grandcoffeebazaar.com; twoparts.com 

 

In tandem with the Colorado Tourism Office’s focus on responsible tourism, the conference planning team for CTO’s annual Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference focused on several sustainable practices for the gathering, which attracted more than 460 attendees to downtown Grand Junction in October 2017. 

 

One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.