RewardExpert, a free service that helps people utilize credit card and travel rewards, has released its 2018 ranking of Best Midsized American Cities for Business Meetings. The purpose is to help business owners find locations for meetings and conventions that are budget friendly and provide the same level of enjoyment offered by more expensive cities. The ranking is broken into six major geographical areas and based on 20 data indicators divided into these main categories: affordability, climate, commute, business atmosphere, events, accommodation and dining, and safety. Nine Colorado communities made the top 25 list for the Mountain West. 

2 – Arvada
5 – Centennial
7 – Westminster
8 – Greeley
9 – Thornton
10 – Fort Collins
11 – Boulder
17 – Pueblo
21 – Lakewood 

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

Incorporating the host city into the framework of the meeting is an effective way to enhance the content of the conference.

Host in Local Hotel
While attendees might flock to flag hotels, consider a boutique hotel as overflow to showcase the destination. In Lubbock, the DoubleTree by Hilton offers a local flair through design and cuisine; meanwhile, just a few streets over, the Cotton Court Hotel pays tribute to the area’s cotton history.