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 

Ski areas around Colorado are introducing several new amenities and events to elevate the guest and group experience. Here are a few highlights from Ski Country USA.

 

Several organizations are collaborating on events from January through August 2019 for “celebrate bauhaus100: aspen,” which commemorates the impact of the Bauhaus art movement on Aspen. The theme “Our Legacy, Our Future/WorkPlay-Create” reflects Aspen’s Bauhaus heritage, primarily as it relates to Herbert Bayer, who was a student and a teacher at the Bauhaus, relocated to Aspen in 1946 to design the Aspen Institute and lived in the community until 1976.

 

The National Association of Catering & Events gathered on Sept. 11 at the Denver Botanic Gardens to commemorate the NACE’s 10th anniversary and provide a glimpse into the future. A panel of several founding members—Monica Cheeks of Hyatt Hotels, Cal Cheney of All Digital Photo & Video, Amanda Michalek of AORN and Brandi Pressgrove of Reckon Creative—discussed how the chapter got started, favorite programs from the past and how networking through NACE has helped grow their businesses and more.