Armed with smartphones, tablets and laptops, meeting attendees are more connected than ever, but often have a hard time unplugging and focusing on the event they are attending. To draw attendees back to the present, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio helps planners orchestrate meetings that make mindfulness a priority.
In the heart of Hill Country is an annual girls’ getaway. But this one is a little different—it has more than 250 attendees and involves shooting from a helicopter. A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League was founded by Julianna Crowder in 2011 as a way for women to connect with other women who are passionate about shooting and want to learn in a supportive environment. The first two conferences were held in Waco, then moved to Copperhead Creek Shooting Club in Marble Falls.
In an increasingly technology-dependent society it can be difficult to get people to unplug, especially at meetings. Attendees often use the time to multitask, catching up on emails instead of focusing on the actual meeting.
Texas pet owners are increasingly traveling with their furry friends. In its 2014 Pet Owners Survey, the American Pet Products Association discovered 32 percent of dog owners travel with their pets when they leave town for more than two nights. For Texans, that’s no small number. By 2014 Census Bureau estimates, nearly 27 million people live in Texas, and the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates more than 35 percent of Texas households have at least one dog.
While an upscale chain hotel or splashy new convention center can set the stage for a perfectly lovely event, sometimes clients desire a truly unique backdrop for their celebration. Standing out from the crowd involves more than just fabulous décor and a well-played theme—the setting anchors the entire event. And when an ordinary venue just won’t do, consider an out-of- the-box space to set the stage for a truly extraor- dinary event.