Get your adrenaline pumping at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa outside of Austin. The hotel provides a menu of heart-racing, group team-building activities in partnership with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

Groups can take guided scenic tours on more than 19 miles of trails on utility task vehicles (UTVs). The tours can be customized for the group’s comfort level and can include diverse terrain and steep inclines, or, if you prefer, a more sedate path in search of wildlife. 

McKinney Roughs Nature Park also provides a ropes course, a 30-foot rock-climbing wall, and a 250-foot zip line. In addition to the LCRA's single zip line connected to the rock wall, the park is home to Zip Lost Pines, where up to six guests can soar over the landscape side by side. It’s the only dual zip line in the state.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa also partners with T & D Adventure Parks LLC, to provide a variety of distinctive on-site experiences at Renegade Trailhead. Groups can take wrangler-led horseback trail rides to explore the heavily wooded region and search for local wildlife and plants native to the area. While at Renegade Trailhead, guests can learn the basics of archery and tomahawk throwing or learn how to trap shoot using a shotgun and clay targets.

Because the resort is situated on the banks of the Colorado River, groups can also enjoy water-themed team-building experiences. Attendees can cruise the river on six-to-eight person rafts or take part in a “Splash Raft” challenge, where a guide leads the team through water scrimmages and challenges with paddle splashes and water guns. Alternatively, groups can test their creativity and skills with the “Raft Building” adventure. 

Prefer to skip the adrenline-racing and opt for adding a little more Texas spice to your next team-building adventure instead? Hyatt Regency Dallas has introduced its new Lone Star Meetings Menu. The menu includes activations like Mini Beer Burro Beverage Service, Armadillo Races and Texas Twang Cardio Dance Classes. 

If you want to add a philanthropic element  to your meeting, make handmade stuffed bears for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital or try the Honky Tonk Two Step Competition, benefitting North Texas  Food Bank. And of course, you can even arrange for an appearance by the iconic Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. What’s more Texan than that?
 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

The 18-story, 303-room Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas is now open for business. Located within Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre, the hotel includes a 27,500-square-foot conference center with Regency and Junior ballrooms and additional breakout spaces, most with floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light.