by Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
“It’s so much more than swimming!”
“It was the easiest event to plan and the most popular one we’ve ever hosted!”
These are just a few of the positive comments made by both planners and participants regarding their recently hosted events at waterparks all over the Midwest. Interested in garnering this kind of enthusiastic response from your own group? Here are a few tips to help you plan a successful event that will please all your attendees, even if some don’t know how to swim!
by Beth Blair
Hosting an event at a waterpark makes for a lively and memorable experience for everyone involved. Waterpark resorts have many positives: most locations offer plenty of meeting space, overnight guest rooms, restaurants, teambuilding activities and an overall unique ambiance for bringing groups together in a casual setting. Unlike traditional resorts that only offer a couple of swimming pools and golf courses, waterparks can be equipped with extreme water rides, wave pools, lazy rivers and pools of various depths. Waterparks are held to high safety standards and are expected to meet or exceed the minimum number of lifeguards on duty. Some parks make it a point to have the most updated lifesaving equipment on hand. Even with many on-duty lifeguards, group leaders should take precautions and prepare for the unexpected.
When selecting a hotel and/or conference center with an adjacent waterpark, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the fun downtime colleagues and their families can spend enjoying the thrills of slides, splash pools, lazy rivers and other entertaining water features. An often overlooked and underutilized benefit is using, or in some way incorporating, the waterpark feature for an evening reception which can be a fun way to get people to let loose and network.
What planners have to say about hosting an event at a waterpark
Unwinding poolside during any season of the year at a Midwest waterpark has become the rage over recent years for attendees of all types of events. Indoor and outdoor parks connected to hotel and conference centers offer meeting professionals unique and fun venues to entertain their guests when they’re not busy educating and brainstorming during working hours. These destinations are especially appealing due to the variety of properties that offer extensive and flexible meeting and event space, something often hard to find outside of traditional stand-alone convention centers.
by Beth Blair
If you’re in the midst of planning an event at a casino, your guests can expect a good time. However, it’s possible not all attendees will have experience with, or be comfortable in, a casino setting. With this in mind, here are some tactics you can put into play to ensure all guest have a smashing good time.
What planners have to say about hosting an event at a casino
When seeking out new and exciting places to hold your event, casino properties can be a perfect solution. Many casinos in the Midwest have expanded to include luxury hotels with numerous Las Vegas-like amenities to complement the casino. Options include golf courses, spas, boutiques and a variety of restaurants to meet everyone’s tastes. There are even venues that offer family friendly activities such as mini waterpark-like pool areas, planned children’s programs with arts and crafts and other options to keep non-gambling fans of all ages entertained off the casino floor.
There are several theories on the origins of poker. Some say it has evolved over ten centuries from various games involving ranked cards, relying heavily on “bluffing”. The Chinese Emporer Mutsung was rumored to have played “domino cards” with his wife, sometime before 969 A.D. 12th and 13th century Egyptians used a form of playing cards, made from paper thin slices of ivory or precious wood, while 16th Century Persians played various betting games.
by Sally Magallenes, CMP
What should planners know about Indian*-owned casinos? Is it different than booking a non-tribal venue? In the Midwest, states boasting the highest number of these casinos are Michigan (18+), Minnesota (20+) and Wisconsin (18). Several have meeting/event space as part of the property.
*For clarification, in this article Indian, Tribal and Native American all have the same meaning - indigenous groups of self-governed people that are recognized by the US as a tribe, constituting a sovereign nation.
by Sally Magallanes, CMP
Public poker tournaments, especially regional and nationally televised events, are growing in popularity. But what about a private group tournament held at the casino in conjunction with your meeting? Feasible? Fun? The second one definitely applies, but there are some important things to keep in mind. The gaming world is highly regulated, with each state having its own commission and rules. Additionally, there are Indian Gaming Commissions (IGC) that have contracts with the state. If the intended destination is a tribal casino, contact the state IGC.
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