A: The casino/hotel experience has been a successful venue for events for many years. The downside, it’s been done for so long, how can we make it special and put a spin on it to keep people excited and interested to come to our events at this type of facility?
Explain to your hotel contact at the RFP stage what you’ve done before at similar sites, what’s worked well, and what seems tired to you and your guests. Hopefully you’re able to gather some information and feedback from previous year’s comments to help guide you. Ask what other groups have done and see if there are options that would be a good fit for your guests.
In expanding upon this idea, look to the local culture, many of the Native American owned casinos have a rich history that can be translated into meals, group tours of local historical sites, even classes to learn about traditional crafts.
Gambling, gambling, and more gambling! What about the people who don’t want to gamble? What else is there for them to do?
Most venues strive to make their location more than just a casino and often have many add-on types of entertainment. From golf courses to water parks and entertainment complexes, you can arrange for group teambuilding events, social outings, and other options for individuals to enjoy during down time.
Goin sees these added amenities as a key selling points in Minnesota. “At Mystic Lake we strive to offer an Entertainment Destination. We have a championship 18-Hole golf course, access to a 100,000 sq. ft. plus fitness facility with two full size indoor hockey rinks and offer free entertainment every Friday and Saturday Night in the Promenade Stage.”
Instead of creating special events, talk to your sales contact and find out what some of the latest and greatest games are available during your event. Most casinos are always offering different games and incentives for their guests on the gaming floor, find out what they are and share with your attendees.
“We offer cosmic bingo Friday and Saturday nights and it is very popular with all ages. Karaoke cosmic bingo, late night slot tournaments, live music on Fridays and Saturdays, and Bobby Sox Bingo on Saturdays” Goin said.