Infuse Your Next Meeting With Transformational Experiences
If you feel that your role as a meeting planner now includes more experience creation for attendees than ever before, then you fall right in line with 80% of your colleagues, according to findings from the IACC Meeting Room of the Future survey. Another key insight? These same planners report that experience creation will only continue grow in importance in the coming years.
So what does that mean for your next off-site meeting or event? To encourage higher attendance rates and more fully engage and motivate your team, building transformational experiences into your gathering is a must. To help you accomplish this, our sales & events team tapped into their collective experience to share what has worked for other groups who have met at Kiawah Island Golf Resort:
Connect With Nature (and Each Other)
With the resort’s location on an unspoiled barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, nature is all around. In addition to reaping all of the benefits from being surrounded by green and blue spaces, your group has the opportunity to deeply connect with nature through dozens of organized activities—from Dolphin Encounters and Alligator Adventures to kayaking and SUP (stand-up paddle boarding). The bonus? These awe-inspiring experiences will also have them connecting more deeply with each other.
Introduce Some Healthy Competition
If you’re organizing an incentive trip for your team’s highest flyers, they’ve earned their spot—and they thrive on the competition. You can help encourage an ongoing winning attitude with your choice of several team-building exercises. Challenge your group with an island-wide scavenger hunt. Turn up the heat with a unique culinary competition. Have them take sharp aim during a skeet shooting outing. Organize a tournament on one of the resort’s five championship golf courses, award-winning tennis complex or through a fishing charter. Or custom-design a program with your sales & events representative to perfectly align with your group’s distinctive interests.
Help Them on the Road to Wellness
Just like leisure travelers, meeting attendees do not like their fitness regimen disrupted. That’s why Kiawah Island Golf Resort invites all guests to take advantage of the fully-equipped fitness center and participate in group fitness classes that range from Aqua Bootcamp to Yoga on the Beach. Or you can take it a step further and offer transformational treatments and services inspired by the resort’s coastal setting in The Spa at The Sanctuary.
Unleash Boundless Creativity
Everyone has an inner-artist. Encourage your attendees to express theirs through numerous hands-on activities—whether they gain expert instruction in the resort’s Turtle’s Nest Art Studio, sit in on an oil or canvas painting lesson or snap a masterpiece during a photography tour.
Add Social Impact to Add Meaning
With today’s top talent placing more and more importance on working for employers that make a difference, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a prime initiative—and your next group gathering is the perfect opportunity to organize a Day of Service. Kiawah Island Golf Resort routinely teams up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston to provide a variety of volunteer experiences that help make a positive impact on the lives of seriously ill children and their families. The resort also partners with KLH Group, a local event production company that develops social impact programs to align with your organization’s culture and core values. These programs make a real difference in the community…and have real meaning for your employees.
Foresight is 20/20
Of course, the best way to select the experiences that are certain to inspire and transform your team is to come see Kiawah Island Golf Resort for yourself. Contact our sales & events team at 800.576.1585 to discover if you qualify for a site visit. While you’re at the resort, a team member can take you on a tour of our ongoing expansion project that includes progress on the all-new West Beach Conference Center, scheduled to open its doors in early 2020. Planning a group gathering for 2019? You can get more value for your budget, thanks to special anniversary rates available through the end of the year.