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Wellness at Meetings: How Important Is It To You And Your Attendees?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Photo Credit: Synergy by Jasmine

In a July edition of USAE, fitness and wellness remained a topic for planners. The concept of planners partnering with hotels to offer special perks for active travelers has sparked an interest.

The article explains,

“While fitness breaks and healthy menus remain popular, travel professionals working with time constraints recognize that many attendees value the ability to maintain their exercise routines outside planned agendas. Indeed, incorporating fitness into programs can often enhance mood and energy of groups.”

We focused heavily on healthy menu options and breakstations through a farm to fork and a food for thought program. Here at NCC, we heard requests from guests and employees to offer more activities; now our creative Food and Beverage department has been actively brainstorming a monthly calendar  filled with unique events such as Rock, Paper, Scissors tournaments, fitness outings and specials in our two lounges to promote health, wellness, bonding and networking, yet still appealing to every generation.What are some of the fitness activities we’re offering in August?

  • Workout buddy – Guests and employees  grab a workout buddy and meet on Mondays at 5 pm in the fitness center.
  • Salsa dancing - Our most popular event on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm. Guests enjoy the lessons and express what a work out it is!
  • Yoga – Guests relax and stretch in yoga session on Tuesdays at 5 pm in the back room of the fitness center.
  • Kimpo - On Thursdays at 5 pm, join our staff for an intense cardio workout with punching and kicking for endurance, balance and coordination.

As we mentioned in an earlier post, we’re currently hosting a friendly health and wellness competition mocking NBC’s The Biggest Loser, named NCC’s Biggest Winner. Our staff are the majority of those participating in the outdoor run and walk, but the number of guests participants are gaining momentum. Whether these activities are mainly employees of NCC or guests, we see fitness programs as an opportunity for everyone, rather than a luxury. Who wants to be sitting in a hotel room? Get out, explore and socialize.

How important is it for you and your attendees to have opportunities for fitness on business travel? Have you seen an increase for this need? From experience, are attendees more apt to participate during breaks or before/after meetings in the morning/evening?