Let’s start by saying we have absolutely nothing against hotel ballrooms. We have worked in some beautiful ones all across North America and Europe with some amazing hotel partners.
There are many advantages to using in-house venue spaces for meetings, conferences, and events. For example, clients can strategically use their food and beverage minimums, there’s no need for transportation if you have a room block, capacities are usually higher within a ballroom, audio visual services are generally on offer and more.
However, whether there’s limited availability for the right space in-house or if you want to offer guests a change in scenery, several hotels are now able to accommodate catering in offsite venues. For example, the Fairmont in Whistler, BC has catering rights at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre; a beautiful space for board meetings, evening events, press conferences and more just a short walk away from the hotel.
If your group doesn’t require a room block at a hotel, you’re open to even more options outside of ballroom walls! No matter where you are, there are always unique venue spaces available for groups of all sizes.
Why not throw a curveball at regular attendees and instead of having your annual event in a boardroom, have a board meeting or product launch in a renovated, but still functioning, air hanger hall like Hangar 21 in Southern California? Or take over a portion of Schloss Eckberg Castle in Dresden, Germany for an exclusive evening event for executives.
Whatever the event, think of the possibilities beyond the ballroom walls.