Bucket List Meetings around the World to Inspire, Energize

Bucket List Meetings around the World to Inspire, Energize

Bucket List Meetings around the World to Inspire, Energize

DENVER, Dec. 1, 2014It’s a little tough to find inspiration and motivation when the view from the room is four walls, so global hospitality company Xanterra Parks & Resorts suggests thinking outside the box for meetings and group events.

“Meetings are integral to building a cohesive team, and there’s important work to be done when groups put their heads together and develop ideas in person,” said Betsy O’Rourke, vice president of sales and marketing. “But meetings don’t have to be drab or boring. The world is full of beautiful places and interesting ways to meet.”

Here are some ideas:

Meet aboard a historic train as it travels to Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind meeting space in a historic train. Groups can do their business while traveling to Grand Canyon National Park on a two hour and 15-minute ride. Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, Ariz. offers meeting space and an array of accommodations.

Charter a yacht and sail to the ends of the Earth. Groups of 148 to 310 travelers can charter a Windstar Cruises all-suite yacht and sail to destinations throughout Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and other places around the globe. Specializing in luxurious, intimate cruises, Windstar staffs two crew members for each guest, and the crew attend to every detail such as arranging gourmet meals, setting up audio-visual equipment in the onboard meeting rooms and coordinating memorable shore excursions.

Bike and barge in the heart of France. Tour operator VBT Bicycling and Walking vacations will customize small-group tours, or groups of up to 24 people can choose from one of many popular tour options like the “Heart of France Bike and Barge: Montargis – Paris.”  Participants learn about French art, visit inspirational villages, cycle through fields and farming hamlets, picnic at private homes and more on this 11-day tour. VBT offers small-group tours throughout the world.

Meet like a chief executive. The Pettus House at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. Va. has hosted U.S. presidents and VIPs from around the globe, and this four-bedroom estate house is a go-to choice for groups seeking an elegant venue for serious business. The Pettus House features sweeping views of the James River and access to the resort’s five restaurants, three championship golf courses, spa, tennis club, sports club and River Pool complex. The venue also offers catering, tech support and transportation. The resort can accommodate larger groups too. With 425 suites and more than 16,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space – including two ballrooms and 16 meeting rooms — the resort can accommodate groups from 10 to 450.

Walk the talk. Country Walkers features a variety of active, small-group departures to worldwide destinations from Cambodia to Costa Rica. Handcrafted itineraries and insider access place travelers ahead of the curve and away from the crowds. For groups of eight or more, this highly acclaimed tour company includes two expert guides who handle all the details and are with guests 24/7. All trips focus on exploring on foot and highlight fine, authentic accommodations and exceptional regional cuisine in a broad range of travel styles from group departures to private and family adventures.

Build a race car and drive it. Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center in Deer Creek State Park near Columbus, Ohio offers the “Daytona Challenge.” Under the supervision of teambuilding experts, meeting participants build a racecar from limited materials and then take their creations to the nearby State Park Raceway.

Ride and Relax. Global tour operator Austin Adventures offers customized retreats for groups of four to 45. One particularly popular group tour is “Chile: Patagonia” where groups can choose from 14 different horseback rides that go deep into the rich Chilean terrain. At night, groups can relax in a bath house or open-air Jacuzzi with views of the stunning scenery. Other popular custom group options are to Yellowstone National Park, South Dakota’s scenic Black Hills and Costa Rica.

Meet in the desert with views of the mountains. For groups that can’t decide between a mountain or desert retreat, Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park offers the best of both worlds. The intimate Marquez Room at the Inn at Furnace Creek features 1,400 square feet of unobstructed space overlooking the Inn’s swimming pool and featuring two wood-burning fireplaces, a built-in projection screen and sweeping views of the Panamint Mountains.

Visit the holey lands. After the serious business in done at Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center in northeast Ohio, groups can play golf on a championship 18-hole golf course with views of Northeast Ohio’s lush woods and cap off the day relaxing by a fire overlooking the lake.

Hunt for treasure. Meeting participants at Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center can channel Tom Cruise – but without the possibility of injuries – and play “Mission Possible,” a high-tech, strategic scavenger hunt requiring ingenuity, critical thinking and a sense of humor. Situated on Lake Erie in northwest Ohio, a region that is often called the “Walleye Capital of the World,” groups can also charter a fishing boat to try out their angling skills on this scenic Great Lake.

Group planners can find more information about global meeting venues with Xanterra Parks & Resorts online or by emailing [email protected]




Known for its “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts® entities include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, a cruise line, railway and tour companies. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park; and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also owns and operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., the Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel in Williams, Ariz., the Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Country Walkers and Austin Adventures.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 600 North
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
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