Non-traditional Meeting Venues
“More meeting planners are using non-traditional meeting venues and opting out of the conference hotel.”
Our properties at Kicking Horse Lodging do not offer meeting space but groups are now opting to meet “on-mountain” or in local restaurants to combine work with some incentive R&R.
Security and Privacy
“Meeting planners are now more than ever conscious that hotels meet all necessary technological guidelines to prevent identity theft.”
Sabre’s recent data breach is causing headaches for hotels using their software such as Four Seasons, Trump Hotels, Kimpton Hotels and Red Lion Hotels.
Last year, Bellstar incorporated new technology and strict PCI compliance at all its properties to prevent hacking and to secure guest identities and credit card information both onsite and within the booking process.
Virtual Meetings and Training
“Despite the increased use of video and virtual meeting technology, off site meetings continue to offer a more focused and productive environment.”
Feedback from meeting planners at The Beach Club Resort in 2017 showed that meetings at this property offer a more focused learning experience than nearly any virtual meeting.
“From corporate layoffs to worldwide events the ever connected world
means more stress.”
Organizations' human resources teams are looking at budgeting more events to relieve employee stress. At Solara Resort and Spa in Canmore there is a continued interest for bookings that combine spafacilities, yoga and other wellness activities to provide a fresh distraction to the stressors of everyday life.
Virtual Travel Companions
“Bellstar and many other hotel brands are looking at introducing this technology into guest rooms for 2018.”
As Amazon’s Echo increases in popularity, more guests will want to begin travelling with their own cloud based personal assistants and will be using them in-room to explore things to do locally, play music, answer questions and just provide companionship while on the road.