Give your attendees more than just a meetings schedule, give them an experience they’ll remember.
You can often measure an event’s success by the impact it leaves on attendees once they return home. Ideas exchanged, connections made and new ways of thinking are all well-worth the careful planning you put into it. That’s why cookie-cutter conferences in cookie-cutter destinations won’t cut it.
One of the most effective ways to make sure your event resonates with attendees is to choose a host city that provides a palpable sense of place. In Calgary, you’ll find world-class venues and event support, but more importantly, you’ll be able to tap into a local culture that will leave a lasting impression. Here are three easy ways to infuse some of Calgary’s unique personality into your next event.
1. Start with a Stampede Breakfast.
Treat your attendees to an authentic Stampede Breakfast to kick off a day of meetings, cowboy style. They’ll get their fill of pancakes, sausage, juice and all the trimmings, just like they serve at the annual Calgary Stampede, one of the city’s most beloved traditions.
2. Make your attendees honorary Calgarians.
Incorporate a White Hat Ceremony into your itinerary and your attendees will become honorary Calgarians when they receive their own souvenir white hat, a local ritual that has welcomed royalty and dignitaries since the 1950s.
3. Send them home with goods.
Calgary’s abundance of local artisans makes it easy to create one-of-a-kind gift bags for your attendees. Send them off with handmade Lavami soap, jars of locally roasted Rosso coffee and artisanal Kin + Pod chocolate bars—just a few of the possibilities—so they can take a little piece of Calgary (and the event that brought them there) with them. Market Collective, a community-focused organization that works directly with area creatives, can connect planners with a variety of local makers to give events a distinct Calgary flare, customized for your group.
With a collection of locally made goods in hand and a tip of a white hat, your attendees will feel more than welcome in Calgary, they’ll feel like they belong. And that can do wonders for productivity.
Let Meetings + Conventions Calgary connect you with everything you need to create a memorable event experience true to Calgary’s Western roots.