Friday, August 28, 2015

Corporate events in 2015

With summer around the corner and the end of the year slowly looming it is time to begin thinking about corporate events. Team building, year-end functions and Christmas parties, is just some of the things your company must start planning.

We have compiled a list of top trends in corporate events to help you and your company ensures that your event is one to remember!

1. Location/venue: 

 Event location has taken on new meaning, as more and more event planners incorporate cultural aspects of their destination into attendees’ experience. The days of hosting an event in a conference center is also long gong! Change it up. Parks, lakes, zoo’s, sport stadiums and museums (anywhere you can pitch a tent) make for fantastic corporate event venues!

2 Access to WI-Fi

With technological advances and people attending conferences with multiple wireless devices, access to reliable Wi-Fi have become a must!

3.  Flexibility: 

 The best venues offer movable partitions, furniture, and planters that offer flexibility for impromptu brainstorming or team meetings.

4. Mobile apps:

  Meeting planners are increasingly using mobile apps to monitor RSVPs and check-in. It is also important to give your event a Twitter and Facebook handle.

5. Distinctive food choices

When it comes to throwing an event, the event catering is one of the aspects guests will remember and talk about well after the party is over. So stop serving boring buffet dinners! In recent years, food trends have become more focused on locally sourced ingredients including vegetables, dairy products and herbs and spices. Gourmet snacks like mini burgers, pitas, wraps and tacos are some of your options. Also provide unique beverage choices like craft beer, juice bars and flavored water. 

6. Going green:

 The availability of technology options of distilled water versus bottled or even green d├ęcor is one of the trends to consider when planning your event! 

7. Team building activities

Team building continues to be a strong industry trend, and activities that include unique ways to motivate, inspire, and build camaraderie with colleagues are growing. Go river rafting, take a sushi class or learn how to make your own beer with your colleagues!

8. Entertainment: 

 Make your event unique, so attendees want to keep coming back year after year, nothing says “we don’t care about our employees” like the same year end function or Christmas party year after year after year!