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Book Your Next Event at an Entertainment Center

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By Heather Larson Meetings don’t always need to be held in formal, sterile or stuffy spaces. Sometimes you need to break out of the norm. When you hold your next bash at a bowling center, arcade or race course, you’ll go down in event history as the “fun” meeting planner. Upon entering the following Northwest venues, meeting goers see and hear what’s normally associated with the feel of recess and a break from the daily grind. The roar of a ball heading towards those ten reluctant pins, the flashing lights, a steel ball ricocheting off bumpers and the sound of
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Family-Friendly Venues

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By Tim Hansen Many associations and businesses are discovering the advantages of holding a convention or conducting a company conference at a family-friendly meeting venue. Offering meetings in a venue that is attractive to families demonstrates that the company or association values the attendees’ time and supports their life outside the organization. For attendees, it becomes a way to show appreciation to their spouses and families by including them in a fun experience. Here is a selection of destinations that offer fine meeting facilities along with great family-friendly experiences. SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE Winthrop, Washington Perched on a forested ridge in
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Grow Event Attendance with Social Media

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By Mattie John Bamman Get started with this helpful guide Social media is one of the least expensive forms of advertising available, yet it’s a powerful tool. It can be used to reach a global audience and this means it’s especially effective for attracting attendees to events. Conferences, business events and festivals are prime candidates for harnessing the power of social media because they naturally excel at creating a buzz. Simply announce the event on social media and then strategically publish newsy updates interspersed with promotional messaging until the big day itself. If done effectively, your audience will organically grow and flourish.
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Make a Meaningful Impact

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HOW TO INCORPORATE VOLUNTOURISM IN YOUR NEXT CONFERENCE By Peyton Scheller Paying for someone’s coffee in the drive-thru. Serving food at a homeless shelter. Donating clothing you no longer need. These days, there are so many ways to make a difference for the local community, including at your local conference! “Voluntourism,” the act of volunteering during an event or conference, is a rapidly increasing trend in the meetings and conventions world. Whether you have a group of 10 or 10,000 people convening, there are multiple ways to incorporate voluntourism into your meeting. Amy Cabe, director of convention services at Visit
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A New Team Building Experience at Seattle’s Puzzle Break

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You are trapped in a room. As you look around, you begin to notice strange objects and messages hidden around the room. Are they clues to help you escape? Can you and your team solve the puzzles, find the key and get out of the room within an hour? A new Seattle venue offers a cutting-edge take on group fun and team-building activities. Puzzle Break is a live action, video game-style experience where teams are thrust into a room full of hidden clues and puzzles that they must solve within an hour to escape the room. A new, 6,000 square-foot
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Make Your Next Conference or Retreat Special with a Day at the Races

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The glamour and excitement of thoroughbred horse racing can be the backdrop for a memorable conference, corporate incentive or special event. For a fun and productive alternative to a hotel meeting room, Emerald Downs, in Auburn, Washington, offers several spaces that can accommodate up to 500 guests. Conduct your business meeting during the day and conclude the event with an evening of racing excitement. Emerald Downs has more than 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space ready for your group. The 6,660 square-foot Emerald Room provides a formal setting for a conference or seminar. The room holds up to
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Henry’s Garage Event Center in Billings, Montana CLASSIC NOSTALGIA IN A MODERN SETTING Located in a thick cottonwood grove just outside Billings, Henry’s Garage is a refreshing change from the typical conference center. The main room is a large open-beam structure that has walls adorned with nostalgic automotive memorabilia. The room includes a restored 1950s-era diner offering a classic ambiance for any conference, retreat or special event. The 4,762 square-foot Garage area can accommodate as many as 300 for a seminar or meeting. The open floor plan provides the flexibility to meet any group’s requirements. Custom wood tables add to
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