How to Plan a More Centered Meeting

Event professionals and attendees appreciate an event that doesn’t require endless bus rides from venue to venue to experience all that is available in a destination. Sourcing a hotel partner that is in the middle of it all can simplify the logistics and amplify the effectiveness. Smart Meetings asked the experts at Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel for tips on how to concentrate the agenda while preserving the sense of discovery.

Go Big

When the on-site event venue is more than 100,000 sq. ft. of flexible, newly updated space with the ability to reconfigure from breakfast to keynote and gala in record time, as in the case of Renaissance Dallas Addison, each day will feel fresh. With a total of 34 event rooms, finding the right fit is easy and on-site professional planning services can help map an attendee journey that is effortless and intuitive.

The same is true of the guest rooms. Look for spaces that are contemporary with thoughtful collections of modern amenities and deluxe bedding. A well-rested attendee makes a more focused audience.

Eat Right

Hotel dining has come a long way. Noell JCT, for instance, offers contemporary American-style cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a nightly punch bowl ritual with a craft cocktail served so guests can get to know one another in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Catering services should offer the same level of quality ingredients and thoughtfulness of the restaurant experience. Talk to the chef on-site about specific requirements for your group to get creative suggestions based on local specialties.

For those who want to mix it up, however, look for locations that have lots of options in walking distance. North Dallas has 200 such entertaining options, including Addison Circle Park, Pete’s Piano Bar, Addison Improv Comedy Club and Galleria Dallas.