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We have all been there – stuck in a meeting where the only thing on your agenda is keeping your eyes open and hoping that it wraps up soon. People walk out uninspired and feeling like they’ve wasted precious time. It doesn’t have to be that way, and it’s the last thing you want if your company is going to great expense to host an elaborate retreat or event.

Here are a few ideas on how to make your meeting more fun, memorable, inspiring and productive:

It All Starts With The Reception.  

Nothing sets the tone or prepares the mind for a fulfilling experience like an impressive welcome reception. For example, if you were having an event at one of Marriott’s five incredible resorts in the Caribbean, having a reception that compliments the gentle ocean breezes and breathtaking beauty will naturally put your attendees in a relaxed state of mind.

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Cool drinks, tropical fruit and flowers are just a few small touches that can make a big difference. Offering welcome amenities like sunscreen, bottled water, and pair of sunglasses is an effective and inexpensive way to prepare attendees for a pleasurable event. You might also consider having a theme that fits your surroundings like ‘Under The Sea’ or ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ – whatever fits the personality of your group best.

Carry The Fun Into The Meeting. 

Just because you’re getting down to business doesn’t mean that you have to leave fun behind. Integrating games into your meeting is an easy way to build teamwork and break the ice. Prizes featuring some of the resort’s and destination’s unique amenities and attractions let attendees enjoy a much broader experience. For example, if you were having your meeting at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino, the winning attendee or team might receive complimentary massages at Health Club, a credit at the casino, or appetizers at Portofino Restaurant. Or, if you were staying at Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, the winners might enjoy an off-site eco tour at Coral World Ocean Park. The possibilities are endless.

Leave Them Wanting More.

If time and schedules allow, giving attendees the opportunity to extend their stay at a reasonable rate lets them turn a business trip into a leisure trip. While the business trip is great for introducing attendees to an exotic location or a new culture, offering them a chance for a deeper experience can be truly rewarding. Out of the five Marriott Resorts in the Caribbean, perhaps the most culturally rich choice is St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino. Although it has all the modern amenities you’d expect from a Marriott Resort, it has an “undiscovered” feeling to it. Hiking up a volcano, exploring rainforests, and savoring candied plantains made by the friendly locals are just a few of the hidden treasures that await your attendees.

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Marriott Caribbean and Latin America Resorts is also now offering Paradise Perks for meeting planners: 15% off your meeting or event, and two extra concession perks when booking a value date. Learn more at

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