“I am amazed
by the number
of people who
don’t want to
golf or spa, but
want to go
or decide to try
rappelling or rock
here who want
to push their
Le Manoir Richelieu, which has a four
Green Key rating, replaced all lights with
LED bulbs, switched cloth for paper napkins even in receptions, converted their
heated outdoor pool from electric to gas
heat and installed technology to then harvest pool heat.
Their bath amenities are in containers
that are 100 percent biodegradable. Picking up on the recycling theme, one public
service group that bought out the 405-
room resort had all attendees bring bath
amenities to a collection point each day.
The assembled soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions were later distributed
to people in need.
Hand-in-hand with sustainability is
healthier eating. All resorts are greening
their plates by sourcing fresh local and seasonal products.
Aligned with healthier lifestyles and
environmental concerns is a strong trend
for corporate social responsibility (CSR).
“We had a heating and air conditioning
group here in late fall,” Brown says. “They
built a whole environmental plant for a
Other groups meeting in Colorado
Springs, which is home to a number of
military installations (Fort Carson, NORAD,
the Air Force Academy), have joined local
organizations to ;ind ways to assist military
At Vail groups have employed CSR as a
type of team building to clean rivers and
trails, engage in reforestation projects and
help with a community garden.
The mountains also seem to inspire
delegates to become more active. Brown
says meeting attendees are the most active
he’s seen in his career.
“This is my ;irst mountain resort,” he
says. “I’ve worked on beaches for a long
time, so this is all new to me. The trend
to get away and do wilderness things and
mountain events has astounded me. I am
amazed by the number of people who come
and don’t want to golf or spa, but want to
go hiking, ziplining, mountain biking or
decide to try rappelling or rock climbing.
There are a lot of I’d-like-to-tries, which
has amazed me because I didn’t experience
that in my beachside resorts. We’re getting
people here who want to push their limits.
And luckily we provide all those things.”
Inspired attendees who are willing to
push limits should be a good measure of
success for all types of business events. ■