Prevue asked Ginny Davito, Vice President of Group Sales, Hard Rock Hotels All Inclusive Collection, for her thoughts on Green Meetings trends.
Q: Is there a growing demand from planners for more healthy/green venues and group experiences?
A: Yes, as companies grow consistently more and more eco-conscious, the hospitality industry is changing as a whole to meet these needs. The All Inclusive Collection is committed to being at the forefront of the movement.
Q: What types of initiatives are in place to help answer that demand?
A: The All Inclusive Collection is regularly reminding groups of all green efforts implemented into each property, not only to educate but to remind meeting attendees of the impacted results when both the property and its guests lend a hand to help protect the environment.
Q: How are the hotels designed and situated to offer group programs in touch with nature?
A: The All Inclusive Collection offers various packages that provide groups with the exclusive opportunity to take part in cultural and nature-friendly activities. One of the most popular packages is the Xcaret Promotion. Xcaret is a natural park that treasures the best of the traditions and culture of Mexico—a paradise that combines the natural beauty and cultural wealth of the country and the region. Xcaret features spectacular underground rivers, natural pools and a myriad of attractions such as the first Butterfly Pavilion in Mexico.There is also the Coral Reef Aquarium, which is one of the few places in the world where reef structures can be seen in their natural habitat and a lush nursery for regional fauna. This popular promotion is automatically valid for groups booking five nights or more for programs running now through until December 15, 2012.
Q: What types of group experiences are available that promote an active outdoor lifestyle?
A: Everything from group yoga to salsa lessons and figure-friendly menu options are available at each of the all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels, which promote an active outdoor lifestyle for groups of all ages.The All Inclusive Collection regularly organizes group outings to cultural parks, including Xcaret and Xplor, providing an up close look at Mexico through interactive experiences. In addition, groups are able to experience golf outings on one of the property’s challenging and spectacular championship courses designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Q: Are there any group programs designed specifically around health and wellness?
A: The latest promotion is the Hard Rock Hard Body retreat and Family Fitness Getaway. This innovative program provides groups with the opportunity to incorporate fitness into their agenda, including specialized wellness classes, individual trainer time, nutrition consultations with customized meal plans, healthy cooking demonstrations and take-home recipes.