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December 15, 2016
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Roundup: Atlantis Into Hawaii, Kindred Shares Top Meeting Trends for 2017




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A big new Hawaii resort and a forecast on what to expect in 2017 are today’s top meetings industry stories.

Atlantis to Open New Hawaii Resort

China Oceanwide has entered into a management agreement with subsidiaries of Kerzner International Holdings Limited for a new Atlantis resort in Hawaii as part of Ko Olina, a 642 acre development on the white sand beaches of Oahu

The new resort will have event space for both small and large gatherings, according to the two companies, although no further details were available as of yet. 

China Oceanside and Kerzner said the new resort will offer a sophisticated lifestyle experience, with ocean views, green spaces and water experiences, along with Hawaii-inspired architecture and themed programming. The move will mark the first Atlantis resort in the United States, along with the brand’s flagship in Dubai, Atlantis, The Palm and the new resort in China, Atlantis, Sanya Hainan which will open in 2017, as well as The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai. Kerzner said has plans to continue to grow and develop the Atlantis brand globally.

Overlooking both the Honu and Kohola Lagoons, Atlantis will encompass over 26 acres of experiences, water play in Aquaventure Waterpark, The Ambassador Lagoon and The Lost Chambers Aquarium and dining experiences. With a design that aims to celebrate the natural elements of Hawaii’s environment, the resort will have approximately 800 guest rooms and suites, as well as approximately 524 residences. Guests and residents will be able to enjoy a variety of unique amenities, from private gardens and private pools to a variety of experiences to a Beach Club. Luxury retail boutiques will be curated to offer a wide and interesting selection for shopping. The resort will also house a Spa, introducing traditional and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies, as well as a fitness centre. Younger guests will experience their own adventures, from discovering exotic marine life, to culinary lessons, to the latest innovations in technology. 

Kindred Resorts & Hotels Forecasts Top Meeting Trends of 2017

Looking ahead to 2017, Kindred Resorts & Hotels has released a forecast of the top meeting trends to expect in the coming year, based on a survey among the brand’s 64 properties. 

According to the survey, 61 percent of properties met their 2016 projected revenue for group business and 66 percent of properties reported that booked revenue for 2017 is trending up from the previous year, with the strongest projected quarters being the second and third (39 percent each).

One anticipated meetings trend for 2017 is the increase in outdoor programming and experiential, destination-focused teambuilding activities. Groups are more and more wanting to get out of the boardroom and explore the destination, partaking in authentic, local experiences, whether it be paddle boarding on Lake Austin, snowshoeing in Colorado, hiking in Vermont, golfing in Pebble Beach, or fishing excursions in Florida. Community service activities are also becoming popular with groups and provide a great teambuilding opportunity to come together in helping others.

Kindred’s properties also cited the increase in wellness and healthy, local culinary offerings for meetings and coffee breaks. Thirty percent of those surveyed noted that soda requests are decreasing, and as an alternative, meeting attendees are requesting beverages such as water, smoothies or organic juices. Gluten-free menus have been the most requested dietary option (61 percent) followed by vegetarian (32 percent). Responding to this rising health trend, many of the Kindred hotels offer sustainably grown and locally produced food, organic gardens, specialized menus, healthy cooking classes and more to help meet demands from these groups.

The survey notes that on the decline are formal events, as well as the more traditional meeting breaks and conference rooms. Guests are favoring receptions and causal beach barbecues or clambakes over more formal seated dinners with suit and tie requirements. Additionally, with so many unique meeting and break-out venue options from rooms with incredible views and a sense of place to renovated barns, upscale guesthouses, luxury boats, gardens and more, the need for a traditional meeting room is no longer as necessary for productivity.

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