At the end of each passing year, we nostalgically look back on lists of highs (and lows) from said year. Then, at the beginning of each new year we enthusiastically attempt to predict what will happen in the coming months. As our team reviewed various expert predictions on meeting trends for 2017, there were two that got us particularly excited.

1. Coffee Goes Craft

According to David McMillin, Contributing Convene editor and PCMA Writer, “In 2017, we’ll see a movement toward changing the morning routine as an increasing number of attendees aim to satisfy their caffeine cravings with something other than massive one-cup-fits-all coffee urns.”

Coffee is huge in Columbus. In 2014 we created the Columbus Coffee Trail and a way to help visitors best experience the quality craftsmanship and commitment to education evident in each cup of coffee brewed in our local shops. Nearly all of the stops on the trail are within walking distance of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, or a short ride on the Cbus, Columbus’ free downtown circulator. Upon visiting a stop on a trail, guests will receive a stamp on a Columbus Coffee Trail passport and after receiving four stamps, passports can be redeemed for a free coffee trail t-shirt at any Experience Columbus Visitor Center. Visitor Centers are conveniently located within the Greater Columbus Convention Center as well as in the nearby Arena District. It’s easy to find great coffee in Columbus and the t-shirt serves as a useful memento for a memorable experience.

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2. Experiential Meetings are on the Rise

Thomas Faust, president of sales for Benchmark Global Hospitality told Successful Meetings, “People will continue to look for experiences and adventures; and in meetings, the organization's goal is to leverage that into team building experiences to provide an ROI by improving performance as a result of that meeting. The experiential event drives a higher level of success for that organization.”

There are so many different opportunities for team building in Columbus! Our team loves food, so of course our favorite options are taking a hands-on cooking class together (then enjoying our spoils at the end!) or going on a culinary tour with Columbus Food Adventures. Or, for those looking to do something other than eat, the popular escape room phase has hit in Columbus as well. We have a variety of options, ranging from some more intense rooms where participants are handcuffed at the beginning, to less intense riddle-solving rooms that could involve helping a crazy cat lady find her lost best friend.

Whatever attendees are looking for, whether it be craft coffee, unique team-building experiences or anything else, it can be found here in Columbus. Just ask us!