by Alex Palmer | September 26, 2016
Sensory experiences can have a big impact on attendee experiences of meetings and conferences -- helping enhance events' memorability and effectiveness. This fact has inspired The Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts to unveil a new program aimed elevating the sights, sounds, and tastes of the individual destinations where dozens of its properties are based.

Called "A Meeting of the Senses," the program taps the insights of a group of advisers and trend experts who draw on research, travel, and social media to craft customized experiences for groups meeting at one of 60 Ritz-Carlton properties. For example, at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, planners showcase the destination's beauty with the Picnic Under the Stars program, in which each guest receives a picnic basket they take to the property's rolling Plantation Lawn, and there enjoy an outdoor movie. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans offers an "Oyster Butler" and "Crawfish Concierge" to guide attendees in properly shucking oysters and peeling local crawfish.

Much of the "Meeting of the Senses" offerings focus on wellness or food-and-beverage programs. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (pictured) incorporates its spa's oxygen bar into meeting breaks, boosting their energy and alertness with the fresh air. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna takes a more interactive approach, providing a personal trainer during coffee breaks, and a Sightseeing Run through the city's Old Town at the end of the day.

But not all of the sensory experiences under the program are health-related. For example, The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park in New York provides attendees with private shopping experiences at Saks Fifth Avenue at Brookfield Place during their meeting breaks. 

The 60 hotels participating hotel in the "A Meetings of the Senses" experiences are: The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi, The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, The Ritz-Carlton, Barcelona, The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Central Place, The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Financial Street, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, The Ritz-Carlton, Penha Longa Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, The Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai Pudong, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, and The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg.