Hotel breakout rooms and convention center ballrooms are no longer enough. To retain attendees' interest, meeting and event planners must increasingly ferret out new and interesting local venues that break the meeting-space mold. With that in mind, global destination and event management company Pacific World has curated a new collection of culturally significant venues that it describes as "unusual" and "fully immersive," it announced yesterday.
"We are continuously looking for new venues that are not just cool and stunning, but will achieve our clients' meetings and events goals," said Pacific World Global Marketing Manager Patricia Silvio. "2017 events are now well under way, and our teams around the globe have been selecting and sharing their findings and choices. We have found that most of the spaces selected answer to the latest industry trends. Clients are craving for immersive experiences to engage with the local destination, culture, and tradition. Each of these venues inspire planners to think outside of the box on many levels, and they are the basis to creating unforgettable experiences for years to come."
Pacific World's new venues include private residences, natural outdoor locations, and conceptual venues that highlight local culture and gastronomy.
In Paris, for example, the company offers a private luxury apartment in the city's Marais neighborhood. Built in the 17th century, it has opulent living and dining rooms that feature a private art collection and fine furnishings that belong to the owner, who is an art auctioneer and connoisseur. It also has a vaulted cellar that can be reached by private elevator, which is perfect for a wine aperitif, according to Pacific World, which has secured similar private residences in Singapore, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, and other major cities across Europe and Asia.
Another unique venue that Pacific World has sourced is the Opera Samfaina in Barcelona (pictured). Located beneath the Barcelona Opera House, the 10,000-square-foot venue was designed by chefs and A/V artists to host high-tech gastro-sensory experiences, with different themed spaces inside it where attendees can sample regional Spanish cuisine while immersed in special sounds, projections, and animations.
A third and final example is in Asia, where Pacific World had created an immersive experience in the village of Mengwi, Bali. Leveraging the entire village as opposed to a single locale, the experience includes a welcome from local villagers, who dress in traditional Balinese costumes and lead a musical procession to the Taman Ayun, a local temple. There, local kecak and fire dancers perform and a Balinese feast is served.
"Our clients are craving unique, immersive experiences where they can engage with the destination's culture and traditions," said Silvio continued. "We align the location and experience with our client's goals -- and devise events that engage attendees on many levels, creating an unforgettable experience of a lifetime that bonds the guests."
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