Meeting Trends

Planning an event takes time and there are tons of details to take into consideration for your special event. Here are some trends that are taking place in the meeting areana.

Whether it’s a nod to green meetings or just convenience, note pads and pens are taking a back seat to iPads and electronic tablets as the preferred means of taking notes and documenting learning in the meeting room. Conference centers are responding with charging stations so the devices can charge during breaks. Meetings are active with texting and tweeting exchanges with meeting-related content.

Healthy culinary continues but it doesn’t mean the Danish trays aren’t emptied daily. Meeting attendees are demanding healthy, sustainable cuisine and refreshment break selections – even going so far as to request an authentic culinary experience reflecting the native cuisine.

After years of postponed or deferred meetings, many companies are using teambuilding to inspire camaraderie and revive enthusiasm. Today’s team building programs are about scavenger hunts, early morning group fitness runs, competitive bowling, and culinary cook-offs. Fun, challenging and delicious!

A bonus trend includes plenty to do on property for attendees, up-to-date fitness and recreation and strong WiFi signals throughout the building. It is all expected today and definitely adds to the overall experience.


Thank you so much for a wonderful stay and for taking such good care of the team, coaches, and support staff this past weekend. The trip went very smooth and the team had their first victory over Millikin in 40+ years! We really appreciate your hard work and wanted to extend our sincere appreciation to you and your staff that made everything possible. Thank you again for your hospitality.
Lauren Cavallaro
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Kim Mangan
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Mark Anthony
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Marry Ribben
My stay at the Decatur Conference Center was one of the best stays I have had in my many travels throughout the Midwest.  Thank You!
Irene Paliomentro
I enjoyed working with you last December on our Christmas Party for the BLET. You are very professional and your staff did a wonderful job.Everyone at the party said the food and JR’s was great!We are looking forward to having the party again there this year.
Toni Cusanelli
I just want to say THANK YOU for everything. I thought the meetings went really well, the guests seemed to enjoy their rooms and stay, the food was fabulous, and we were well taken care of if we needed something. We didn’t have to want or wait on anything!! I have to admit I was very impressed!
Becky Garrett