Here we are, almost three weeks into the COVID-19 Social Distancing Challenge. As we all know, staying home and distancing ourselves from other people is a great way for everyone to contribute in the fight to end this pandemic. The sooner this is over, the sooner we will all be back to our personal and professional lives. We are staying positive, knowing that in the future hotels will be opening back up soon, the airline industry will be taking off, and the meetings and the convention industry will be re-booking postponed programs. People attending conventions and meetings will be right back in the thick of things, flying in from other countries and crisscrossing back and forth the United States.
And when considering the United States’ East Coast, you should be strongly think about New Hampshire and Maine. These states are rich in both history and natural beauty and they offer the attendees unique opportunities during their stay. When scheduling your programs here, remember a great enticement for people to register and attend is by offering activities outside the hotels and convention venues. These activities can be both rewarding and relaxing. The unproductive consequences resulting from attending mandatory daily meetings and seminars are higher levels stress and anxiety. The importance of scheduling downtime or personal time during these programs goes without saying. Offering activities and tours to be taken are a great outlet to relieve the stress and bring some much appreciated, personal fulfillment to your attendees’ lives.
For instance, Trolley tours from Perkins Cove in Maine, a fishing or lobstering excursion, or perhaps a visit to quaint, local shops provides opportunities to experience the look and feel of New England. Or how about a photo walk along Cape Neddick’s Marginal Way, a hike up one of Mount Agamenticus’ trails? Consider offering a tour and photo opportunity to the Nubble Lighthouse in York Maine the day with a sunset at the Western Promenade in Portland Maine. The fresh air and exercise are welcome treats to someone who has been inside a hotel for hours.
From Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Portland, Maine, making the majestic, natural beauty of these states easily accessible to a weary traveler is a way to garner their appreciation for the opportunity they may not otherwise have had. Fresh minds and positive attitudes from your attendees result in you getting the most positive, productive results and return on investments from these programs.