Securing 100% engagement and satisfaction from conference delegates is not always an easy task. Research suggests however, you’re more likely to maintain delegate attention and sustain energy levels if your agenda reflects a strategic balance of learning, interactive activities, personal development and entertainment.
As the Gold Coast’s premier meetings and events’ venue for corporates, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort has 4.2 hectares of lush tropical surrounds and five-star amenities to entertain and engage your employees or clients on-site. Unique to the resort’s meetings and events’ offering is their Insider Collection, which unlocks the unparalleled surrounds of this luxury resort and immerses delegates in a variety of experiences for maximum impact.
Below the resort shares its top 10 conferencing ideas to help your business deliver an outstanding event:
Health and wellness themed activities
Morning yoga session on the Marina Lawns
If you’re heading into a long day of indoor presentations and workshops, treat your delegates to a morning yoga class on the resort’s secluded Marina Lawns that overlook the Coomera River. With guidance from a highly experienced yoga teacher, delegates will take to their mats for breathing and movement sequences that will enhance mental clarity, focus and energy.
To re-engage your guests following a morning of intense sessions - unleash the therapeutic benefits of guided meditation. With immediate motivation and lasting results, delegates will enjoy positive visualisation exercises that can be tailored to your group’s goals. Meditation sessions are designed to increase cognitive focus, mental wellbeing, concentration and focus.
High Coffee and Inspirational Speakers
Motivate your team with an inspirational speaker, as they indulge in the resort’s exclusive High Coffee menu. The resort’s network of motivating Insider Speakers will have your people tuning into stories by sporting heroes, business celebrities and local entrepreneurs; while the all-new High Coffee menu curated by Executive Chef, Matt Hart, will tantalise tastebuds with vanilla-frosted strawberry tarts, caramel mousses adorned with edible florals, almond butter biscuits, pressed cucumber finger sandwiches and open brioches filled with salmon parfait caviar. The resort’s specialist meetings and events team will help you to source a speaker who will strike a chord with your delegates.
With help from the resort’s partner Be Challenged, ensure your itinerary includes a team building or problem-solving activity to ignite group engagement. A broad selection of Insider Interactions’ activities are available such as -:
GO TEAM Challenge
Go Team is a state-of-the-art GPS enabled treasure hunt that turns InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort into the ultimate adventure for your delegates. Operating from iPads, the GO TEAM app guides teams to their checkpoints. Once members arrive at their destination, GPS-triggered challenges are issued to the teams, which they can work on together. This challenge is great for strategic thinking and team bonding.
Incorporate state-of-the-art technology
Immersive Outdoor Holographic Technology
Bring your conference to life with next generation 3D holographic technology that utilises InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s 1-acre saltwater Lagoon Beach Pool as the backdrop. Host a team dinner on the white sands of the Lagoon Beach Pool and give your delegates a display like no other. Holographic technology has the power to bring your brand, story, product or theme to life with an immersive experience incorporating music and moving 3D imagery. Your audience will be guided on a visual journey infused with a mesmerising display of colour, sound and movement.
Give back to the community
This Be Challenged activity is a proven morale booster and will have everyone smiling by the end. Each team starts with a kit of unmarked parts, which they earn through a series of challenging team activities. They then assemble a prosthetic hand from 30 pieces of plastic and metal. When building the prosthetic hand participants can only use one hand, gaining a small understanding of how landmine victims live.
Sustainability and Conservation
The resort’s Insider Community has been designed to benefit the local community and delegates. Activities include cooking classes with Executive Chef, Matt Hart, who showcases the resort’s involvement with Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest. Other initiatives include trips to a local Tiger Conservation to educate delegates on how they can help protect precious wildlife.
Create your own canapes
Sample some of Queensland’s finest ingredients in one of the resort’s highly-customised food and beverage experiences. Executive Chef, Matt Hart and his team of culinary geniuses have designed an interactive experience to boost networking and infuse fun into your conference break. Guests are encouraged to create their own canapés alongside the resort's culinary team.
Fun and entertainment
Group golfing activities
For delegates with a penchant for golf, opt for group golfing games on The Palms Golf Course with a pro-golfer. Great for team bonding and spontaneous networking, this activity will challenge and inspire your delegates with some friendly competition. Alternatively, if you have time for an off-site activity in your agenda, take a trip to Topgolf for interactive team-building tournaments mixed with live entertainment and catering packages. To score points participants hit micro-chipped golf balls into giant targets on the outfield from private bays. This is a thoroughly entertaining activity, whether you’re an aspiring pro or a total beginner.