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Reasons to Meet Outside of a Major City

May 25, 2017
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More Value
Vermont is often more affordable than meeting in a major destination. Hotel and resort rates are generally lower and filled with added value. Today the focus is on the ease of downtown Burlington with four hotels all within walking distance, Hilton BurlingtonCourtyard Burlington HarborHilton Garden Inn and Hotel Vermont. The downtown attractions are a short walk away, Church Street MarketplaceECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Main Street Landing and the Spirit of Ethan Allen. In addition, Lake Champlain, the largest lake after the great lakes sits nearby with a 13 mile bike path along with numerous beaches, parks and green spaces. Your attendees can easily walk to these off site venues from the downtown hotels saving your group on transportation costs while adding a little more culture and city vibe. If off site transportation is needed there are a number of options available (trolley car, motor coach, public transportation, taxi, uber).

Less Traffic
Whether meeting in Burlington or elsewhere in Vermont you will find less traffic and congestion. The airport(s) are easy in, easy out. Traffic in general is pretty much non-existent. If you choose to meet in one of our many resort areas the ride from the airport is beautiful and relaxing. Your attendees won't arrive at your conference location already stressed from a congested drive from the airport. 

A Can-Do Attitude
Meeting planners tell us that they find a high level of service in Vermont. “Our annual meeting held in Vermont was outstanding. While we have met in many mountain resort destinations across the country the level of professional service we received in Vermont has been unmatched. All of the staff encountered from banquets to housekeeping was friendly, smiling and provided expert attention. In fact, many of our members have let us know that the Vermont program was their most favorite annual meeting to date.“ J. Elizabeth Cotton-Murphy – Chief Administrative Officer - Uniform Law Commission after their 2016 meeting at Stowe Mountain Lodge.

Ways to Create a Meeting Experience
The Vermont Convention Bureau team will help you to decide what works for your group so that you can amp up your groups meeting or event experience. Our staff has ideas for team building, one of a kind off site reception/dinner spaces, inspired options for incentives and ways to infuse local products into your program.