Isn’t it great that, in this day and age, business conferences and events don’t need to be boring or stuffy affairs? So far, trends emerging from global meetups and conferences in 2017 include the use of unique venues and themes, creative breakaway sessions and engaging activities to draw and involve conference attendees.

From conferences hosted at outdoor concert venues, to fashion shows that replace traditional PowerPoint presentations, the sky is really the limit when it comes to what event organisers can do to create truly memorable and immersive conference experiences.


Choosing an unique venue

Take the Singularity University, for example: the institution hosted a conference in San Francisco recently and chose to make use of the de Young Museum of Art, in Golden Gate Park, as the venue for their conference dinner party. Conference attendees could wander through the museum at will to appreciate the various art installations, or mingle with other guests while listening to live music, and enjoying Asian-inspired canapes and drinks.

Google has opted to host its I/O developers conference at the outdoor Shoreline Amphitheatre, in Mountain View, for two years running now, while other conference organizers are turning to cruise ships and railway coaches as mobile venues for their events. These unique spaces minimize distractions from the ‘outside’ world and encourage deeper and more meaningful interactions between conference attendees. And they’re fun!


Taking an unique approach

Another popular trend emerging in the events space these days, involves the drawing together of speakers and minds from different industries to creatively collaborate and innovate around shared concerns. According to a recent blog by Skift, the main aim here is to encourage meaningful engagements between professionals from different sectors to see what a convergence of perspectives and skills can accomplish when tackling some of the bigger, global issues.


Taking advantage of local attractions

If you (or a client) are thinking of conferencing in Meath soon, then you’ll want to know about the unique draw cards we have on offer the area, so you can also put together an inspirational conference schedule.


Enjoy a hot air balloon flight from a historic setting

The Castle Arch Hotel, in Trim, co. Meath, is a short, 35-minute drive from the Dublin Airport, and just a stone’s throw away from some of Ireland’s oldest and most historical landmarks, including Trim Castle and The Sheep Gate (the only surviving gateway of the Medieval town of Trim).

Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was made famous in the 90s as a shoot location for the 1995 feature film, Braveheart, which was directed and starred in by Mel Gibson. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, it’s possible to take an adventurous, 3.5-hour hot air balloon flight from launch sites like Trim Castle or the Hill of Tara, either early in the morning, or three hours before sunset. Passengers can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the lush, Irish countryside and sweeping surrounds, while enjoying a complimentary glass of bubbly.


Enjoy fine whiskeys, gins and craft beers, from Drogheda to Slane

The Caste Arch Hotel is ideally located for outings in the area. The Boann Distillery is a soon-to-be-launched artisan distillery located near the River Boyne in Drogheda – which is a mere 44-minute drive from Castle Arch. The distillery produces craft gin and malted pot still whiskey from locally sourced ingredients and water from the River Boyne.

Conference goers can start here, and then travel 20 minutes up the River Boyne to the historic Slane Castle, which dates back to the mid 1700s. The estate’s 250 year-old stables are home to the popular Slane Castle Whiskey Distillery. Day visitors can enjoy guided tours of both the distillery and Slane Castle before moving on to their next port of call.

While they’re in the area, conference delegates can take a short detour to historic sites of Newgrange and Brú na Bóinne to learn more about the fascinating history of Ireland’s Ancient East.


Relax during a round of golf at a top Golf Resort or try your hand at white water rafting

Trim is home to an 18-hole championship golf course - an ideal venue for team building activities. Alternatively, conference attendees can enjoy an adrenalin-pumping white river rafting ride or a more sedate and informative river tour of medieval Trim.


Castle Arch Hotel conferencing opportunities

The Caste Arch Hotel is a sought after meeting venue for conferencing in Meath. We have four fully air conditioned conference suites that can accommodate up to 300 delegates each. Our dedicated event coordinators and secretarial service teams are on hand to assist with all the details, from complimentary parking for quests, to room rates and transport arrangements for all conference attendees.

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