AUSTIN, TEXAS, WILL SOON BE HOME
to the first inland surf resort, NLand
Surf Park. The park is scheduled to
open in 2016, bringing the ocean to a
central Texas lagoon. With one-, four-and six-foot waves every 60 seconds,
the waves won’t lose power or shape
due to the Wavegarden technology.
The park will feature 11 surfing areas
with four different surfing levels, from
beginner to professional.
The surf park offers groups packages
for teambuilding, retreats and events.
Options will be customizable and can
range from dry-land training by a surf
professional, to professional demos or
speakers, to surf contests for the more
advanced. Groups can also use the
facility for receptions and on-site meals
before or after their chosen experience.
NLand Surf Park Founder and CEO
Doug Coors—ancestor of brewer Adolph
Coors—worked with Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gomez to select the
site and make the park net zero regarding
“We designed the park to tread lightly on
the land and all its resources, especially water,” Coors says. “Even in the most challenging drought conditions, we will be capable of
operating the lagoon with only rainwater.”
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8 MEETINGSTODAY 12. 15
CVENT ACQUIRED EVENT
provider Alliance Tech,
with an eye toward capturing another part of the
meetings life cycle, the on-site measurement of results.
“Even today, people think we’re just about registra-
tion,” says Brian Ludwig, senior vice president of sales
for Cvent. “Registration, marketing, check-in, badges,
mobile apps, and all of the analytics that go with that;
we handle cradle-to-grave event management.”
Alliance Tech specializes in RFID and other tech-
nology that is used on-site, and will facilitate Cvent
creating a “digital fingerprint” of attendees so compa-
nies can see an immediate impact on their pipeline.
The move fits with Cvent’s previous acquisition of
Crowd Compass, which provides on-site mobile apps.
“We’re making a big play for technology for day-of event management,” Ludwig explains.
Ludwig says Cvent expects to launch two new products in 2016: a program that will facilitate the back-and-forth processing of content, such as calls for papers and
abstracts, which will be especially relevant to scientific
conferences; and a program that will improve the one-on-one appointment process by utilizing an algorithm
that creates more-relevant matches and then flows
them into the personal schedules of participants.
Ludwig says that the scheduling product will be
available both as a standalone product or can be
combined with its existing platform.
SLEEP IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT, BUT ESPECIALLY WHEN
traveling and spending long days away from home. And we’ve all
heard that getting a good night’s sleep leads to improved memory
and creativity, sharpened attention and overall better health. But
seven to eight hours isn’t easy to get, let alone when on the road and
not in your own bed. Luckily, some properties are taking note and
offering sleep programs and aides.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has sleep programming at
Well & Being, a spa retreat that combines spa and wellness and
offers massage treatments, personal training and consultations on
stress reduction and nutrition. One program is Adult Naps, where
guests pick a 30- or 60-minute sessions in a zero-gravity So Sound
Lounger with sounds, vibrations, scents and tea to promote sleep.
Another program is the Blissful Sleep Package, which includes a
sleep mask, SprayOLogy homeopathic travel kit, bath and body
products to relieve stress, a National Geographic book, Life is Your
Best Medicine. written by Well & Being Chief Medical Officer Tiera-ona Low Dog, M.D. www.scottsdaleprincess.com
At Library Hotel Collection hotels, in-room humidifiers and hot
tea room service are available. SleepPhones, headphones designed to
wear while sleeping and equipped with songs and sounds to help fall
and stay asleep, are available for loan at each hotel. In addition, eye
masks, special pillows and foam or featherbed mattress toppers are
also offered at each property. www.libraryhotelcollection.com
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess