The world of meetings and events continues to evolve, and 2024 will be no exception. We’re seeing an increased focus on inclusivity, unique experiences, budget-conscious and sustainable events, and more. Here are five key trends driving the future of meetings both in Lansing, Michigan, and nationwide.
Accessibility and inclusion are no longer buzzwords, but essential pillars of successful meetings. Attendees expect events that cater to a range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities.
Named a top travel destination in the US for autism families, Lansing boasts a plethora of accessible venues, hotels, restaurants, sensory-inclusive events, and digital resources. Meeting planners and attendees can use AbleVu to virtually tour and find accessibility information for local hotels, venues, restaurants, and other facilities.
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2024 is all about smaller and more intimate meetings that foster deeper connections and collaboration. Lansing caters to this perfectly, offering cozy, flexible spaces like AC Hotel by Marriott Lansing University Area or Think Space. These smaller spaces are ideal for networking events, retreats, and more.
Budget consciousness is key in 2024 as inflation continues to impact the US. With competitive hotel rates, affordable catering options, and readily available free attractions like the MSU Broad Art Museum, your event dollar goes a long way in Greater Lansing, especially compared to larger cities.
Additionally, many of our facilities and vendors prioritize sustainability and offer zero-waste options for events. Plan a zero-waste event with the Lansing Center, or work with vendors like HopCat, which uses compostable materials for disposables.
Forget passive lectures and generic presentations. Today's attendees seek immersive, memorable experiences that connect them to a destination and spark creativity. In Lansing, you can book your event at unique venues like the Michigan Princess Riverboat, High Caliber Karting, or Zap Zone XL.
Capture your attendees’ attention with hands-on workshops with local florists like Sparrow Bloom, a culinary class with local bakeries like Sweet Encounter or Le Chat Gourmet, or indoor simulated golf fun at X-Golf.
Ready to plan unforgettable events in 2024 and beyond? Connect with our experts and discover how our team can make your vision a reality.
Learn more about industry trends in this meetings forecast by AmEx Global Business Travel.
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