Reprinted with permission
by Meetings & Conventions Magazine
Ropes courses getting old? Stumped for something
new and different to get your attendees to play better
together? Go up on the Web to get some ideas. Total
Rebound Interactive Games [http://www.totalrebound.com]
has a colorful site that's full of suggestions.
Clicking the "games" button gets you
a listing of all the oldies and goodies Total Rebound
has to offer, but the "new stuff" button
reveals some funky events. A couple of the latest
include the Indy 500-style fun of motorized barrel
racing around a vinyl track or the "because
it's there" challenge of climbing a 28-foot
inflatable mountain to a "snow-covered" crest.
Or there's human darts or human shuffleboard, for
those who want to be the playing piece.
Total Rebound's page of links has a twist or two
for those who are used to moving from meeting site
to meeting site. Sure, there are the requisite
links to Meeting Professionals International and
the Napa Valley CVB, but you can also travel to
learn the story of Velcro, jump to the trampoline
home page or grab hold of Sumo World.
RFPs and checklists. Soon to be the first anchor
tenant of the Meetings Industry Mall [http://www.mim.com/],
Holiday Inn Select hotels are busy putting up pages
that answer every question a meeting planner could
have. The home page [http://www.hiselect.com] went
up in June, with a clickable map to get you to
the property of choice.
Two nifty features highlight the home page. One
is a corporate request for proposal, where you
can enter your meeting specs and then indicate
all the properties you want to send it to. The
second, called "Perfect Meetings' Worksheets," are
checklists you can have e-mailed to you. The 17
subjects include "hotel requirements - preliminary
screening" and "check-list for one week
before the meeting." The best part is, you
can check the box next to each of the forms you
want, type your e-mail address in the appropriate
box, click the "request" button, and
they all show up in your e-mail box.
The three properties online so far - the Atlanta
Peachtree Corners [http://www.hiselect.com/AtlantaPeachtreecorners],
the Atlanta Perimeter [http://www.hiselect.com/atlperimeter]
and the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport [http://www.hiselect.
com/flaclwapt]-all have RFPs, meeting-room diagrams,
restaurant menus, a link to local information and
comments from satisfied clients.