Ignite June/July 2016

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Our group was genuinely impressed with The Rimrock Resort Hotel, built into the side of Sulphur Mountain, with gorgeous valley or forest views from every guestroom. The Suite Infinity 900 guestroom left planners awestruck by the sweeping floor-to- ceiling views of the valley, with a spacious outdoor terrace. With conference facilities and the multiple award-winning Eden Dining Room on-site, the property has all the elements to keep a corporate group happy. Our last day in Banff took in a site at the Banff Centre, a trade show with additional Banff/Lake Louise partners and a site tour and final dinner at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The Banff Centre led our group through a modified Connector Class lecture on photography and a group exercise to showcase the current and future state of the meeting industry. Banff Park Lodge, the location of our afternoon trade show, is centrally located in town, close to restaurants, bars and entertainment. Later on that evening, our group remained fascinated throughout an extensive tour of the Banff Springs. With 38 meeting rooms and numerous ballrooms, the 38,000-sq.-ft. Willow Stream Spa and 764 rooms and suites in the hotel, the Banff Springs can handle any size of group. The Banff Springs has recently added addi- tional rooms to its Fairmont Gold Lounge, offering exclusive services and amenities. Personalized service and a history of room preferences are just some of the special touches included at this "hotel within a hotel." A tour through the attached conference centre offers planners even more event venues. Steeped in stories, host to monarchs and movie stars—and even a couple of resident ghosts—the resort has enjoyed a fabled existence and remains a legend in the Rockies. After our last transfer via Banff Airporter, we boarded our flights home, with memories of the mountains and a true Canadian destination gem. PLANNER PERSPECTIVE We were able to see what Banff and Lake Louise have to offer for hosting an event there. A few of my favorite moments—Dinner with Craig and Chef David: the 'Vinyl' themed dinner was off-the-charts an amazing idea, not to mention the food was delicious. Our morning hike with Jeff at Fairmont Chateau was beautiful. The con- nector session that was done by Ryan and his team at the Banff Centre was a great way to interact with the group and get to know each other better. I would definitely do this at an upcoming event.–Nicole Langer, Richardson GMP Limited M

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