Small Meetings On the Rise at The Broadmoor

July 23, 2020 – Large corporate meetings and gatherings aren’t returning in the near future, but it seems small groups of executives still see the value in meeting face to face.

“The smaller group is our new normal,” says Pepper Dombrowski, The Broadmoor's director of sales.

Some corporate groups are still meeting, opting to cancel the majority of planned attendees and keeping a select group of executives’ reservations to accommodate work on a smaller in-person scale, bringing in other team members virtually as needed.

“Because we have so much square footage, we're able to really spread out our groups that are here in person and make everyone feel more comfortable and socially distanced," Dombrowski explains.

In a normal year, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has its calendar filled with all sizes of  groups, from executive retreats to entire buyouts, and trade shows that bring guests from around the globe. The resort, which spans 5,000 acres, has a diversity of meeting space offerings everything from boardrooms to grand ballrooms and even wilderness properties (including a ranch, a fly fishing camp, and a collection of cabins and meeting space at 10,000 feet elevation). Its Gatsby-esque Estate House is an 11,000 square foot home complete with croquet lawn and a library, while the humble Fish House is an Adirondack style cabin located on the 6th hole of the historic East Golf Course. The phrase “there’s a space for everything” truly fits at The Broadmoor.

But with more than 90 meeting rooms of assorted shapes and sizes, what was once specialized space to meet the needs of groups is now more space to spread out. Some groups are using the resort’s recently completed 125,000 square foot Exhibit Center as overflow dining, where individuals can be seated six feet apart, and breakout rooms can accommodate smaller gatherings without crowding.

Apart from the socially distant meetings, attendees are spending as much time as possible outdoors taking advantage of The Broadmoor’s two golf courses, tennis and pickleball, and even ziplining (soaring above the resort’s stunning Seven Falls). Hiking has also been a popular choice this summer, from heart-pounding outings to easier, informational hikes with a naturalist. Mountain biking, both guided experiences and bike rentals only (with gear provided and sanitized between use), has also seen an uptick in bookings and interest from groups seeking activities that can easily keep attendees apart and outside. Corporate groups are also showing an increased interest in picnics, movies under the stars (complete with individual snack items and lawn seating), and outdoor team building exercises via Broadmoor Outfitters.

For more details on meetings at The Broadmoor, visit our Meetings and Events homepage.
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