From the moment meeting attendees step foot in The Palm Beaches, they will be welcomed with an unprecedented level of safety and the open ‘palms’ of a passionate community ready to provide them with an energizing and unforgettable experience.
GBAC STARTM Accreditation and The Palm Beaches Pledge
Groups will have peace of mind throughout their entire experience in The Palm Beaches, thanks to destination-wide GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) STARTM Accreditations and other initiatives such as The Palm Beaches Pledge. The council’s industry-acclaimed “good housekeeping seal” requires facilities – including Palm Beach International Airport, the Palm Beach County Convention Center, its connected 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach hotel and several other properties and cultural centers – to undergo a rigorous, 20-element training and implementation process while following consistent health and safety protocols.
In addition, The Palm Beaches Pledge is a unified promise from the destination’s tourism and hospitality community. Businesses throughout the destination commit to having all staff wear a facial covering in public spaces while encouraging patrons to do the same; creating and maintaining safe, six-foot buffers between ourselves and others; and keeping their place of business sanitized, according to CDC guidelines.
Outdoor, Open Spaces Enable Groups to Connect Safely at Venues that Inspire
The Palm Beaches fits the profile of destinations ideally suited to meet the new needs of meeting planners, with an emphasis on “meetings without walls.” This concept takes advantage of the destination’s wide-open spaces, including many new and reimagined outdoor venues, as well as perfect year-round weather. Furthermore, groups can rest assured they have a diversity of choices without the density you’d find in more congested areas thanks to vibrant, easily walkable meeting and entertainment districts, such as West Palm Beach’s Convention, Arts and Entertainment District, to the Bocawide Collection in Boca Raton.
Outdoor event spaces run the gamut from lush courtyards and waterfront terraces, to sweeping gardens, cultural institutions, and private yacht charters. All these elements make social distancing easy and beckon attendees to rejuvenate and stay inspired in between sessions.
Our many offsite venue options also provide a connection to The Palm Beaches’ breathtaking natural beauty and space to distance while still connecting. From the Convention Center’s newly redesigned SKYroom outdoor courtyard, to venues that connect attendees with our local wildlife (Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Manatee Lagoon), to downtown rooftop spaces, like the Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown and The Ben, safe & unforgettable experiences blend together seamlessly.
DTPB’s hotel partners are also pushing the envelope on innovation, with everything from UV technology-enabled sanitizing walkthrough arches and the ability to bring the outdoors in if inclement weather arises.
Financial Support Dollars and Special Offers Available
With up to $10 per room night available in financial support, and special hotel and meeting venue offers throughout The Palm Beaches, a local network of partners to add a local touch to your meeting, and a vast array of complimentary destination services, we are committed to helping you to find ways to keep costs low.
One way is through a pool of local talent known as Destination Champions, which comprise nationally acclaimed guest speakers and volunteers – all of whom are conveniently based in the destination. Destination Champions hail from various industries, including the destination’s most robust: Life Sciences, Information Technology, Agribusiness, Aviation/Aerospace/Engineering, Insurance/Financial Services, Marine Resources and Environmental Initiatives. This collective expertise, innovation and resources is part of what earned the county’s capital, West Palm Beach, the title of one of the 25 best U.S. cities to do business by Inc. magazine. (Learn more about The Palm Beaches’ thriving industries.)
To further support groups with cost-cutting measures, the sales and services teams are also equipped with the tools to customize local, immersive experiences for every taste and budget, while more than 200 diverse hotel products offer flexible, value-added promotions.
An Award-Winning Destination Sales & Services Team to Assist with Your In-Person, Hybrid, or Virtual Meetings
Beyond its commitment to safety, The Palm Beaches is prepared to host groups whether in-person, hybrid or virtually. Discover The Palm Beaches’ (DTPB) award-winning Group Sales and Destination Services teams have re-engineered programs and tools to support clients’ evolving needs.
When it comes to hosting hybrid and virtual events, DTPB’s sales and services teams leverage their sister agencies – including the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission – to offer the most cutting-edge technological support.
These tireless efforts by the sales and services teams and The Palm Beaches community have not gone unnoticed. In 2020, DTPB was named Best CVB/DMO in the Southeast by Northstar Meetings Group and earned Smart Meetings’ Platinum Choice Award. The accolades serve as humbling testaments to the teams’ high-quality service and personal approach as they assist clients through the next evolution of our industry.
Our team – and the whole community – look forward to welcoming you to The Palm Beaches in 2021, with Open Palms! Learn more about what your event will look like in The Palm Beaches when you connect with a member of our team!