If someone asks what gives Portland its friendly yet quirky reputation, goats come to mind.
Portland was the epicenter of the pygmy goat yoga craze a few years back, and there’s a beloved community of 14 goats that is a must-see stop for locals and tourists alike. Of course, there’s a lot more to Portland than goats. Here are a few things we love about Portland, which makes it perfect as an incentive destination.
At SHW we love that our event-planning jobs take us all over the world! Recently we were in Mexico City for a medical research conference. As the fifth largest city in the world, Mexico City is a true melting pot of cultures with an endless variety of food, historical sites, and activities. Here are a few of our favorites.
John Ellard recently joined the SHW team as SVP of Creative & Production. Over the past 25 years, he’s worked on some amazing programs any event planner would love to be involved with: Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, and Microsoft Xbox events, as well as many concerts, brand activations, conferences, and expos.
SHW summer intern Jonny Sievert spent a few minutes talking with John about his work.
Whether you’re traveling or want to get out in your home city, team-building activities are a great way to get your staff out and about—and summer is prime season. Fast-paced race around the city? Relaxing day in the sun? There’s something for every organization! Here are some of our favorite outdoor team building exercises.
Anyone who’s traveled has knows the dreaded tourist traps. You know, the kind of place that’ll sell you an Eiffel Tower keychain for €15. Seattle, on the other hand – specifically our city’s centerpiece, Pike Place Market – couldn’t be further from this characterization.
SHW’s SVP, Sales and Marketing, Brett Robertson, shares his favorite Pike Place spots.
This month, one of our favorite travel destinations was Park City, Utah for a fun incentive trip with one of our clients. Not only is the town beautiful, but full of hidden gems and fun activities. While it’s famous for being the winter place to see and be seen on the slopes and at Sundance Film Festival, it’s also a blast in spring and summer. Here are a few of our favorite spots.
When a suspicious package forced SeaTac International Airport to shut down for a few hours May 6, SHW Event Manager Natalee Giamalis was prepping for the arrival of 95 guests to the airport on their way to Seattle for a program. The blueprint for a seamless experience has myriad unseen details and redundancies that are considered and organized – and hopefully never used. How do event planners like Natalee do it? Here are her top tips.
SHW SVP, Event Services Lorie Thomas’ love of travel has taken her places where food is a luxury. That stark world view has sharpened her determination to make a difference in how she does business every day, with sustainability and the customer in mind. Here, she lays out the top 10 ways you can reduce food waste to green, and save some green too.
Since the #MeToo movement began gaining momentum in October, people from all professions have shared stories of workplace harassment. Six months later, the topic is still top of mind, showing how far the issue reached. The events industry is no excpetion.
A lot goes into selecting the perfect meeting space. From location to style to contract clauses, knowing what details to look out can make or break the success of your next event. Here are the top 10 things we look for when looking at venues, from SHW's Senior Manager for Site Sourcing, Registration & Housing, Cheryl Barnet.
In our new, regular blog series, we’re helping you ditch the tourist traps and creating our own “unconventional” travel guide for one of the cities that we visited that month. We’re including our five favorite tips, tricks, restaurants, and more, that we discovered while onsite. In our inaugural post, we travelled to Sunny San Diego.
The idea of virtual reality isn’t entirely new; immersive flight simulators were used to train pilots as early as 1929. Now VR is becoming more accessible—and super popular. Here are three technologies, both up-and-coming and available now, that will make for an awesome event experience.
Adding charitable elements to your event is a great and easy way to pay it forward in the community where you hold your event.And while it can help engage your attendees and benefit your event overall, it can also make a positive impression on the community you’re visiting.
Why settle for just sitting around a table when you’re out with friends? These days, it’s getting easier to find a pub that’s more than talking and drinking. It makes sense too that this trend is getting so big. Americans spend more now on live experiences than they did in 1987, according to one study.
There’s a lot of moving parts that go into hosting holiday gatherings. There’s the food, music, drinks – and of course making sure everyone has a good time. Festive cocktails don’t have to be an extra thing on your plate that takes away time with family and friends.
The holiday season is coming up quickly, and there’s a lot of pressure to host a great party. You don’t have to stress though-- there’s still time to plan a holiday party that people will be talking about for years with some helpful tips from the pros here at SHW.
SHW partnered with TEDxSeattle for the first time this year because as event planners, we understand the power of an event when it’s done well. In fact, science proves that well-crafted events can alter our brain chemistry.
SHW partnered with TEDxSeattle for the first time this year. Our Senior Vice President for Event Services, Lorie Thomas, recognizes the shared values the volunteer group has with our team: passion and hard work. In our 39 years as a company, we’ve seen it over and over: that Passion + Hard Work = Magic.
On November 18, 2017 TEDxSeattle returns to McCaw Hall for an event that aims to spark thoughtful discussion and build community. This year, SHW is proud to partner with TEDxSeattle in support of our mutual value of bringing people together.
Fall is the busiest season for travel, and the busiest for corporate events. So our team has some tried and true tips for the travel season. We hope you find they will help you get you where you’re going with a little less stress.