Palm Springs is SoCal’s Meeting Oasis

Greater Palm Springs is literally an oasis set deep within Southern California’s Coachella Valley. Just like the music festival that rocks the desert each spring, Palm Springs is hip, lively and totally rocking; making it one of my fave meeting destinations! Whether hosting a secluded board retreat, a multi-day sales training or an incentive, this community of nine cities will not disappoint. The palm trees and bougainvillea alone are enough to keep me coming back. Add in world-class resorts, happening bar scenes, award-winning restaurants and nearly 300 days of warm sunshine, say no more! Your attendees will be begging you to book here again and again.

Palm Springs has all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and Scottsdale but none of the traffic nor noise. Here, wellness and relaxation are top of mind. Take full advantage of the beautiful scenery and plan as many activities, breaks and meals outside as possible. Your attendees will thank you!

Consider a mid-morning yoga break with vistas of the San Jacinto mountains to center your group or move your afternoon session out of doors and brainstorm poolside. Host a networking reception under stars amid a palm grove or up the ante with hiking excursions in the Indian Canyons.

This is not just the quiet enclave of the Hollywood elite. There is something here for everyone and every group that will dazzle and delight. Whether you need a downtown property or a spa and golf resort, Palm Springs has it! Check out the newly opened Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel recently named to the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List in 2018 for a downtown destination that will please.

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

The Riviera Palm Springs, A Tribute Portfolio Resort is always a top spot for groups featuring the valley’s second largest ballroom. This midcentury mainstay hotel evokes all the charm of ol’ Blue Eyes himself. Speaking of space, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa has over 230,000 square feet of it. The resort also has two championship golf courses along with a full-service spa, multiple tennis courts and pools. Relaunched in 2005, The Palm Springs Convention Center offers 261,000 square feet of meeting and event space with a fully carpeted exhibit hall making it a must-use facility.

Palm Springs Convention Center

Getting to Palm Springs couldn’t be easier or more enjoyable. Palm Springs International (PSP) offers a stress-free air travel experience with outdoor terminal walkways, fountains and landscaped grounds. Serviced by 11 airlines flying nonstop to 21 destinations, lift is not a major issue. The area is also accessible via Ontario International Airport (ONT), John Wayne Airport – Orange County (SNA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). US Interstate 10 runs through the valley making it easily accessible by car from all major Southwest cities as well.

Take it from me, Palm Springs is a vibrant meeting destination that deserves more than a second look. This place is a gem waiting to re-discover! Go ahead, embrace the oasis life and book your next meeting in Greater Palm Springs!

Amanda

Amanda brings nearly fifteen years’ experience in the meetings and events industry giving her significant working knowledge in event management plus unparalleled experience servicing and maintaining a strategic meetings management program. During her time in the industry, her responsibilities have ranged from logistical planning for corporate business meetings and high level advisory boards to managing the site selection process for both corporate and association clients. She has sourced a variety of programs, including incentives, roadshows, international meetings and citywide conventions. Prior to joining Cvent in 2010, Amanda worked as an in-house planner for a medium-sized association and a small training firm.  She holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University.

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