"Meetings shouldn't be dull," argues Merino, whose 164-room hotel hosts meetings in its 1,000-square-foot "Events & Games Studio," which includes beanbag seating, a Ping-Pong table, a Sony PlayStation, and board games.
San Francisco's Hotel Zephyr (pictured above) has similar offerings that it uses to lure Millennials from nearby Silicon Valley: The Yard, an 8,000-square-foot outdoor event space that includes a full-sized shuffleboard court, a life-sized Jenga game, and a giant Connect Four board, and the Game Room, a 1,610-square-foot indoor event space that features a pool table and Ping-Pong."Our games … have been the most popular amenity we offer to group meetings," says Jill Plemons, director of sales and marketing at Hotel Zephyr.
The activities that take place inside them should be as fun as the meeting spaces, according to Alex Spektor, general manager at INNSIDE New York, which has a "Creative Meeting Room" that includes a fully stocked mini bar with beverages and snacks, as well as various toys like Rubik's cubes, a ukulele, miniature basketball games, and yo-yos. "We recently hosted a tech company for a three-day session," he says. "On the last day of the session we wanted to offer the group something fun to end their meeting with, so we installed a selfie booth that the attendees could use to take photos with their colleagues. It was the perfect conclusion to their conference."
And if your venue isn't fun, your destination should be. "[Millennials] are more likely to take advantage of a great situation than put out the monies to create one -- so the destination and everything that entails better be great," insists Morris, who says it's important to choose a venue that's located near notable attractions, nightlife, and restaurants, all of which add to a meeting's fun factor.
Finally, there's food. That has to be fun, too, according to Morris. "Believe it or not, boring food sets an overall boring tone for the entire event," she continues. "We've addressed this concern by bringing in elite chefs from some of the most prestigious restaurants from around the country. Chefs Adam Crisafulli, James Miller, and William Minard are dedicated to serving restaurant-style food at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. They've reworked and revamped the catering menus to offer locally sourced, sustainable options that appeal to the Millennial crowds."