How to incorporate themes of well-being into a meeting or event
After observing guests’ increased interest in health and wellness, the team at the JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square was inspired to incorporate these elements into their meetings and events. The result is an exciting new Well-Being Meeting Package, which launched in July. “Nowadays, guests relentlessly seek ways to obtain an enriched lifestyle through de-stressing and health-giving means. We are answering this need with a holistic approach to the organization of meeting events for our guests,” says Jennifer Qin, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. “We incorporate a revitalizing workout, healthy cuisine and a body-and-mind soothing activity for meeting delegates to help them get through an otherwise mentally and physically taxing exercise.”
Best suited for small- to medium-sized groups, the day begins with a one-hour morning workout session that can include anything from full body stretches and basic yoga to specific body exercises, such as general toning or cardiovascular training. “Of course we will consider different guests’ physical condition,” Qin says. “We start with some simple workouts first.” In addition to awakening the body, these morning workouts awaken the mind. “It makes the meeting more interactive, arouses enthusiasm, generates more ideas and even creates an opportunity to connect with your colleagues,” she explains. After the workout, guests are given bright green resistance bands as takeaways to use at home or in their offices, encouraging balance of living in the future — and providing a permanent reminder of the day’s purpose, goals and achievements.
The Well-Being Meeting Package reverses the formal traditional meeting module. Throw in a dose of luster and spirit on the meeting agenda and give the participants an energetic welcome shot in the arm.
Following the exercise session, the program leads to a coffee break, featuring healthy dishes and ingredients perfect for a post-workout refuel. “We will use a lot of nutritious food and low-calorie ingredients,” Qin says. “For example, we use a lot of fresh fruits such as kiwifruit, grapefruit and Dragon fruit, which are rich in vitamins.” The hotel also serves coconut yogurt, which contains high levels of electrolytes like sodium, magnesium and potassium, and avocado yogurt, which provides heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats. For savories, they offer small whole-wheat sandwiches.
The morning agenda serves as the perfect gateway into a busy day filled with serious and productive meetings. “The Well-Being Meeting Package reverses the formal traditional meeting module,” Qin adds. “Throw in a dose of luster and spirit on the meeting agenda and give the participants an energetic welcome shot in the arm.” Of course, this well-being theme is continued throughout the day. For example, following the first batch of meetings, guests are offered 15-minute shoulder massages by trained therapists. “People need some refreshment in the afternoon,” Qin explains. “After a long meeting in the morning, it helps to rest their weary heads and recharge themselves. It will make the afternoon meeting more productive.”
The afternoon break also offers guests another chance to refuel, with a carefully thought-out lunch of fresh and high-quality dishes prepared by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Rene Oskam. “We have Western and Chinese menus to meet the guests’ different needs,” Qin says. “We also source from reliable local vendors for local ingredients. Less transportation equals less carbon emissions, as well as seasonal products.”
We incorporate a revitalizing workout, healthy cuisine and a body-and-mind soothing activity for meeting delegates to help them get through an otherwise mentally and physically taxing exercise.
These meetings not only fulfill guests’ needs for a balanced feeling, but they are mindful of one of the most valuable resources of all — time. “We do not arrange any activity at the end,” Qin explains. “Our Well-Being Meeting Package promotes efficiency, so that meetings can be finished on time.” Now what could be better than that?