The Return of the Executive Retreat

High level purposeful meetings, or “Executive Retreats”, fell out of favor a few years ago, and many came under scrutiny as a type of luxurious boondoggle.  But Executive Retreats had, and will continue to have one thing in common, and that is a meeting dealing with a specific goal. 

These goals have included such topics as defining strategies, creating budgets and company leadership direction, dealing with a crisis, and building a team.  With an improvement in the economy, retreats, even in a type of modified form, are back, as people are back to the business of doing business.

While Executive Retreats can be found at downtown or even airport hotel locations, placing a retreat at a beautiful, somewhat insulated or even isolated location, will make for a more productive event, and certainly a happier client event if that is the desire.  And at Paradise Point, San Diego’s conference destination, we are again seeing an increase in the number of retreats held this year.

The meeting content is serious.  And placing the meeting at an attractive location increases the attendance, and often times a spouse of family member will accompany the attendee.  And a San Diego hotel location such as Paradise Point produces an ideal combination of exceptional service, intimate surroundings, while near an airport for easy access.  A 44-acre island gives the feel of privacy, which is important as privacy encourages open dialogue and a greater sharing of ideas or vision.

And while Paradise Point features very attractive board rooms, not all retreats should be confined to a board room.  For instance, an executive retreat focusing on risk/reward might find a team-building event the perfect solution to inspire out-of-the-box thinking.  Interactive experiences, scavenger type hunts, off road racing, white water rafting, deep-sea fishing are all ideas that inspire teamwork, motivation and rapport building.

Today, as in the past, Executive Retreats bring people together.  The emphasis is goal oriented, with a clearly defined goal and purpose.  Paradise Point, the premier meeting venue in San Diego, provides the type of quality environment that allow people to “reconnect”, in a setting that focuses on every detail.  And with any meeting, making sure the end user has a return on their meeting investment dollar. 

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