Event Planning Experience Shared by Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts host many events every year, from private wedding receptions, corporate retreats, professional conferences, to PGA’s Byron Nelson Golf Tournaments. These events have different purposes and may request distinguished service or products. What Four Seasons do in creating that many impressive events? The answer is “combining beautiful designed settings, delicious food, and skilled event coordinators who keep all the elements moving smoothly and seamlessly.”

Four Seasons noticed today’s event planners prefer to have all function rooms on the same floor. Accordingly, the hotel “incorporated this layout concept” in a recently renovated property in London. This new floor plan provides a central area for mingling and socializing.

Another big change Four Seasons made is to create “rooms with views.” Such design not only brings more natural energy to function rooms, but also captures “the excitement of a big city or the beautiful landscapes of a remote resort. In addition, the flexibility of ballroom designs also maximizes a space’s versatility. Technology is crucial; the decors and space need to be “transformable” from serious business meetings to glamorous social occasions.

A well-designed work environment also influences staff members’ attitude. Four Seasons provide spacious locker rooms, changing facilities, and generous dining rooms for staff. Happy associates “share a warm, friendly manner with guests.”

Last but not least, it takes well-trained and professional event coordinators to bring the key elements together. They are the ones who “deliver a flawless event.”

Four Seasons’ case shows a great example of what event management entails --- functional facilities, quality of food, exceptional service, and professional event planners. How do you assess Four Seasons’ best practices in event planning?

References:
Picture of Four Seasons Hotel & Resort in Los Colinas TX* was downloaded from http://tinyurl.com/linchikwok09172010P
* For years, this property hires over 100 hospitality students from Texas Tech University every spring to help out with the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament.

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