One trend that seems to be here to stay in the meetings and events industry is making sure venues, destinations and gatherings are respectful to the environment and the animals that also occupy our planet. Here are some examples from U.S. Mountain West properties that are part of Teneo Hospitality Group

The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, is comprised of 37,000 acres of hills, woodlands and rivers ideal for team-building and special adventure programs. The property has teamed up with local ranchers, hoteliers, conservationists, and state and federal wildlife agencies to make sure waterways are clear and brimming with trout. 

Employees at Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, Colorado, regularly volunteer to clean the nearby Eagle River, local highways and mountain bike trails. The resort also helps employees to reduce their carbon footprint by providing bus passes, car pool coordination and housing within walking distance of the hotel.

Groups staying at Garden of the Gods Collection in Colorado Springs, Colorado, can experience the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center or the 200-acre Elk Glade Ranch, where participants can gain courage and confidence through the science of equine therapy by riding horses and driving cattle.

This summer, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is debuting $25 million in expansions. The new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge features a central gathering building, communal outdoor fire pits and more than 50 two-bedroom cabins. Also, the lodge recently introduced new Glacier Point at Sunset Tours that run from May through September and combine the expert knowledge of a local guide with the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Groups can enjoy wine, cheese and crackers or their own picnic dinner while enjoying the alpenglow.

 

Originally built in 1927 and located in Death Valley National Park, the mission-style Inn at Death Valley celebrated its $100 million transformation with a grand reopening celebration in November 2018. The property, owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, the new Tranquility Spa, and a spring-fed pool bordered by a new café and cabanas. Twenty-two one-bedroom casitas have been added along with Mission Gardens, a prime location for outdoor events.

 

The Josie Hotel, a ski-in/ski-out boutique property in Rossland, British Columbia, opened its doors in November at the base of RED Mountain Resort’s slopes. The 106-room property, named after one of the town’s most notable mines, Josie Mine, also is located along Canada’s world-renowned Powder Highway in the heart of the West Kootenays. Key amenities include more than 1,500 square feet of function space, a spa (opening winter 2019) and fitness center, and The Velvet Restaurant & Lounge.