With groups and meeting planners on a constant quest to integrate experiences that provide a taste of the region, JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa has 150 types of tequila and a variety of program offerings incorporating the spirit. After taking part in the Tequila Infusion Class for groups of 10-60 and led by the resort’s tequila master, participants leave with an appreciation for the differences between Reposado, Anejo and Blanco and a 9-ounce bottle of their own tequila concoction using a wide range of infusion ingredients. 

 A tequila education station at a reception for up to 500 also can be offered for one-on-one conversations with the tequila master and tastings, as well as a margarita mixology station where guests can help blend their favorite tequilas and mixers. All hotel guests can take part in the complimentary nightly tequila toast on Salud Terrace to watch the sun set and hear about the legend of Arriba, Abajo.  

Salt Lake City, Denver and Boise are three shining examples from the U.S. Mountain West.

 

Planning trips that are distinct can help inspire top performances and loyalty. Grand American Adventures, which specializes in small group excursions for 35- to 65-yearolds, has launched a series of in-depth, guided tours in the Mountain West that also can work well for incentive trips. The excursions feature an element of luxury and accommodations in upscale boutique lodges, ranches, yurts and cabins.

 

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.