Northstar's annual Destination West, held June 6-8 in Denver, began with a surprise: In Colorado, masks are no longer required indoors or out for those who are vaccinated. Thus, the pictures below show many of the 108 meeting professionals who joined us at the newly renovated Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel with their faces uncovered and big smiles finally visible once again.
We still observed many health-safety protocols: All participants and staff had their temperatures checked daily and wore Volan Technology devices in order to conduct contact-tracing; participants' health credentials were managed securely by SafeAcess; and tables in the meeting rooms for the education and the hosted-buyer appointments were strategically spaced. Our post-event statistics show that a healthy 89 percent of the participants had been fully vaccinated and 11 percent were tested before attending the event.
In addition to our wonderful host property, Destination West was supported by a number of generous sponsors: Visit Denver, the Hyatts of Denver, Aventri, International Gifting Co., Imprint Group, Presidential Worldwide Transportation, PC/Nametag and Delta Air Lines.
Northstar Meetings Group will hold a full slate of in-person events this year. Planners and suppliers can register their interest in attending upcoming meetings at any time.
We invite you to view, download and share photos from the Destination West Photo Gallery, with credit to photographer Ketara Gadahn / Studio Alani. (Please tag @studioalaniphoto on Instagram or Facebook, and Ketara Gadahn on LinkedIn.)
Following are highlights from Destination West 2021.