After a year of social distancing and virtual meetings, now is the moment to get back to business – and no destination is more ready than Monterey County. With strategic preparation and forward vision, the County has been planning and implementing health and safety protocols this past year in anticipation of the return of in-person meetings.
With a plethora of unique meeting spaces that pair with sweeping shorelines and breathtaking valley vistas, Monterey County is ready-made for inspiration. With a long history of hosting and inspiring ambitious thinkers and events - like the world’s first music festival, the first TED Talk, and even the first Macintosh computer. Monterey County’s unique blend of natural beauty and legacy of innovation are proven to create collaborative breakthroughs.
Enhanced Safety Protocols
Monterey County was recently recognized as one of the “best destinations for safe meetings” by Destination Analysts, who conducted a survey with 500 meeting planners. The recognition follows forward-thinking moves over the past year by the local hospitality community to pursue industry certifications, implement hybrid meeting technology and update facilities with health and safety in mind.
Among the steps put in motion over the past year, multiple Monterey County properties have secured the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation. To date, Monterey Conference Center, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa and Carmel Valley Ranch have earned this industry gold standard.
Variety of Venue Options
With more than 220 lodging facilities, over 12,000 hotel rooms, and a variety of venue options that can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 3,000 people, Monterey County provides an abundance of diverse offerings that few destinations can match. From unique outdoor locations, small-scale offsite venues or the state-of-the-art Monterey Conference Center, there is a space and setting for any group.
Renovations & Re-openings
In addition to health and safety certifications, multiple hotels have undergone extensive renovations in recent months to better serve guests. Located amid 22 secluded acres of the Del Monte Golf Course, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa’s multi-million-dollar renovation includes a redesigned lobby and guest rooms, two new shop/dining spaces, and areas that blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. The property also launched rapid COVID-19 testing onsite and appointed a Hygiene and Wellbeing Champion to oversee health and sanitation efforts.
Pebble Beach Company recently reopened The Hay, a Tiger Woods designed short course that includes nine par-3 holes and a 20,000-square-foot putting course. The Hay features the resort’s largest patio, with breathtaking views of the new course, Carmel Bay and Point Lobos.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium recently welcomed back guests for the first time since March 2020 and will host live events starting August 15, 2021. The Aquarium is also offering exclusive digital events that infuse the inspiration of Monterey Bay’s wildlife into virtual meetings to keep employees and clients engaged and inspired.
Book Now Promotion
Now is the moment. Book and host your meeting by December 30, 2021 and Monterey County CVB will offset the cost of a hybrid meeting or offsite event.*
Contact the Monterey County CVB to learn more: [email protected]