PAX has returned from five days in Palm Springs, CA with the Ensemble Travel Group, as its annual conference took place Oct. 26-29.
The well-organized event brought together nearly 1,000 members and preferred partners, and everyone we spoke with shared rave reviews of the conference's execution.
Here are a few tools we found notable:
1. Attendees could download an app from iTunes, ETG Conf, which was a useful tool aggregating the names of speakers and attendees. It also offered direct access to the agenda, with the ability to bookmark certain activities, and hosted other pertinent event information – for example, dress code suggestions per event. Built with CrowdCompass by Cvent, the app proved useful throughout the conference and indicates Ensemble’s dedication to keeping on-trend with the latest in technological tools.
2. Each attendee was given a card with a QR code on it, which could be scanned by other members and information documented within the Ensemble app. With each scan, you could also add notes to the person’s file as a reminder of what information to follow up with them about. This should be the way of the future in exchanging information at conferences, saving the hassle of sorting through an endless stack of traditional business cards and keeping things organized in a very simple manner.
3. Everyone was given a pedometer which they could register at the beginning of the conference. As the event took place between two properties – The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa and The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa – steps really added up. Upon the conference's closing, those who took the top number of steps were awarded with a gift. In the end, more than three million steps were recorded over the five days.