On July 14 and 15 Summit Team Building and Blue Mountain resorts partnered together to offer a unique FAM tour. For those of you that are not familiar with what a Fam tour is it is a short form term for Familiarization tour. Hotel, meeting, conference and resort properties frequently invite event planners and potential clients for a FAM tour. Essentially this is a showcase or a sales presentation. The idea is to provide the participant with all the information they need to book the facility for a future meeting or event, and to build a relationship which is the first and most important step in the sales process.
Together Summit and Blue Mountain designed a FAM that was fun, engaging and educational. 26 participants arrived on the Thursday for a beautiful reception and dinner in the village Conference Centre Atrium. This beautiful space with massive windows and a comfortable patio was set with stunning table décor and the locally inspired meal was tasty and unique. After dinner the group retired to the Silver Creek Room for desert and to be entertained by Scott Kress and his Learning in Thin Air Keynote.
This gripping presentation motivated the group for an early morning hike up Blue Mountain the next morning. Setting off at 6:30 am the group hiked the Village Way trail winding through the beautiful forested hills of Blue Mountain to the top of the Niagara Escarpment. A fun and unexpected surprise was to meet over 300 participants of the annual meeting of the fitness group November Project. They welcomed us into their group as we all walked back to the base of the mountain together. Truly inspiring!
After that we started with an amazing breakfast then kicked off the morning with some team development exercises. At Summit we view team development as the training oriented workshops that help teams and individuals perform at a higher level based on a better understanding of the tools, strategy and theory behind high performance. The group would need this warm-up as they were about to embark on a custom designed Blue Mountain Quest.
The Blue Mountain Quest is one of the unique and custom team building programs Summit has designed for Blue Mountain. This scavenger hunt based program puts the groups into smaller competitive teams and challenges them to find various locations on the property, to complete strategic team challenges, and to capture it all with creative photos. In this case we replaced the standard FAM walk about with a Blue Mountain Quest designed to take the group to over 15 different locations on the resort property where they would meet Blue Mountain team members including the Head Chef, Conference Services Manger, AV Technicians, and see the various accommodation rooms, meeting rooms, dining venues, and recreation and team building attractions along the way.
The Quest ended with a ride up the gondola to the top of the escarpment for a lunch with a beautiful view. A great time was had by all and this new and improved FAM tour was deemed to be a winner!
Feeling left out? Don’t worry, this was not the last of the Blue Mountain Summit FAM Tours. We will be hosting similar events a few times a year. Keep in touch to learn of our next dates.