Month: August 2013

Transportation Safety

We are proud to partner with the best transportation vendors throughout Colorado. Our transportation partners are always leading the charge with the latest technology and safety standards to make sure guests receive the most efficient drivers and service. Here are some of the ways our partners lead by example.

Safety Standards. 

Their fleet of charter buses regularly undergo extensive maintenance inspections including brakes, suspension and drivetrain systems, and heating and air-conditioning. The work is done in their own facility and critical parts are always replaced long before necessary.

They also receive approval from the Transportation Safety Exchange (TSX) for best-in-class safety practices. TSX is an independent rating organization that inspects, monitors and reports on the safety performance of motor carriers. TSX on-site reviews are supported by ongoing performance analysis, making TSX approval the standard of excellence. Our preferred partner is also Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Defense (DOD) approved, further assurance of their commitment to upholding the highest standards.

Vehicle Safety.  

Some of our newest coaches are equipped with leading technology including Electronic Stability Control, tire-pressure monitoring and an automatic fire-suppression system. Each coach also features DriveCam, a palm-sized video recorder that captures events both inside and outside the coach as an extra security measure. GPS tracking automatically records driver activity; dispatchers know the location of each coach at all times, and maintenance technicians are able to troubleshoot by computer. GPS further ensures fleet safety and also lets dispatchers react to last- minute schedule adjustments to assure a smooth trip.

Driver Assurance. 

Highly-experienced drivers go through an extensive, on-going training program that focuses on safety and also covers specialized skills including mountain driving and basic over-the-road maintenance.

All drivers adhere to all DOT hours-of-service rules as well as medical certification and licensing requirements. Our partners also invest in the latest safety technologies equipping its coaches with lane departure warning systems to further enhance driving policies and safety practices.

Arrow Stage Lines – www.arrowstagelines.com

Filed under: Meetings, Meetings and Events, Multi-day Conference, Special Events, Transportation

Transportation Entertainment

Whether it’s a direct transfer from the airport to hotel, drive to dinner or moving guests to an off-site venue for an event, here are some simple ways to engage guests and add a little fun!

 

Guest Entertainment. 

Most people would advise against picking up a hitchhiker or two along the way… we’re just the opposite, however, this isn’t your average hitchhiker!

Professional entertainer(s) will be dressed appropriately with cardboard sign and a life’s worth of supplies in just a backpack or two, stranded along a pre-determined point on the drive. Just when you think your driver is going to pass him by, the car starts slowing and comes to a stop… right next to the hitchhiker. Next thing you know the doors are opening and he’s jumping on board. A hush falls over the bus…

Not to worry, this entertainer will go along with the ruse for only so long before he breaks into a comedic act and has everything letting out a sigh of relief and sharing in the laughter. 

 

Knowledge Transfer.

Pass the drive time with some educational activities. Present guests with an educational handout about the destination, conference, company, etc. Show a DVD on the motorcoach televisions, provide a trivia sheet on the meeting or conference or even host a vehicle-driven SCANVenger hunt that takes passengers to city landmarks for brief site-seeing and ultimately leads guests to the final destination.

 

Filed under: Live Music and Entertainment, Transportation

Traveling Guest Amenities & Unique Transportation

Get started on the right foot. Make an instant impact with customized travel amenities or consider a unique mode of transportation.

Welcome/Transfer Gifts.

  • Logo’d Water – Make an instant impact by creating branded water bottle packaging with custom designed labels. Turn your favorite photo, company logo or digital artwork into a water bottle label that guests will see every time they reach for a refreshing drink. If you aren’t using bottled water, try reusable containers, which can easily be screened with a logo or event name. Guests will use these again and again and they come in numerous sizes and colors, making them easily customizable. $.75 to $9 each.
  • Sunscreen & Lip Balm – Colorado averages over 310 days of sunshine annually and has very low humidity, making it a great place to meet! Be sure your guests are protected during their stay and beyond with branded sunscreen and lip balm. Sunscreen can be chosen in the traditional lotion form or as a sunscreen stick in various SPF levels. Lip balm choices let you choose from basic to dozens of flavors and sizes. $1.50 to $5.00 each.
  • Custom Snack Tins – These personalized metal tins come filled with gourmet cookies, nuts, chocolates, snack mix and more much! Great as a welcome amenity upon arrival, guests can snack daily and have a great reminder of who to thank for their goodies during their stay and well beyond as the durable container is perfect to take along home and reuse over and over again. Custom tins range from $25 to $70 each depending on size and snack selection.

Unique Transportation – Dare to go Bold!

Unique Transportation for Guests AXS Group EventsFor smaller groups, consider alternative transportation methods that will ‘WOW’ guests and give them an incredibly unique experience. Open-Air Jeeps let guests breath in the fresh Colorado air and the gorgeous sights of the city, mountains and famous foothills. Stretch Hummer Limousines, Pedi Cabs maneuvered by experienced peddlers, a Denver Patio Bar and finally, the Banjo Billy Bus will give guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Denver Patio Bar is  multi-seated “barcycle” that is pedal-powered by its passengers.  Groups of up to 16 riders can fit on board for a sustainable and unique  experience.  A staff member is on board every tour serving as the host(ess) to steer, brake and guide the group to their destination or bar crawl.

The Banjo Billy Bus is an old school bus tricked out to look like a traveling hillbilly shack.  Hear ghost tales, crime stories and history while sitting on a couch, recliner or saddle as the bus rolls through the core of the cities.

Filed under: Creative Branding & Design, Meetings, Meetings and Events, Multi-day Conference, Transportation

New & Exciting in the Mile High City

This quick read gives you the highlights of a few of our favorite new restaurants and venues.  If you see something you like or want to discuss additional possibilities, call and use our creative and knowledgeable team as a resource.

Denver Events Restaurants AXS GroupAmbria – Chef/Owner Jeremy Kittelson masterfully showcases his contemporary American cuisine with the finest seasonal ingredients to create soulful, rustic dishes uniquely inspired by the philosophies of the Mediterranean Region.  On our first visit there, we enjoyed a sampling of small plates, mixing and matching to construct our own solid and varied meals from the simply categorized menu including numerous vegetable, meat and seafood options.  Ambria hosts both intimate gatherings and grand occasions. Private and semi-private event spaces from 14-48 and full buyouts are available.


District Meats
– In early December, Denver welcomed Charlie Palmer and District Meats to town in the hearts of the historic LoDo neighborhood.  In the spirit of the great American mid-century roadhouse, District Meats serves seriously fresh food in a casual “come one, come all” atmosphere to create a local source of convivial community, no matter where you’re from.  Drawing extensively from the surrounding Central Colorado food shed, Chef Jeff Russell offers modern favorites via an earthy, meat-centric menu partnered with a sensible wine and sprits menu.

History Colorado – Set to open in the spring of 2012, the new museum is designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history.  The museum offers a variety of special event spaces for intimate groups of 100 to larger gatherings of 500+. The gem of the museum, the Atrium, is a truly amazing  space that allows guests to dine under the stars with a full view of the night sky behind the glass sawtooth roof and dance on an incredibly beautiful terrazzo tile floor decorated with views from across Colorado.

Studio Loft – Situated above the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver’s Performing Arts Complex, The Studio Loft is a recently repurposed space offering 8,000sf of private event space with a cathedral ceiling, exposed brick, warm-colored walls and high windows letting in natural light.  The Studio Loft also houses a smaller ‘pre-functional’ room that includes a bar and its own private 14th street entrance. The Studio Loft can hold approximately 250-400 people and can be used for several types of events such as small black-box type performances, pre-theatre VIP parties, conferences, holiday celebrations and other gatherings.

Additional New Restaurants and Venues Worth Noting: 

  • Coohills  – French-inspired seasonal menu, with heavy American (particularly Californian) overtones
  • Paxia  – Elevates traditional Mexican cuisine, offering signature dishes with fresh authentic ingredients available
  • Clifford Still Museum – Celebrate the spirit of the Abstract Expressionist movement and the work of Clyfford Still
  • Studios at Overland Crossing – This historic warehouse has been repurposed into an open, two-story venue with large timbered ceilings providing a natural atmosphere within the event space
  • Emerson Mansion – Built in 1899, you’ll be amazed at how no detailed was spared in this quaint historic venue
Filed under: Destination Management, Multi-day Conference, Special Events