NOV 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 34 GOLF, RECREATION & RELATIONSHIPS themselves and develop skills that will teach them to learn to work together as a whole. Team- building exercises create opportunities for teams to develop and improve communication skills, time management and problem-solving skills," said Donna Holder, co-owner and founder of Historic Banning Mills in Whitesburg, Ga. "Team building has also been known to build trust and improve collaboration between groups. The more fun and exciting team building is, the more employees are engaged and willing to participate in the activities." In today's fast-paced world, teamwork is more important than ever and it's easy to see why so many planners are ensuring their events incorporate challenging and thrilling team-building adventures. Here are some fun opportunities to help you plan your next team- building activities within corporate retreats, conferences and other events. Beachfront Team Building The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa offers an "innovative approach" to team building, according to Jones. "For example, our Beach Olympics requires teams of equal members to compete in events such as beach volleyball, tug of war, raft race, three-legged race, water balloon toss and more. Also, our recreation staff can help you make the most of our stellar beachfront location by helping you plan fun outdoor group activities, such as a customized golf, tennis or fishing tournament." At the fashionable W South Beach, groups can take advantage of the hotel's oceanfront location for a selection of teambuilding activities, including an organized Beach Olympics by Boucher Brothers, the hotel's beach operator. Groups can also participate in a beach boot camp class led by celebrity fitness trainer Simone Cavalletti, play a round of basketball or tennis on the rooftop SWISH & SWING courts or ride the boardwalk on a Martone bicycle, available for complimentary use. Waterfront Team Building BBQ Donut Boat Party: "With the Tarpon Point Marina just steps from the resort, water sports and team-building activities are very popular among groups," said Michele Frank, director of sales and marketing at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. "The BBQ Donut Boats are a great way to sightsee Florida's natural wildlife, get to know one another through ice breakers and fun games or simply relax and enjoy a cookout-style experience in a unique setting." Build-a-Boat Activity Set on 16 secluded acres of South Florida's largest private beach, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa offers a unique build-a-boat activity for groups and meetings. "It is a fun team-building break for corporate retreats and also a great ice breaker. The challenge is to build the 'ultimate sailing vessel' from various supplies, with two designated team members sailing the team's boat in a race while using caution to protect the precious cargo, the egg. Teams are judged in different categories such as team organization, fastest racing time, safety of the egg and team spirit. At Marriott Harbor Beach, unique activities for meetings and groups range from beach Olympics to beach tennis to build-a-boat or sand sculpting. Guests love being in a South Florida environment and participating in team activities right on the beach," said Kamiya Woodard, director of recreation. Nature-Inspired Team Building at Banning Mills Team building on the Zip-line Canopy Course "will get the group out of their cubicles," said Holder. Banning Mills will break the group into smaller groups depending on number of participants. The groups then go out onto the zip-line canopy tours, but at different points on the course, scenarios are set up that the groups must complete. The scenarios focus on building communication skills, problem solving together and working as a team. Each group competes with the other groups on the course and the group that completes the most scenarios in the shortest time is the winner. "Team building on the Screaming Eagle [the world's longest zip-line course] is a bit more competitive than a traditional team-building course but we have found the competition, as a group function, helps increase the participants willingness to work together in all areas as well as making the day lots of fun and building self-confidence," Holder said. PINSTACK Hockey Rooftop SWISH & SWING courts at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

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