Teneo Team giving back in Minneapolis

Coming Together by Giving Back
Building Relationships through Corporate Giving

Deck the halls, trim the tree, organize a company party and make sure that the plans for next year’s conferences are as carefully laid as the holiday banquet table. ‘Tis the season for meeting planners to be busy with celebrations, and a time when companies make their most generous charitable donations to national and local charities.

At Teneo Hospitality Group, we believe that giving back in the spirit of the holidays is certainly appropriate and can greatly benefit the company who is giving, even more than the recipient. Apart from being its own reward, corporate social outreach can raise a company’s profile, attract positive media and investor attention, enhance teamwork and build bridges between management, employees and the local community.

We believe that an innovative, well-planned social engagement program can do all this and much more. In fact, corporate giving is such a valuable tool, we have made it an integral part of our business model and a year ‘round effort. Our business is built on developing relationships between meeting planners and our hotel and DMC members who serve them. Our charitable outreach is designed to bring those groups together through a series of interactive events.

We host nearly 20 events per year in locations across the US and Latin America. Local meeting planners are invited to meet and network with Teneo member Hotel and DMC representatives. There’s great food, entertainment and a chance to help a local charity while networking at the same time. Since most of our charities are geared toward helping children in need, we designed back-to-school events, where we purchased backpacks and filled them with needed school supplies. These included pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, and paper. Planners are given a backpack to fill and go to each table, where they connect with a hotelier who then adds an item to the backpack until all backpacks are filled. It’s simple, fun and effective.

In some cases, instead of giving school supplies, we provided toiletries or pairs of shoes for children at local homeless shelters.

Most companies cannot donate millions of dollars. But we can create cost-effective programs that benefit local communities in a targeted and meaningful way, while involving our employees and clients.

This year, our programs have benefited at risk children in numerous US cities. Charities included Covenant House, Special Olympics and several local shelters and clothing programs for children in need. At our recent Summit in Puerto Vallarta, we contributed backpacks filled with necessities to two local charities that aid children.

The backpacks are both attractive and practical, and their contents are greatly appreciated. We donated 100 pairs of shoes to the St. Anthony Free Clothing Program in San Francisco – just in time for the kids’ return to school.

Our clients agree that these events are unique – and fun. “My personal award for Most Creative and Thoughtful Charity Event,” wrote one meeting planner. Said another, “I loved being part of something bigger in giving back to the community.”

In the New Year, we hope to expand our programs and partnerships, bringing more meeting professionals and Teneo members together, helping disadvantaged kids and leaving something meaningful behind in each place we visit.

About Teneo Hospitality Group

Teneo Hospitality Group is a leading professional group sales organization, representing over 300 hotels, resorts and destination management companies (DMCs) worldwide. Learn more about Teneo Hospitality Group.

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Teneo’s 2016 Summit

We took great consideration while choosing Circle of Success to be the theme of our Summit this year. As we prepared for our Summit, we wanted to keep the Circle of Success elements – Relationships, ROI, Trends, Education, Leadership, Technology, Networking, Negotiation, Opportunity – in mind in all the sessions, speakers, events, and activities that we scheduled.

Over the course of three days, we learned from some of the top speakers and leaders in our industry. With 115 of our top clients, and 55 hotel and DMC members in attendance, the ability to network and the knowledge you gain from fellow attendees is invaluable. Plus, the ability to take part in the hosted buyer 1 on 1 appointments allows attendees to network in an exclusive, private setting where relationships are formed and strengthened.

With a strong focus on education throughout our Summit, attendees were approved for 4.5 CE credits. We understand the importance of applying the knowledge gained towards attendees’ professional development.

5 Great Takeaways from our Summit

  1. By incorporating a charitable contribution element to your events, it sets the tone for teamwork and relationship building.
  2. With help of our keynote speaker, Laura Schwartz, we know to always find the networking power of every social event that you attend. Therefore, attendees could use each meal function, session and activity for networking between the industry’s top meeting planners, hoteliers, and Teneo sales professionals.
  3. All attendees left with key industry and F&B trends that are effecting the current meeting planning process.
  4. Via Scott Friedman – Always use humor in the work place. By doing so, we found that we can enjoy work more than ever before with the right tools to create a positive culture and team.
  5. Our industry debate panel showed us that viewpoints can be challenged, but one of the most important take-aways was that teamwork always leads to the best possible outcome.

Our host hotel, Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, thought of every single aspect that makes an incredible and memorable event, and everyone was blown away. Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive hit it out of the park at our Friday night dinner with entertainment, delicious food, and finishing the night off by lighting up the sky for us with an amazing firework display. Our transportation and activities could not have gone more smoothly thanks to our host hotel, our fabulous DMC member, Terramar (a member of The DMC Network), and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board.

We hope that you join us in 2017 as we’ll continue to set the bar high and create unique opportunities for our members and clients to maintain that Circle of Success we so strongly believe in!


For more event information please call Carolina Lorenz at 612-568-3924 or email Carolina.Lorenz@Teneohg.com

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Teneo Hospitality Group Gives Back to Children in Need

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