Start Planning Your Corporate Holiday Party!

The holidays are right around the corner! Have you started planning your corporate holiday party? Holiday parties are a great way to show appreciation for your employees as well as give them a chance to socialize outside the office.

Westwinds Conference Center is the perfect location for your holiday soiree. Here are some tips to help you start planning!

1.       Choose a theme.
Themes set the mood for the evening and can be an ice breaker for company get-togethers.

2.       Raffle off door prizes.
Everyone loves to take home a prize! Raffle off a variety of large and small door prizes or make it a game! Create a group scavenger hunt to help encourage mingling among guests.

3.       Rent a photo booth.
Photobooths are a hit at any party and it provides a fun take home momento for guests!

4.       Book Entertainment.
DJs and live bands will keep the party upbeat and lively. Guests will be moving and grooving all night long!

Most importantly—have FUN! Corporate holiday parties are a great way to end the year on a high note with happy employees and good times!

For more information about booking Westwinds Conference Center for your holiday gathering, contact us at


Location, Location, Location



Westwinds Conference Center at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort offers the perfect combination of business and pleasure! Productivity and play combine to make your conference one to remember!

The number one reason people attend conferences is for content and professional development. The number two reason is location, location, location. When selecting your conference venue, it is important to consider what the area has to offer outside of the meeting space. Discover outdoor activities, restaurants and area attractions. Increase your attendance by turning your conference into a working vacation! Westwinds Conference Center is located on the Gulf side of the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. White sandy beaches and ocean waves are only steps away. Enjoy breakout sessions and seminars in the morning and end your day with your toes in the sand. The Sandestin Golf & Beach resort offers 3 award-winning public golf courses, 12 world-class HydroGrid clay and three hard tennis courts and miles of trails for walking or biking.

Eat, drink and be merry! You will find more than 20 restaurants within the resort. From breakfast to dinner and Florida coastal cuisine to authentic Mexican, a variety of dining options are available at your fingertips!

For attendees wanting to venture off resort, Silver Sands Premium Outlets offers 110 designer stores and is only 1.3 miles from the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Nature lovers can enjoy the day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (3.6 miles away). Explore 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall and three rare coastal dune lakes.

Make your conference one to remember at Westwinds Conference Center! It’s been said you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but we disagree! You can increase your attendance by turning your conference into a working vacation by choosing the right LOCATION!



Factors to Consider When Selecting a Conference Location and Venue

Are you planning a business conference or meeting? One of the most important task on the to-do list is deciding on a location and venue. The location and venue set the tone for your planned event. Here are a few tips to consider when making this important decision.

1.       Lodging Accommodations | It is important to consider lodging accommodations when selecting a venue. Suitable lodging accommodations should be available within a short distance of the event. If the event is not held within a hotel or center with lodging, try to make sure participants can stay within walking distance. If not, they will incur transportation costs.

2.       Facilities | The facility you choose has to meet your needs. Size matters! Make sure the space available suits your plans. From large gatherings to breakout sessions, all activities should take place in one central location. Seek a venue that will have everything you need for your conference or meeting—from tables and chairs to audiovisual equipment and microphones. Make sure the facility you choose is a one stop shop.

3.       Cost/ Price Flexibility | Breakdown your budget before you start looking for a venue. When discussing pricing with a potential venue, be upfront about budget constraints so everyone is on the same page. Don’t be afraid to negotiate! From offering to sign a multi-year contract to personalizing your conference package, there are ways to negotiate a price that best fits your budget!

4.       Availability | When securing dates for your conference with the venue, be sure to ask about availability to outside venues. For instance- if you book during peak season, you might have trouble booking activities or dinners outside of the conference space.

5.       Participant Experience | The venue and location of your event sets the mood for the week. Be sure to select a location and venue that guests will be excited to travel to. Will they be entertained outside of planned activities? Will they be attracted to attend your next event? It is important to consider their experience as a whole when deciding on a venue.

Westwinds Conference Center is happy to help you mark location and venue off your to-do list! Contact us today to start planning your event-!