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Bringing a Fresh Dynamic to Meetings

Fort Lauderdale (Weston), Florida, July 2, 2014  - Attached to their iPads, addicted to Apps, eyes riveted on the screen of a smart phone - today's meeting goers are online and on target. Goal-oriented and largely self-sufficient, thanks to their high tech tools, they are no longer  enticed or energized by teambuilding exercises that rely on dated cultural references and obsolete technology.  At the newly renovated Bonaventure Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resort® located in Weston near Fort Lauderdale, this latest challenge is being met with a new partnership that combines the resort's exceptional facilities and unique natural environment with creative innovations and trending technology provided by Koncept Events. With offices at the 23-acre,  lushly foliaged resort, Koncept Events brings customized, interactive experiences that range from a high-tech scavenger hunt to an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades. 

"What is trending today is different from even five years ago," says Hillary Smith, CMP, CSEP Partner at Koncept Events. "Meeting planners and management demand productive, relevant and innovative team building platforms. We must evolve with our attendees in order to capture their attention and get the results that the organization is investing in and counting on," Smith asserts. Koncept Events at Bonaventure Resort & Spa achieves this by incorporating smart phones and iPads and playing off current plots in news, movies and TV. "With all the clutter we see on social media and the Internet, we need to continuously raise the bar with new concepts that seize and sustain the attention of our over-stimulated attendees."  

"Bonaventure Resort & Spa selected Koncept Events as our destination management and teambuilding partner because we wanted to provide educational and event specialty services on site to our group clients," said Chas Reece, general manager of Bonaventure.  "These include event design & décor, tours & excursions, spouse programs, offsite venues, dine-arounds, customized teambuilding, product launches & activations, and more!" 

With 500 guestrooms, 80,000 sq. ft. of exceptional indoor and outdoor conference space, a golf course and four swimming pools, as well as an acclaimed spa and fitness center, Bonaventure Resort & Spa is the ideal venue and Koncept the perfect partner to facilitate productive meeting programs.

The spacious resort grounds are ideal for team competitions, cooking contests, games and slot car racing. The latter, Smith notes, is a highly successful cocktail party icebreaker that keeps participants engaged and excited through an entire evening, racing automated cars about the size of an iPad, in a NASCAR-like competition. 

Golf carts and bicycles can be used for everything from scavenger hunts and competitions to tours of the Everglades. The Bonaventure is set at the edge of these unique wetlands and they provide exceptional resources to the resort that include special spa treatments, also available to meeting guests, which utilize plants and botanicals similar to those found in the Everglades. 

"Bonaventure's secluded location is perfect for retreats," says Mr. Reece. "We're on the edge of the world's largest wetlands, teeming with plant and animal life you won't find anywhere else on the planet. The possibilities are limitless."  

Bonaventure Resort and Koncept Events together offer planners the opportunity to customize their meetings' teambuilding with an eye to value and the specific needs of a particular group. Programs can be designed to appeal to a group's social, intellectual and physical interests from problem solving and teambuilding to sports and charitable activities, such as helping to rebuild the Everglades' eco-system. 

Bonaventure Resort & Spa provides a highly convenient and efficient one-stop shopping experience where planners can negotiate with the resort and purchase an entire per person meeting package that covers accommodations, meals, conference space, conference concierge support, basic technology -- as well as teambuilding through their partner Koncept Events.  Through this unique relationship, Bonaventure Resort & Spa helps clients achieve their goals, objectives and overall vision-doing so on budget.  Bonaventure and Koncept offer the highest caliber events and work closely together, thriving on idea-sharing and brainstorming. Chas Reese concluded with, "The goal is to have a lasting experience that will stay with the group attendee forever.  This unique partnership helps this happen on a regular basis."

About Bonaventure Resort & Spa

Situated in the heart of the affluent Fort Lauderdale neighborhood of Weston, Florida, Bonaventure Resort & Spa delivers an unparalleled resort experience that offers guests well-appointed accommodations, gourmet culinary options and a world-class spa. The AAA Four Diamond Resort, which became part of Benchmark Hospitality International's portfolio of hotels and resorts in September 2012, features 500 spacious guestrooms and suites, four swimming pools, fitness center, the full service aLaya Spa, a championship PGA golf course and multiple dining options, including the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond Ireland's Steakhouse.  Conveniently located just west of Greater Fort Lauderdale, the resort is just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport and offers guests easy access to area attractions, including the Sawgrass Mills Mall, Florida Everglades eco-adventures,  and the BB&T Center home of NHL hockey, concerts and events , as well as nearby beaches. For more information or reservations, please visit www.BonaventureResortandSpa.com, "Like" us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @BonaventureFL. 

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests' needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

Contact: Ken Ellens - KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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