According to American Express’ 2018 Global Meetings and Events forecast, hoteliers are predicting a 4% increase in demand for nontraditional and experiential meeting facilities, which often means smaller meeting spaces.

Meeting and event planning industry association Meeting Professionals International defines an experiential meeting as one designed with participant engagement at the forefront, not just focusing on the logistics, like menus, tech needs and room setup, offering an opportunity to create lasting impressions

Montreal’s Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is one hotel that has undergone a C$140 million (US$110.6 million) renovation, removing 32 guest rooms and increasing the meeting and convention footprint including 13 smaller meeting spaces, with themes and novelties such as a pingpong table that converts to a meeting table, and a “Dr. Strangelove” board meeting space with a circular table and a series of video screens that curve 180 degrees around the room

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