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  • It’s All About Transportation

Removing worries about getting from point A to B gives attendees the mental space to make great things happen.

A major factor in any successful meeting is providing attendees the mental space to truly absorb and soak in key messages, communicate and bond with colleagues, and experience your organization’s culture in the different context of another site. It’s from this simplicity and ease that great things happen—which is how planners and leaders leverage their events into gains that can carry throughout the year.

Of course, there’s also a flip side: meetings can often turn into a series of hassles, especially when it comes to transportation. Many of us have horror stories of meetings that turned into ordeals before the first official session, with attendees getting lost on side roads in their rental cars or navigating complicated transit systems after long flights. In addition, many event planners cite the ballooning expense of travel—both getting to a meeting city and then making it to the meeting site—as a major challenge that can bite into budgets better spent in other areas.

Leadership at the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau is constantly tracking the best transportation offerings in order to empower planners to make the absolute most of their events—whether their company or organization is visiting for the first time or they make the Twin Cities their primary meeting spot throughout the year.

Visitors from around the world appreciate the ease and access of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the inside of which often feels like a well-run small town in its own right, with dining, shopping, art and efficient services for travelers of all kinds. For companies bringing together employees from around the country, MSP Airport’s central location between the coasts and ample slate of daily flights from every major U.S. destination offers convenience and, more often than not, cost-saving opportunities.

But there’s more to a successful meeting than convincing your people to jump on a plane, however nice the airport. Once your attendees arrive at MSP Airport, they can opt to skip the car rental by using the Twin Cities’ safe, easy and reliable Metro Transit Light Rail—which is marked by clear signage at the airport, and is mere minutes from Bloomington hotels and attractions such as the ever-popular Mall of America®. The light rail system also offers easy and convenient service to the bustling downtowns of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul, though many visitors opt to avail themselves of the dining, shopping and attractions close at hand in Bloomington. For those with busy meeting schedules, short walks or car rides from Bloomington hotels to Mall of America make for convenient diversions, and some even hold meetings at the Mall itself.

A range of transportation options are always close at hand to help visitors experience the entire metro area during their stay. Uber and Lyft are available around the clock (with a dedicated pick-up space at MSP Airport), and car sharing services and an advanced network of electric car charging stations round out the options to meet the specific needs of your group.

Event planners know that worrying about transportation cuts into the focus, productivity and the enjoyment they’re tasked with providing—and Bloomington gives them the power to maximize meetings by offering solutions of every kind.

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