Los Angeles Business Journal

Los Angeles Business Journal Staff

Fun Fare

Kickball tournaments, bounce houses, scavenger hunts. Sounds like activities at a child’s birthday party? Yes, but these are also some of the special activities available to corporate clients holding events at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry.

Robert Nelson, Pacific Palms’ managing director, said that corporate retreat bookings, which constitute most of the hotel’s business, have been slow due to the lagging economy. But since the resort started offering the activities in the Jump Start 2009 Package, interest in the corporate retreats have skyrocketed, with 1,000 inquiries in the past month. In February, there were only 30 inquiries.

Special team-building activities also include a giant Scrabble game and an “Iron Chef”-style lunch competition.

“Everyone is looking for a way to start 2009 fresh after a challenging 2008,” Nelson said. “We’ve put together a cost-effective package that allows our corporate clients to do strategic planning and team building. They will do the work that needs to be done, but at the end they’ll leave with a supercharged attitude.”

The package includes meeting space, rooms for one night, food and either a cocktail reception or one of the special group activities for $239 per person.

Staff reporter Maya Meinert can be reached at mmeinert@labusinessjournal.com or at (323) 549-5225, ext. 228.


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