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Corporate Teambuilding Popular with Conference Clients at JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa

Travel News Asia 11 September 2002

Since its inception in March following the grand opening of JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa, the corporate teambuilding program has become very popular with conference clients. 

The program is run by Sean Panton, the resort's high energy Director of Tennis and Recreation, together with his Recreation team. Sean, also a member of the Peter Burwash International (PBI) network of recreation professionals, has been conducting teambuilding programs for more than seven years and developed a range of programs especially for the resort. "The main objective is to provide an action learning experience exemplifying ideal team characteristics such as leadership, decision making, planning, allocation of human resources and a commitment to communication as the foundation for an effective performance," Sean said.

Programs are flexible and can be varied according to client's specific goals or theme, and the time they wish to allocate within the conference. A range of activities designed to focus on teamwork through specific problem solving exercises also evoke feelings of thought, anticipation, fear, anxiety, fun, happiness and laughter, while helping to break down barriers and build confidence. 

Teambuilding is an excellent way to introduce an educational, fun-filled activity into a conference program and often is the highlight of the conference. Participants are required to co-operate and share resources to succeed, which also provides opportunities for building trust, tolerance and understanding that can then be used in both professional and personal situations.

In addition to the teambuilding programs, the resort offers a range of health and lifestyle sessions for conference clients including Mini-Olympics, Yoga, Meditation, Aerobics, Aqua Aerobics and Tennis tournaments. The resort's wide range of activities for guests can also be adapted for a conference group, for example, cultural learning (Thai Boxing, Thai Dancing, Thai Cooking, Thai language, Batik Making, Introduction to Buddhism etc).

Optional additions include refreshment breaks, a video recording of the event, personalized souvenirs with the client's name or conference theme printed on caps, t-shirts, trophies, notepads, etc. Photographs are a must for the in house newsletter as a reminder of a great event, A complimentary post evaluation digital presentation is offered free of charge.

Jerry Phelps, resort General Manager recently brought his Sales and Marketing Team from Bangkok to Phuket and did the program together with the resort based Events and Operational teams. "In addition to being highly entertaining, it enabled everyone to get to know each other better and on a more personal level. Additionally it enabled our sales team to personally experience what they can offer our clients - something a little different. It also further enhanced the communication and relationship aspects that are especially important with the majority of our sales force being based off property," Jerry added.

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