It’s time for every event organizer’s favorite time of year- the fresh start of a new conference season! Meeting demand and booking pace is consistently on the upswing and 2016 will be no exception.

Much to the appreciation of planners everywhere, conference facilities are now becoming more flexible during on-site events. But what to do once you and your team are on-site? If you’re responsible for planning a conference or corporate meeting on your company’s behalf, consider these trends shaping today’s corporate events.

Location, Location, Location: A survey conducted by hospitality management company Destination Hotels & Resorts (DHR Survey) found that venue rates are no longer the clear-cut feature in determining which hotel to pick for a meeting. Instead, just like with real estate, location has become the top priority. More planners are incorporating cultural aspects of their destination into their meeting agendas (especially when it comes to hosting off-site outings, dinners, etc.) If possible, choose your venue by seeking a promising location first – then narrow down options based on rates and availability.

The Need for Speed: The DHR Survey also found that access to highly effective Wi-Fi is the #1 issue for planning professionals and conference attendees today. Business travelers want to stay connected now more than ever, and will now attend conferences with multiple wireless devices. A meeting space that can provide sufficient bandwidth and free, fast and reliable Wi-Fi capabilities is one you don’t want to overlook.

Distinctive Culinary Choices: It’s no surprise that the food and beverages served throughout a meeting is instrumental to its success. In fact, 74% of the 200 meeting planners surveyed said diverse culinary offerings are important when selecting a meeting venue. It’s not just having a variety of meal options that keeps attendees happy; an assortment of healthy choices (using locally-sourced ingredients) as well as selections for those with dietary restrictions (such as gluten-free and vegan) are also essential for meals and refreshment breaks.

Mind & Body Consciousness: Healthy menu selections are important, but attendees also want to get moving. Some centers offer creative exercise breaks in lieu of refreshment breaks to rejuvenate attendees between sessions. Consider offering a 15-minute yoga or mindful ‘boost’ session within your day’s conference schedule. Attendees want breaks that keep them energized for the day’s remaining sessions and post-conference events.

There’s an App for That: The mobile app trend isn’t going away any time soon. According to a recent Successful Meetings magazine article, meeting planners are tapping into the trend and setting up mobile apps specifically for corporate events. Innovative new apps help planners keep track of RSVPs and make checking into an event effortless. Mobile apps also allow attendees to keep track of the conference agenda and interact with other meeting-goers.