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Call upon the expertise of our dedicated Meeting Services specialists who thrive on creating pitch-perfect events of any scale.

Impact Experiences

A memorable and enriching stay can extend well beyond our hotels. That’s why The Ritz-Carlton proudly offers Impact Experiences, providing inspiring opportunities for our guests to contribute to the local community. Impact Experiences are compelling social and environmental impact activities where there is one constant – each program makes a lasting and authentic difference.

Impact Experiences offers on-property activities that can be incorporated in the conference agenda during lunch breaks, receptions and coffee breaks, including:

  • Partnering with the hotel’s culinary team to prepare the ingredients for a regionally adapted dish for donation to a local hunger relief organization
  • Assembling school supplies and art materials in backpacks for donation to students whose academic success is threatened by poverty
  • Collaborating in teams to assemble emergency preparedness kits for shipping to a disaster relief facility or community organization
  • Designing and creating greetings and birthday cards for children in a local pediatric healthcare facility or children’s organization
  • Impact Hour, a platform for leaders from The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints partner organizations to showcase how they are successfully addressing social and environmental issues

Additionally, Signature Impact Experiences invite our group guests to take part in an off-site volunteer activity, unique to the destination.

Big Hearts for Big Cats
Living amid a subtropical climate teeming with greenery, exotic wildlife thrives in the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Group guests can learn about the conservation efforts, and not only build new areas for the animals — which include lions, tigers and, of course, bears — but also bathe and feed them. The sanctuary is a home for life for these animals, cared for by one of the country’s leading animal training families. 

Please contact your meetings and special events professional for details on how Impact Experiences can be matched to your group.

Themed Events

If you're looking to give your attendees an event they will never forget, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota offers possibilities unlike any others.

Dine within the walls of a huge sandcastle. Thrill to the sites and sounds of a three-ring circus. Cruise the bay on a private yacht. Star-gaze through high-powered telescopes guided by on-site astronomers. Enjoy a picnic on one of our lush, hotel lawn areas.

We'll help you create a truly memorable occasion.


The Ritz-Carlton Group Activities Team is committed to providing creative event services designed to enhance your group experience. It is with this approach that we provide a selection of teambuilding events for your pleasure and excitement. Each one of our activities is facilitated by members of our Group Activities Team who will ensure that every participant enjoys the unique experience to its fullest.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is proud to present a selection of group activities geared toward Recreation, Companion Activities and "VolunTeaming."

So much of our day is invested in business... but we all have needs beyond productivity. Recreation is an essential part of our completeness. Playing together fosters belonging while it refreshes the spirit. Hearing our combined voices raised in laughter brings us closer as we celebrate all that we have accomplished together.

Companion Activities
We provide a variety of options for spouses or companions including shopping, sightseeing, historic tours, museums and nature tours. Activities can also be custom designed for spouses.

Audiovisual Services

Complete in house audiovisual services are provided by PSAV and staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Audiovisual Equipment Rental & Services include:

  • Visual
    • Slide Projection
    • Overhead Projection
  • Audio
    • Microphones and Mixers
    • Audio Components/ Accessories
  • Data
    • LCD Projectors/ Accessories
  • Video
    • Players and Recorders
    • Monitors
    • Cameras and Accessories
  • Lighting Systems and Spotlights
  • Screens
  • Pipe and Drape
  • Creative Services
  • Technical Support
  • Repair

Destination Services

The resort's professional destination services team uses creativity and thorough knowledge of the area to craft memorable group activities, outings and events.

Among the services offered are:

  • Transportation organization
  • Team building activities including interactive and entertaining teaming programs like Beach Games to stimulate camaraderie and promote reliance, loyalty and cooperation within group
  • Creative recreation including guided tours, children’s programs, golf tournaments and specially-themed events
  • Fitness breaks and Spa workshops to keep attendees active and invigorated
  • Off-site catering at Sarasota’s most beloved attractions including The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the historic Crosley Mansion

Environmental Responsibility

Meetings and events at The Ritz-Carlton are carefully designed to create an unparalleled guest experience while protecting our natural resources. Together with our property-based Ritz-Carlton Environmental Action Conservation Teams (REACT) you and your attendees can support our efforts to reduce our environmental imprint and make a meaningful difference. Within our hotels, we reduce energy and water usage, offer a linen and terry reuse program, and utilize environmentally preferable cleaning products. Our meeting venues support a sustainable future by offering recycled paper products and pens, water service options, organic and local food and sustainable seafood options.

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