15th Annual Switzerland Meeting Trophy

f9ef8e39-93d4-4b88-a30a-afcb8657bd23What is this you ask? It is the Amazing Race for the meeting industry!  And boy was it amazing!!  I travelled from Zurich to Bassel to Bad Ragaz to St. Mortiz in 5 days with over 100 industry planners and buyers from 8 different countries.  We travelled by plane, boat, train and metro competing in fun challenges along the way and learning all about what Switzerland has to offer.  Team North America (which consisted of 10 Americans and 2 Canadians) had never won the Meeting Trophy before…but guess what….WE DID!.  We saw so much beautiful scenery along the way, cows with bells everywhere and of course ate amazing swiss cheese at every meal.  The highlight of the trip was our final night’s dinner atop the Morteratsch Glacier where we started the evening with fondue on the terrace (which is basically the side of the glacier), heard traditional Swiss Alphorn musicians and had an incredible meal while overlooking the most magnificent views and sunset on the mountain.  I simply can’t wait to go back again, I feel like I was in a Disney Fairy-tale with all of the beautiful landscapes and buildings.

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Ciao Bella!

Lucky me to have just returned from Sorrento, Italy.  The gateway to the Amalfi Coast with it’s 50-km stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula.  We explored the sheer cliffs and rugged shoreline via yacht and highway (if you could call it that!)  traveling to Capri, Positano & Amalfi, each one a unique encounter with the local culture. What a fabulous destination experience to offer up to an incentive group!  I swear I can still smell the lemon groves!

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IMEX Frankfurt

3,500+ suppliers under one roof meant a lot of walking over the course of my 3 day tradeshow visit.  Comfortable shoes and good planning made for a productive few days.

And Frankfurt itself is a very walkable city, so walk I did!  I wandered to Romer, the city’s town hall, and then over the Main River on the Eiserner Steg pedestrian bridge, with thousands of locks of love!

And yes, a lot of the locals wear Birkenstock’s!

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Carlsbad, California

Where is that you ask?  Well only 30 minutes straight up the coast north of San Diego, far from the big city vibe and into small town California.

Beaches, beautiful resorts, quaint villages, great food, plentiful outdoor activities, easy access and of course the beautiful weather make this destination ideal for an incentive trip!  This past trip, also a site inspection, was my first ever Pedego bike tour.   I choose to pedal manually on the flats and opted for the electric powered boost on the hills along the Pacific Coast Highway!  What a great activity, one that works for all fitness levels.

A return date is planned and much anticipated.

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The Spirit of Aloha!

As soon as you arrive in Hawaii, the Spirit of Aloha is undeniable.  Our client just hosted a group of  75 top sales achievers and their guests in Waikiki for the company’s annual incentive trip. This was a dream destination for most of the participants so the agenda was created with this in mind.  The program flow allowed for the perfect balance of group activities that delivered authentic Hawaiian experiences, and time at leisure so the participants could explore the island of Oahu at their own pace. Even though Mother Nature challenged us a few times, we had plans in place to ensure the events were not compromised and were delivered seamlessly.   Locals believe that Aloha is a state of mind and we can attest that the spirit of aloha reigned supreme throughout the trip.

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The Big Easy

Known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine this destination was one big easy decision in choosing where to take important dealer reps to celebrate their achievements.  The program agenda featured a day on the bayou for an airboat tour (complete with alligator sightings), a walking tour of the French Quarter and of course amazing dining experiences that only New Orleans can serve up.  This destination is truly a big easy in terms of planning with so much to see and do!

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Dancing on the Ceiling

Only in Vegas!  My first 3 nights featured 3 shows.  Love, Lionel Richie & Seinfeld.  Lucky me!  Followed by 3 more nights for the Incentive Live tradeshow.  A first time attendance for me but definitely worthwhile as I continue to learn what’s new and different in one-on-one meetings with 30 vendors, and networking with many more, over the course of two days.  And, because I’m such a driven multi-tasker I managed to get two venue site inspections for a client’s upcoming program in as well!    Six nights and lots accomplished; definitely a worthwhile trip to a city that seems always to be different every time I visit, no matter how often that might be.

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