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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New York State of Mind

I recently made myself at home for a few days in NYC in one of the most sustainable hotels I’ve ever been to, with every rustic-chic touch imaginable. It is designed by local artists using native greenery and reclaimed materials and the views of the Brooklyn Bridge, East River and Manhattan skyline were spectacular. The industry conference I attended there started with a CSR feel-good, social wellbeing project which kicked off a positive networking buzz between attendees. We met with International suppliers in one-on-one appointments over two days; were inspired by two unique guest speakers both with targeted educational dialogue and how it relates to our industry; and spent a unique evening on Ellis Island. I’ve been to NYC several times and each time I’m in awe of how seeing one city so differently each time can be possible.

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So cool; SOCAL

Just had a group return from Newport Beach in California.  They had a great trip!  The weather was perfect; literally perfect!!!  And the agenda took advantage of that with an outdoor pool reception, outdoor dining, Segway tour, hiking, golf, bicycling.

But perhaps one of the most authentic of Newport Beach experiences was a dinner cruise onboard The Wild Goose.  The Wild Goose was a 136-ft. US Navy Minesweeper converted into a yacht that John Wayne (Duke) purchased in 1962.   The yacht has been described as “the central hub of John Wayne’s voracious social life” and became a powerful force in his life, for such a long time, that it remains famous today.  A small bit of fame and history that this area is renowned for.

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Kangaroos & Koala’s

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, I was there. Pictures to prove it!  A quick 6-night site inspection determined that our client is planning to bring a group of Canadian dealers to both Melbourne and Adelaide, with a side trip to the Barossa Valley, in 2019.

Stop One: Melbourne; now one of the 10 fastest growing large cities in the developed world. Stop Two:  the Barossa; one of the world’s great wine regions.  Stop Three: Adelaide; acclaimed the world’s 5th most liveable city and referred to as the “Festival City”.  What a great combination this will be!

And cross our fingers the group can see what I did!

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