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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There’s just something about Vegas

We kicked off 2018 with a client program to Las Vegas and what a great way to start the year!  Besides escaping the bone chilling January cold, the three day meeting was the perfect blend of business and networking. For many of the group this was their first time to Vegas, so a relaxed welcome dinner at a popular eatery was planned for the first night.  It was the perfect setting after a long day of travel.   After conducting some important business and having time to explore the city at their own pace, we arranged for cocktails  high above the strip.  Just spectacular!   To wrap up the conference, the group enjoyed an evening of latin dancing, fresh rolled cigars and pulsating music that had everyone on the dance floor.   I get excited about doing programs in Vegas because it is an ever changing city that  always feel fresh and exciting.  Is it just me or  is there just something about Vegas?

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