New Luxury Hotels Meeting Planners Want To Know About

New Luxury Hotels Meeting Planners Want To Know About

Every so often I take a moment and write about new hotels that may be of interest to you (my meeting planner readers). Here are a few new hotel openings (either just opened in 2018 or scheduled for 2019), but just a few because there are so many you will get bored and so I will break them into a series of blogs…. #NewYork #Barcelona #Aspen #PuertoRico #Georgia #LasVegas #Massachusetts

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Gifts, Amenities, and Things with Logos

Gifts, Amenities, and Things with Logos

First principle: Everything that can be made can have your logo on it. Everything.

The issue for planners is to decide which is the most appropriate for the particular individual or event and since the possibilities are infinite, that can be a daunting task. Who can help guide the process of what can be gotten, how long it will take, where can it be delivered, and at what cost?

One side point… when deciding what is the most appropriate gift, amenity, or swag item, remember that it is not about you. It’s about them.

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Oregon: Land of Many (Fill in Marketing Word)

Oregon: Land of Many (Fill in Marketing Word)

So let’s talk about Oregon. Land of Many Things To Do (I have to work on that). Started in Portland, drove to the coast and circled back to Bend. Here are three great places we stayed in and if you have any reason to have your meeting in Oregon (there are a lot of reasons), I strongly suggest you put all three of these into your consideration set.

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We Went and Saw Things

We Went and Saw Things

Sonoma County is big. Really big. You’ve got the Valleys… Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, all with about a zillion wineries… you’ve got Redwood Forests, miles of coastline, cute towns (with shopping) and world-class restaurants. And in an entirely different category, you’ve got Safaris West.

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I Took a Trip. It was a Trip.

I Took a Trip. It was a Trip.

The background story… my niece runs a non-profit called schoolboxproject.org. Whenever there is a natural disaster or there is a refugee crisis somewhere in the world, her volunteers go in either with an old school bus or shipping container, plus lots of art supplies, and hold art classes for kids.

After hurricane Maria in Houston they sent in one of their old school busses and when it was all over, she needed a volunteer to drive it back to San Francisco. I said why not… a road trip sounded like fun, plus I could stay at some nice hotels along the way and write about them.

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Why Meeting People is a Good Idea.

Why Meeting People is a Good Idea.

If you don’t care about time, money and your effectiveness, then relationships don’t matter. If you do, they do.  

For over ten years I helped a Senior Bank VP organize the annual intl meeting for their CEO by sourcing the best hotels and using my lifetime of relationships to get the best venue, rate, concessions and ground suppliers, while assuring the highest level of discretion and security. I trusted my contacts ...

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Why I Really Like GSOs

Here’s why… sometimes I have to find answers from a lot of places all at once. A multiple destination search, a large, complicated event… or maybe I have to find something in a destination I have never worked… I turn to my GSO friends and suddenly have an army of helpers who want to help me close a deal.

The “Big Chains” have GSOs and although they are always willing to help.... many planners do not make that minimum threshold…

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New York. Center of the Universe.

New York. Center of the Universe.

I grew up in New York City. Been back many times over the years and (assuming I have some money in my pocket), immediately feel comfortable there…the intensity, the “everything in its original” experience. The Babel of languages, the food, the feeling of “there is no place like this” and it goes on forever. But my Moldovan born wife and Siberian born son had never been, so I had the great pleasure of re-experiencing the city through their eyes.

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Here's An Idea For A Meeting Venue

Here's An Idea For A Meeting Venue

Ireland is one of those places I would go back to again and again. Some of the nicest people I have ever met (and you also want them on your side in a bar fight). I could write pages and pages, BUT… for now, I had asked my DMC friend, Derek Wallace with the Wallace Travel Group (http://www.wallacetravelgroup.com/, to give me an idea about a “different” meeting and/or event venue in or around Dublin. He recommended…

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Here’s An Idea - Vol. I 

Here’s An Idea - Vol. I 

I really loved my experiences in Costa Rica. It has everything a planner could want, plus lots of “critters” (I like critters) and great photo opportunities (I like photo opportunities). I asked Mauricio Arevalo (a really nice guy) with Costa Rica DMC (costaricadmc.com) to suggest an event for a group that has limited time to really explore the amazing diversity that is Costa Rica. He suggested…

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Meet Halfway In The Other Wine Country

Meet Halfway In The Other Wine Country

(All Things Meetings Visits Paso Robles)

Can’t decide if your northern California people should meet with their southern California counterparts “up here” or “down there”? Getting tired of the back and forth thing and want something different (that is also an excellent option)? Want to make the people who are unhappy with either choice, happy (once they get there)?

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