Self-defining experiences are largely shaping attendees’ view of luxury. We spoke with Teddy Bouroncle, complex executive chef for the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino to see how the resort is delivering on this trend.
“The new series is advantageous for corporate groups who might want to take advantage of this programming as each retreat is complete with teambuilding exercises, interactive workshops and group workouts that offer a quick and beneficial break from business.”
“We must go beyond simply accepting equal opportunity; rather, we must value and embrace diversity as a strategic competitive advantage.”
Wellness is on the agenda at the Terranea Resort: Q&A with Senior VP of Sales/Marketing Agnelo Fernandes.
Experts Jean-François Benard and Marc Lieber of BC&A answer 3 important questions about the European value-added tax.
More than 30 percent of planners are placing an emphasis on wellness in meetings and events and expecting it as a basic tenant.
“Starlab isn’t necessarily changing our meetings business, but it is changing the way we have business meetings.”
“The Link really struck a chord and now more than 50% of guests use the space during their stay—that’s more than eat breakfast, use the gym or visit the bar.”
“It’s one thing for a hotelier to come out and talk about something, but it’s quite another when you have a peer in your own industry talking to you about what they did that was so successful, and giving you step-by-step reasons why.”
PCMA named Carolyn Pund of Cisco Systems Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year at the Convening Leaders conference in mid-January.
The newest member of the FICP board shares some of his meeting planning experiences, from ways to save money to top experiences not to be missed by groups.
“If our clients feel connected to us and we offer them a committed and caring client experience, their loyalty to us will lead to more referrals.”
“From the bohemian boutique, Isla Mujeres Palace and ultra-luxurious AAA Diamond Le Blanc Spa Resort to our signature property Moon Palace, the largest in Cancun, there’s truly something for every group—no matter the size or needs.”
Local traditions, folklore and a strong culture of wellness and sustainability offer groups numerous opportunities for an authentic Hawaiian experience at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. We recently discussed this and more with Mike Masterson, director of sales/marketing, Maui Metro Market, Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
“Prior to travel, meeting planners can work directly with AMResorts and Secrets Resorts & Spas to create custom missions and co-branded rewards.”
Meeting planning at the Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa hotel is more of an occasion. We recently spoke with Eduardo Pinto, group sales director for the property to find out why.
“The Spa at the Amway Grand Plaza allows attendees to immerse themselves into the Beer City USA culture with the Brew n’ Renew spa program.”
“Combined with Chinese customs and a lot of Macau delights, we can certainly provide groups with an authentic local experience.”
“Miami offers planners a wide selection of cultural venues to help maximize guest experience.”
“There are people who want to destroy themselves, and they should have an opportunity as well.”
Rosen Hotels is getting downright masterful at leveraging technology and locality to create powerfully engaging meeting and event experiences. We recently had the opportunity to chat with Leslie Menichini, VP of sales/marketing for Rosen Hotels & Resorts about all of the innovations that support this momentum.
“So many people work virtually at different hours, but you can complete [the OMU curriculum] wherever you want.”
“In Hawaiian, ‘makai’ means ‘toward the sea.’ It is also a new hotel-within-a-hotel concept we created for those seeking an exclusive, intimate stay.”
“This fundamental philosophy [of innovatioon] continues today with the introduction of modern developments and trends—particularly in the area of sustainability and protecting our natural resources.”
“Club Med’s resorts have often been the first properties developed in the destinations. As a result, Club Med resorts sit in awe-inspiring locations in iconic destinations around the world.”