Incentive Travel Gift Guide

They don’t “drop” from the sky… room drop gifts deserve as much consideration as every other aspect of your incentive trip. This is your opportunity to reinforce your brand, communicate your appreciation, and leave a lasting impression on the people who made the biggest impact on your business. They don’t have to be expensive, but they do deserve a little time and energy be put into selecting the right one.

It’s time to explore the anatomy of your attendee – frequent flyers? techie travelers? luxury lovers? There’s a gift for them all!

Frequent Flyers

Business people spend a lot of time on the road. Make this trip, and all of their subsequent trips, more enjoyable with these travel-friendly room drop gifts:

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1 – Idea Mia Jet Bag from thejetbag.com; 2 – Safe Skies TSA Luggage Strap; 3 – MiFi Portable Hotspot; 4 – Woman’s Trench from ScotteVest.com; 5 – Bar10der by Quench; 6 – Sleep Headband Headphones from SleepPhone.com


Techie Travelers

Impress even the techiest of techies with these great gifts that are sure to impress and delight:

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1 – TrakDot Bag Tracker; 2 – Cocoon Grid-It Organizer; 3 – Brookstone Virtual Keyboard; 4 – Joby GorillaPod; 5 – Google Chromecast; 6 – Brookstone HDMI Pocket-sized Projector; 7 – Utility Charge Tool by Flight001


Luxury Lovers

Incentive trips turn us all into luxury lovers. Pamper your guests in upscale style by including one of these high-end gifts:

1 - Calf-leather Outdoor Case with Flask, Cups and Binoculars by Thomas Lyte; 2 - Satechi USB Portable Humidifier v.3 Mini; 3 - Water Proof Video and Still Image Camera by Liquid Image; 4 - The Guardian Luxury Travel Safe by Doettling; 5 - Travel Wine Carrier by Navika Designs; 6 - Hydro-Photon SteriPEN (water purifier)

1 – Calf-leather Outdoor Case with Flask, Cups and Binoculars by Thomas Lyte; 2 – Satechi USB Portable Humidifier v.3 Mini; 3 – Water Proof Video and Still Image Camera by Liquid Image; 4 – The Guardian Luxury Travel Safe by Doettling; 5 – Travel Wine Carrier by Navika Designs; 6 – Hydro-Photon SteriPEN (water purifier)


 

 

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Nevis, Revisited; Five Years of Progress

No matter how much we prepare, how many site visits we attend, or how many onsite staff we take with us, some things are outside of our control. Those are the things that make planning and executing a great meeting or incentive trip challenging. I think all meeting planners have a destination or property that has offered these types of challenges, a place that makes them cringe at the mention of its name. For the past five years, mine has been Nevis.

The island is beautiful, and I’m a big fan of the local monkeys, but planning my first group incentive trip to Nevis five years ago was a chore (to put it nicely). DMC coverage was light, décor and activities were scarce, and the general laid-back attitude and practices of the Nevisians were difficult to navigate. Understandably, when Nevis showed up on a client’s wish list recently, I was skeptical. I was scared. I didn’t want to go. However, I’m glad I did because what I found is an island that had been reinvented.

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The Four Seasons Nevis

The Four Seasons is the only property on the island that I would recommend for groups. The resort has always offered a beautiful room and a great stay, but today they offer much more. Director of Recreation Mac kee France (meet him here) has created two particularly intriguing experiences that are sure to please any group.

  1. Mix, Lime and Dine – This locally inspired experience serves up local Nevisian food, each course served at the home or road-side eatery of a local resident/family – no frills, no nonsense and no American cuisine. You may sit at a table or on a rock in the front yard. You may use a fork or your hands. Either way you become a Nevisian for an evening, and it’s a remarkable experience. Did I mention the food? We had Jerk chicken and pork and our first stop, washed down with the local beer Caribe and local peanut punch. The second stop offered conch chowder, pigs feet, whole fish (bones and eyeballs) and Johnny Cakes. The final stop was a full-blown BBQ street party at The Nevis Water Department. Literally the parking lot of the Water Department, a Friday night local hangout. We had a live band and a lot of the neighbors came out to show us how to dance. So much fun!
  2. Cricket Experience – Cricket is to the Caribbean what football is to the United States, and Nevis has a championship winning team. The Four Seasons will arrange an excursion in which your guests receive custom jerseys and spend an hour learning the ins & outs of the game from the championship team. After “training,” an authentic game is played, followed by a BBQ lunch with the players, as guests learn more about the game and all about life on the island. No skill or athletic ability is required to have a blast, and it’s a great team-building event.

DMC’s and Their Offerings

There are two DMC’s that serve Nevis; Meeting Dynamics and Sunlinc. Meeting Dynamics has an exclusive agreement with the Four Seasons to provide décor, lighting and everything needed to create a beautiful onsite event. We received a 100+ page book filled with pictures and options for themed events, décor, linens, florals, etc. It couldn’t have been easier to pick and choose the elements for each of our three on-property events.

Sunlinc is our go-to for transportations, activities and dine-around facilitation.  They manage guests utilizing the YU Lounge (see my previous post, Travel Comforts for the Weary Planner), the ferry to Nevis, activities on Nevis and on St. Kitts, and the rental and décor for offsite venues like the Botanical Gardens and local Beach Clubs. Both companies have friendly staff and offer great service.

Restaurants and Dine-Around Options

The Rocks Restaurant, Nevis

Five years ago, it seemed that restaurants opened and closed as they pleased. Two weeks before my group arrived, one of the dine-around options left a voicemail message to inform us they were closing for two weeks to take a last minute vacation. We only had four options total, so you can imagine the complications. Today there are more than ten options with published schedules and hours they’ve agreed to adhere to. Options now include an award-winning Indian restaurant, a (self-proclaimed) haunted manor, and beach clubs offering a casual night out or an upscale experience.

What all this means is that I no longer cringe at the thought of taking a group to Nevis. As a matter-of-fact, after completing several site visits, Nevis was selected for my client’s 2016 program. I’lI let you know how it goes!

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Comforts for the Weary Planner

Like many in our industry, I spent quite a bit of time on the road during 2016. This year to-date I’ve logged 160,000 miles, and I’ve grown tired and weary of airports. In my search for a better way, I’ve come across three tips to share. I hope they help to ease some of your travel pain. In addition to individual business travel, these are also great ideas for VIP’s and groups!

Minute Suites – The Traveler’s Retreat

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A typical Minute Suite

Read about how Minute Suites came to life here. In a nutshell, physicians and healthcare professionals were looking for a wellness-based solution to beat the fatigue and stress of air travel.

Currently available at Philadelphia International, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson and Dallas/Ft. Worth International terminal D, these secure, private suites aim to provide a quiet place to rest or work for busy travelers that need to get away from the crowds.

Each Minute Suite includes a desk, monitor/television, pull out couch with fresh linens and privacy behind a locked door.

Pricing starts at $38 for the first hour, $76 for two hours, $120 for 5 hours, and $130 for an overnight stay. For $15 you can add a shower, and catch your next flight relaxed and refreshed!

Mobile Passport App

mobile-passport-control-app-510pxI was excited to learn technology has gifted us with the ability to take a selfie and use it to clear customs. The app is available for iPhone and Android, and is really easy to install.

It’s a breeze to set up your profile, fill out the form, take a selfie and submit your electronic receipt with encrypted QR code to the customs agent for clearance.

Try it next time your overseas travel lands you at Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, Miami International, Seattle-Tacoma International and Chicago O’Hare. Many more airports are scheduled to be added by January 2016.

YU Lounge – A Luxury Private Terminal

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YU Lounge St. Kitts

The mission – “to provide a state-of-the-art private terminal, away from public terminals, and encompassing a luxury lounge designed for discerning passengers”.

The destination options are very limited, but this is a unique and beautifully executed concept that I can see really catching on at many international airports. Available in Mauritius, and where I had the pleasure of experiencing it, St. Kitts, this is truly a luxury travel experience.

After deplaning down the aircraft stairs, you are greeted immediately by a well-dressed man and his white Porsche SUV.  You are whisked to the YU Lounge (3 min ride in St. Kitts) where you are welcomed by air conditioning, champagne, hors d’ oeuvres fit for a king, and a private concierge that takes your luggage claim ticket and passport. In 20 minutes, your concierge returns with your luggage and customs forms, which you sign and hand back. That is all.

The departure experience is much the same. You hand over your luggage, passport and customs forms, and your concierge takes you to their private security checkpoint where you are quickly processed. We were served breakfast and 20 minutes later were whisked back to the bottom of the stairs, in Porsches of course, where we boarded the plane before any of the first class passengers. And they gave us chocolate. Need I say more?

The good news is that there is light at the end of the travel tunnel, and time will offer more and more options for safe, convenient and comfortable experiences. That’s great news for those of us who make our living traveling and managing travel for others

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Incentive Quality Cruising

Fall has arrived, and while the mad-rush of operating 2016 programs has begun to settle down a bit, we are now in high-gear nailing down charter contracts for 2017. Each year I’m reminded of how unique and confusing the cruise world can be. I’ve broken it out and written it down for myself, and thought I would share. It’s easiest for me to think of cruising in terms of how I think of hotel properties – Luxury, Premium and Contemporary.

 Luxury – Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, St. Regis

  • Crystal Cruises
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Seabourn Cruises
  • SeaDream Yacht Club
  • Siversea Cruises

 Premium – JW Marriott, Omni, Fairmont

  • AMA Waterways
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Cunard Cruise Line
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Sea Cloud Cruises
  • Star Clipper
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises

Contemporary – Hilton, Hyatt, Westin, Marriott

  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Carnival Cruise Line

 MICE Luxury Market Overview

Penthouse in the Regent Seven Seas Explorer

Our go-to luxury ships this year have been Regent and Silversea, each containing between 200 and 350 cabins. These lines offer an all-suite product, including balconies, and are top-of-the-line in quality and spaciousness. For groups that like to travel, eat and relax in style, these ships don’t disappoint. The price tag may surprise you as well. We’ve seen all-inclusive charter rates come in as much as 30% lower than single destination land programs.

We are keeping our eyes on a few lines that we feel are great options for both bigger and smaller groups. Crystal Cruises offers accommodations, service and style that is said to rival the two brands mentioned above, but on a larger scale. These ships range between 490-520 cabins, which include both standard and suite products.

On a smaller scale, Sea Dream Yachts, whose tag line is “It’s Yachting, not Cruising” average 55 cabins that are a bit smaller than those I’ve mentioned so far. These boats are in the yacht category so none of the cabins include balconies, but they do offer a unique experience.

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River cruising is also becoming very hot. The product and experience have both risen to meet the demand of industry, and I believe we will hear more and more about these 3-4 country itineraries that are both flexible and affordable.

 

Charter Pricing

For group business, you will find that some luxury providers are more aggressive with pricing than others. This flexibility occurs based on the provider’s mix of FIT, group and charter business. For example, Seabourn has great ships in the 200 – 350 cabin range, and while they do offer charters, they are very strong in the FIT space, and therefore don’t need to aggressively price their charters. These little nuggets of wisdom make working with a partner who knows and understands the cruise market cost-efficient and essential.

alaskaThe best news we’ve heard this year is that our industry has spoken and the cruise lines have listened, now providing more five and seven night options. Seven night itineraries now include the Mediterranean, Baltic, Alaska and Caribbean. Silversea is currently the only luxury provider offering five night Caribbean charters.

Think about a cruise for your next meeting or group incentive trip. If you’re not sure where to start, give me a call and I’ll help you find the perfect fit!

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The Beaches of New Zealand

Beach-Abel-Tasman-National-Park-new-ZealandIf you know me, you know that I enjoy a day at the beach as much as the next girl. You also know my opinion on beach incentive destinations – they have a place in the mix, but there’s more to motivation and reward than a catamaran and all-you-can-drink Rum Punch.

 

I’m loving New Zealand as an incentive destination these days. I look forward to sharing more about the exciting and unique culture  and experiences available in a future post, but today I want to talk about the beaches. My logic? A beach destination is an easy decision. Convincing your CEO to choose anything outside of a beach can be a chore. New Zealand  has it all; bucket-list appeal, “wow” factor, beach, culture and scenery that will take your breathe away. It’s an experience your attendees will talk about for years to come. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself, let’s talk about some beaches…

Piha Beach, West Auckland

Piha Surf Beach - West Coast (4)Piha is arguably the country’s most famous surfing beach as well as one of best overall beaches. It’s the birthplace of Malibu board riding in New Zealand, but it isn’t just a surf beach — rugged cliffs frame the sea, the commanding Lion Rock stands guard and the Waitakere Ranges provide plenty of opportunity for exploration and hiking.

Located on the west coast, a half-hour drive from Auckland, this is a quintessential black-iron sand destination.  The vibe is windswept and mysterious. It’s not the best sunbathing and sand castle beach, but that’s up next.

Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson

600x300-kaiteriteri-beach-image-libraryGolden sand and the highest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand mean Kaiteriteri Beach has all you need for your sun and fun seaside experience.

This beach is located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. The golden color of the sand comes from a high quartz content, which produces a glittering effect. Penguins, seals and dolphins are common, so make sure your camera batteries are fully charged (yep, I said penguins, seals and dolphins!).

Just a short drive from the Nelson Township , Kaiteriteri is unquestionably the best beach in the South Island.

Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel-Hotwater-BeachHot Water Beach is a contender for the title “best beach in New Zealand”, and those who are in-the-know pack shovels and visit approximately two hours before or after low tide. That’s so they can dig a hole at the tide line and relax in a personal, natural hot springs spa – at least until the tide comes up and the waves change the nature of the fun.

The coastal springs are unique, and the water that bubbles up is full of healthy minerals – calcium, magnesium and potassium. Hot Water is a great place to enjoy two beach experiences in one.

Pretty great beach options, right? There are so many more we could talk about, 123 more according to my research, but you see where I’m going. We’ve established that it’s a great beach destination, just wait until you see what else New Zealand has to offer. Stay tuned!

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Dig This!

10653628_10154676641585051_1652171389480818540_nMy clients always ask “what’s new and cool” so I try to keep my eyes open for unique and unusual group activities. We’ve all built bicycles and attempted the rope course, but when was the last time you took a group to operate heavy equipment – I mean real, earth-moving machines?

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you will be touching down in Las Vegas next week for IMEX 2014. While you are there, consider checking out Dig This. This unique and quite unusual experience includes air conditioned bulldozers and/or excavators, that your group will climb in and operate on their own. I can’t do it justice, you have to watch this.

Cool right? I’m a girl who loves purses and shoes, and I would LOVE to get into one of those machines and play in this adult  sand box! Only in Vegas…

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The Rebuilding of Los Cabos

cabo 3On September 14th, Hurricane Odile, a category 3 hurricane with gusting winds up to 100mph, slammed into the popular incentive destination of Los Cabos, Mexico. The storm knocked out power, water and phone service all along the Baha Peninsula in the resort areas, causing 30,000 tourists to be airlifted to safety. Thankfully, no deaths were reported.

A good reminder that emergency planning is worth the time and effort it takes. I honestly can’t imagine having a group in Los Cabos when this was happening. The good news is that Los Cabos is starting to rebuild. I received the following update from IVIDMC, my go-to local DMC. It’s a long one, so I wanted to put their closing remarks first in this post, in case you don’t make it to the end of the update:

How You Can Help

As soon as Cabo is ready to welcome you again, there is perhaps no better way to contribute to the recovery than with your tourist dollars.  Every margarita you drink or taco you eat gives a hotel or restaurant worker a job, who then uses that money to buy things at the store, giving the store employee a job and money to spend to buy things at another store, and so on.  The impact is felt through this small community in so many ways.  Cabo needs you, especially in this already low season.

According to official estimates:

  • Los Cabos Int’l Airport (SJD) Reopen:  October 10th
  • Power Restored:  3,000+ CFE workers are currently in Cabo and 95% of the power is expected to be restored by Oct 7th
  • Water Restored: The supply of potable water has been completely restored
  •  hone Restored:  Completed
  • Internet Restored:  Completed
  • Approximately 5000 hotel rooms in Los Cabos are expected to open by Oct. 15; 7000 by Nov. 15; and 10,000 by Dec. 15
  • The cruise ship terminal and marina are undamaged
  • Bisbee’s Fishing Tournament:  On as Scheduled for October 17.

Utility Update

  • At this time, 85% of the power in Northern Baja California Sur has been restored, and about 90% of the power in La Paz.  The power in Los Cabos is estimated to be overstated in 2 weeks, as power has already been restored to 75% of Los Cabos.
  • Telmex has restored telecommunications (telephone, internet) to 100% of the área.
  • Most of gas stations are available now.
  • Some water has been restored to Cabo – about 70% of normal capacity.

 Impact on Your Tours

  • All tours are cancelled for now, and probably will remain so until at least after the airport reopens.  We hope to have the chance to serve you later this year here in Cabo.
    Some Cabo San Lucas fishing charters are reporting they are ready to go fishing.
    Sun Rider Cruises reports they restart business on Sept 28.

Hotel Damage & Reopening Updates

Here is the most recent list of the official estimates we have received so far for M&I properties:

 September 23
* Bahía Hotel and Beach Club
* Hotel Suites Las Palmas
* Quinta Del Sol
September 27
* Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa
October 1
* Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Resort
* Villa Del Arco Beach Resort & Spa
* Villa Del Palmar Beach, Resort & Spa
* Villa La Estancia Beach, Resort & Spa
* Wyndham Cabo San Lucas
October  6
* Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa
October 8
* Casa Dorada At Medano Beach
* Montecristo Estates By Pueblo Bonito
* Pueblo Bonito Pacífica Holistic Retreat & Spa
October 9
* Riu Palace Los Cabos
October 11
* Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa
* Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa
* Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
* Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
* The Ridge At Playa Grande
* Solmar Resort
October 12
* Los Cabos Golf Resort At Country Club
October 13
* Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa
October 15
* Hacienda Beach Club And Residences
October 16
* Posada Real Los Cabos
* Riu Santa Fe
November 1
* Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos
* Sandos Finisterra
* Royal Solaris Los Cabos
* Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort & Spa
November 3
* Barcelo Grand Faro Los Cabos
November 5
* Marbella Suites En La Playa
November 15
* Esperanza An Auberge Resort
* Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos
* Secrets Marquis Los Cabos
* Secrets Puerto Los Cabos
November 20
* Decameron All Inclusive Resort
December 15
* One & Only Palmilla
January 2015
* Sirena Del Mar Welk Resorts
* Melia Cabo Real All Inclusive Beach
* Cabo Azul Resort & Spa
February 2015
* Me By Meliá Cabo
July 2015
* Hyatt Place Los Cabos

To be advised:
* Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa
* Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
* Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
* Las Ventanas Al Paraíso
* The Grand Mayan Los Cabos
* The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos
* Zöetry Casa Del Mar, Suites, Golf & Spa Resort

Our Recommendations

  • Currently, Cabo is not ready for touristic arrivals.  There is a lot of work to do.  If you have vacation plans during the next few weeks, you will want to contact your hotel and airline and change your dates to at least mid October.
  • In October, there will still be work going on in Cabo, but as long as your resort is open for business, there will still be plenty to enjoy.  The tourist infrastructure always comes back quicker than the local areas, and Mexico is one of the world’s best at this.  You will truly be surprised to see how quickly Cabo is restored, given the severity of the hit.
  • The beaches, the sunshine, the pool, the food, and the margaritas will all be here.
  • The marina is reportedly without structural damage and most boats were unharmed.
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The Complicated World of Air Travel

imagesAir travel has always amazed me. There’s only one thing more perplexing than how a 187,700 lb airliner stays in the air at 30,000 feet… and that is how booking air travel has become so complicated and confusing.

Seating Fees – In an attempt to generate new streams of revenue, it is becoming commonplace for airlines to charge for anything other than the dreaded middle seat Fees for window or aisle seats in the front half of the plane are costing as much as $29 each way on U.S. domestic flights and $59 on international flights. Keep in mind that they are charging per leg. So one connection inbound and outbound on an international trip could cost you an additional $236. These fees are currently being implemented here in the US by Delta, American Airlines, and lower-cost carriers US Airways, Frontier, Spirit and Allegiant. It’s rumored that history will repeat itself, and the trend will catch on with the majority of other carriers.

What does this mean for group travel? It means that our estimated/blended airfare rate is no longer enough to ensure we stay within budget. We are adding a $40 seating fee to the budget, knowing that some will have fees, some won’t, and it should equal itself out in the end. Better safe than sorry.

What’s next? Have you heard of End-of-Row seat fees? It’s an up and coming trend to charge for amenities that were previously covered in the ticket price. Bottled water, pillow, blanket, inflight music or TV? That will likely cost you in the near future as well.

Another important note regarding air ticketing is that a seat assignment is in no way, shape or form considered a guaranteed seat. Flight are routinely 10 – 20% oversold to maximize revenue by ensuring planes are full. Are the chances high that you will get bumped off a plane? Not really. The airlines will do all they can to secure seats for everyone, but if they can’t accommodate all passengers, they will start offering the infamous flight voucher (known as MCO – the miscellaneous Charge Order) to anyone willing to catch the next flight out. The offer generally starts at $150, but will quickly increase until someone agrees to accept the voucher. They will go pretty high and throw in Frequent Flyer miles if they need to, because in reality, 40% of those vouchers will never redeemed.

There’s really only one thing we can say for sure about air travel, and that is that it will get more expensive and more complicated before it gets better. Buckle up, it could get interesting!

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Ohhhh British Columbia!

Now that I’ve spent some time in British Columbia, I’m actually embarrassed that it took me so long to get there. Embarrassed that there was this gem of a destination, which I had ignorantly written off as an ice-capped tundra full of igloos, bears and Mounties. Oh how wrong I was!

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A quick 30 minute flight from Seattle and I landed on Vancouver Island. Another 30 minute transfer by car, and I arrived at the quaint little harbor town of Victoria, where life is slower, and the scenery is delightful. As you pull into town, your eyes are immediately drawn to The Fairmont Empress and the Parliament building. They have that old world feeling, that made me feel like I was walking around in a European fairy tale.

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Here’s the part you care about – Recommended Properties and Specs:
Property / Sleeping Rooms / Meeting Rooms / Meeting Sq Ft / Year Built / Last Renovation

Fairmont Empress / 477 / 5 / 10,045 / 1908 / 2003
Hotel Grand Pacific / 304 / 12 / 10,000 / 1989 / 2014
Delta Ocean Point / 240 10 / 9,885 / 1992 / 2014
Marriott Inner Harbour / 236 / 3 / 4,720 / 2004 / 2013
Oak Bay Beach Club / 100 / 2 / 7,000 / 1927 / 2012
Inn at Laurel Point / 200 / 6 / 10,004 / 1978 / 2007

Recommended Offsite Venues and Activities
Royal BC Museum -There are three permanent galleries and one temporary, which is currently a Viking exhibit. A whole lot of the space is dedicated to the First World people. The original inhabitants of the island.
Plenty of space for 700+ guests, unless you buy out only one of the exhibits, then 200ish would work.

Butchart Gardens – Indulge me in this story for a moment – Robert Butchart was in the cement business. He and his wife Jennie Butchart moved to the west coast of Canada because of rich limestone deposits necessary for cement production. In 1909 the limestone quarry they built around their home was exhausted, and Jennie was tired of looking at the rubble and mess that was left. With the help of famous Japanese garden designer, she transformed their property into the unbelievable piece of art it is today. Here’s the before and after.

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There’ s plenty of room for large groups (500-800) to host private events with F&B and private garden tours. I had my first high tea at the garden, and it was delicious. Sweet, savory and  scrumptious!

Eagle Wing Tours Whale Watching
These guys are the best in the business. It was a cold and windy ride out to whales, approx 45 minutes, but once we arrived, it was so worth it. The tour is 3 to 4 hours total but you will learn so much about the whales and will be completely entertained the entire time. We saw pods J & L. Just breathtaking…

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There’s no shortage of activities and things to see in Victoria, these are just a few that I really enjoyed. Kelly Pitt at Tourism Victoria is the person you need to know: kelly.pitt@tourismvictoria.com
Tell her you got her name here, or shoot me an email and I’ll give you more information.

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Oh Canada. Oh The Possibilities!

I’ve been on the road, and since it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, I wanted to give you a sneak peak into what I’m putting together to share with you next week. I had an amazing time in British Columbia last week. I was conducting a site visit with a client/friend and I’m gathering up all of the details from Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler.

It’s fair to say that most of my clients are looking at beach destinations when making their incentive program location decisions. Some will consider the beautiful old European cities. Few have taken the leap into British Columbia. But I must tell you, I was blown away, and there is SO much to offer in BC.

Until next week, here are a few photos to peak your curiosity-

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