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2020 Events

Real Time Retreats

A series of weekly, interactive virtual tours of some of our partners’ most beautiful resorts! But these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill virtual tours... we’re doing them Retreats Resources style!

Our Next Real Time Retreat
Wednesday, August 5 4:00 PM Eastern

Hidden Gems And Secret Treasures - Unique Hotels In Latin America

Patricia Sahin and Maura Zhang, Latin Plus

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Real Time Retreats, Coming Soon
August 5: Hidden Gems And Secret Treasures - Unique Hotels In Latin America
Patricia Sahin and Maura Zhang, Latin Plus
August 12: Enchanted! The Good Vibrations of Sedona, Arizona
Blair Jones, Senior Sales Manager, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa
August 19:

Bingo! Hit the Jackpot with Loews Hotels and Resorts!
Patty Metcalf Sobczak and Aaron Mayo

August 26: Cruising Untethered – Introducing the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection
Andrea Brenes, Operations Specialist
  See our entire line-up
Real Time Retreats Destination Deep Dives Library
April 15: “Town & Country” London and the Cotswolds:
The Dorchester Collection, Nuria Candel
April 22: Wine, Tango and Passion! Argentina
Patricia Perez-Sahin and Maura Zhang, CIS, CITP - Synergy Connect
April 29: Aspen - Defy Ordinary
Aspen Chamber Resort Association and special guests, Sarah Reynolds Lasser
May 6: Seis de Mayo!
Rosewood Mayakoba, Nicky Labroudette
May 13: “A Scottish Castle in the Heart of the South”
Shannon Johnson, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort
May 20: Hudson Yards - The NEW New York!
Chris Reed, Director of Sales & Marketing and Todd Anderson, Equinox Area Personal Trainer - Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards
May 27: Wyoming & the Wild West!
Amanda Wascher, Director Of Sales, Brush Creek Ranch
June 3: Start of Summer Soiree - Eden Roc Cap Cana
Rosalynn Castillo, Director of Sales and Marketing
June 10: Champagne Appetites & Cavier Dreams - Auberge Resorts Collection
Gale McClurkan, Global Sales Director, Auberge Resorts &
Steve Patton, Chileno Bay and Esperanza Resorts Los Cabos
June 17: Live from LaLa Land
Nuria Candel, The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel Air
June 24: Living La Pura Vida! Costa Rica
Patricia Sahin and Maura Zhang - Latin Plus, plus Diana Stobo and Jackie Roby, The Retreat Costa Rica
July 1: Sofa Safari!
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition African lodges and tent camps
July 8: Hot! Hot! Hot! - Puerto Rico
Fred Edson, Puerto Rico Tourism & JoMarie Arturet, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve
July 15: A River Runs Through It
Exploring the USA with American Cruise Lines
Karen Devine CITP, CEO and Founder, 3D Cruise Partners
July 22: Get Set to Jet Set – Monte Carlo Awaits
Cathleen Kelley, Societe des Bains de Mer
July 29: Picture Perfect Paradise, The BELMOND way!
Janet Wilbur, Area Director of Group Sales, Belmond La Samanna and Belmond Cap Juluca
Hospitality Hangouts virtual community

Our Friday afternoon Hospitality Hangouts are on vacay, darlings, for the month of July.

Please join us again on Fridays in August, when we promise to bring you more exciting topics related to our beloved hospitality industy.

In the meantime, we’ll see you on Wednesdays for our Real-Time Retreats as we take Destination Deep Dives into some of our favorite resorts!

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Hospitality Hangouts Library
June 19: Events Television Network
Pam Sheperd, CIS, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the new Events TV Channel.
April 24: Certainly Uncertain - Moving Forward with COVID-19
Michael Dominguez, President & CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
June 26: Doc Hendley, Wine To Water
It goes without saying that the world you wake up in today is significantly different than the world you woke up in to start 2020. What can YOU do to be ahead of that change? What can YOU do to make a difference?
“Carol and Whitney, you have kept our spirits high with these fantastic, creative virtual events allowing us to connect with our clients during these uncertain times. Our industry needs more hospitality leading lights like you. Retreat Resources events are just brilliant, enlightening, and done with so much gratefulness! Cheers Ladies to our next face to face Retreat Resources Roadshow, I can’t wait!”
JoMarie A., Account Director SE USA - Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico
“Your friends in the Aspen hospitality community and I have frequently commented that you have been the front-runner in innovation during all of this craziness. We love that you looked beyond the unknown and established platforms for all of us to meet and talk, trying to find a semblance of normalcy amongst all of the unknown. Thank YOU for always leading the way and shining like the true star that you are!”
Jennifer C. – The Little Nell

Connections.   Community.   Collaboration.

This is our commitment!

Build enduring relationships at Retreats Resources roadshows

Build Enduring Relationships

Hospitality is an industry based on relationships, darlings, and we like to think that we are in the “people” business!

Our industry events have remained a trusted favorite of both event specialists and luxury destination partners for almost 20 years!

Why? Because we create an informal, relaxed atmosphere that allows you to meet and share information and build enduring relationships in a “no pressure” environment of authenticity and fun!

Your Success is Our Mission!

We get it!   Time is precious.

When you choose to participate in an industry event, you want it to be productive, providing a return on the investment of your time and resources.

Our curated collection of distinctive hotels, resorts, cruise lines, DMCs and other industry partners, coming together with qualified buyers and event executives, offers an efficient, face-to-face solution to the “connection” challenges that both buyers and sellers experience in our increasingly digital age.

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Why Retreats Resources?

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Event Specialists

Create connections with our curated collection of luxury destinations and hospitality service providers you will really want to do business with!

Learn about new service providers and destination updates.

Share industry knowledge with a community of like-minded event specialists.

Save time researching properties by using our online destination directory and peer reviews.

Enjoy and relax! We make doing business fun!

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Destination Partners

Streamline your sales efforts by showcasing your property to pre-qualified event specialists with a proven buying history in the luxury travel sector.

Be featured in our exclusive Hotels and Resorts We Love web page with “at a glance” hotel/resort specs, our personal endorsement, peer reviews and a direct link to your contact information.

Gain full access to our knowledge base and events without any yearly subscription or membership fees

Use us an extension of your sales team, available to help make introductions, share updates and keep connections thriving before, during and after our events

Engage in immersive, purposeful conferences and events, where deeper customer relationships are made

Look good! Return from each event with the attendee data you need to please your boss!

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What We Hear From You

  • Closing a deal

    “In our office we fight over who is going to attend a Retreats Resources event - we consider yours the ‘haute couture’ of our industry - one of a kind!”

    — Paula B., President and CEO - Monalto Corporate Events
  • Maui Jim - We Want You!

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    “Representing a well-known luxury resort, I have attended a great variety of shows and road trips, but I can honestly say that I have never seen the kind of loyalty that Retreats Resources garners.”

    — L.W., Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
  • Door prizes

    “The value provided from Retreats Resources events is unprecedented. Carol has a loyal client following of qualified and professional group planners that make the effort to attend her events. It would take an insurmountable amount of time and money to make sales calls to each of the planners that attend her events and it wouldn't be half the fun! The venue selection is always a new "hotspot" that appeals to the clients resulting in great attendance. The shows are organized, well-planned, fun, educational and results oriented.”

    — Janet W., Area Director Of Sales, Group - Belmond Cap Juluca & Belmond La Samanna
  • Regional specialities

    “There is something special about Carol Owen and her events. She brings a unique charm that brings people together while developing strong relationships. She makes networking fun and memorable.”

    — Patty M., Executive Director National Accounts Southeast - Loews Hotels & Co.
  • Regional specialities

    “We have found the Roadshow to be a great opportunity to learn more about hotels and venues that we would not have been aware of otherwise, many of which are now good partners with us. Through Retreats Resources I learned about Wine to Water, and in addition to buying their wine we are now supporters of this worthwhile cause.
    “Thank you again for the introduction to some magnificent hotel partners for Volvo and Mack, and the opportunity to connect with other meeting planners and buyers. I’ve had a wonderful career and a lot of it has to do with the exceptional people like you, that I’ve met along the way.”

    — Mary H., Travel Manager – Volvo/Mack Trucks
  • Elegant luncheons

    “Thank you! I know the effort to pull off a five day road show is difficult and trust me, nobody does it better than you. As always – Carol and her events just shine!”

    — Kathy M. - Meadowood Resort
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 Giving Back 

Wine To Water
Our squad of world-class hoteliers raised $33,400 for Wine To Water

This is our squad of world-class hoteliers at our first annual Connoisseurs Connections Conference at Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort. Half of them represent properties and brands that placed at the top of the World’s Best list byTravel and Leisure magazine in their recent annual poll.

Together we raised $33,400 for Wine To Water, the single most profitable auction/fundraiser in the organizations history! Hearts were lifted and joy was in the air!

Thanks everyone for going on this “purpose journey” with us!

Founder of W|W Doc Hendley would like to thank you for your involvement! Hear the impact directly from Tanzania.

Learn more about Retreats Resources’ commitment to Wine To Water.

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We make doing business fun!

Retreats Resources
Pittsboro, NC | Greenville, SC
Carol Owen: (919) 259-9051
Whitney Bradley: (864) 420-5986
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