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Our wonderful hoteliers will whisk us away to their resort on each Wednesday’s call.
Wednesday Real Time Retreats are for planners, event specialists and buyers. Hope to see you there! Cheers!

September 23, 2020 4:00 PM
Hotel Hotties Part 1: Best New Hotels of 2020
Little Dix Bay and Rosewood Miramar

Jennifer Jones, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts

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September 30: Hotel Hotties - Part 1: Best New Hotels of 2020
Little Dix Bay and Rosewood Miramar

Jennifer Jones, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
October 7: Italy By Design: Rome and Milan
Nuria Candel, Regional Sales Director, Dorchester Collection
October 14: Hotel Hotties, Part 2: Best New Hotels of 2020
Bishops Lodge and The Lodge at Blue Sky
Gale McClurakan & Katie Wannamaker, Auberge Resorts
October 21: Hotel Hotties, Part 3: Best New Hotels of 2020
Castle Hot Springs, Hotel Bennett
Tina Newman / Stephen Lewis and Colin Carter, Castle Hot Springs Resort / The Hotel Bennett, Charleston SC
November 4: Come With Us to the Kasbah! Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition
November 11: What is a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Anyway???
Zadun and Dorado Beach Resort - A Ritz Carlton Reserve
Heda Cheda and Isabel Gracia, Ritz Carlton Reserve
November 18: Feasting with our Forefathers - From Connecticut to Maine, it's time to get cozy!
Gale McClurkan and Elaine Bouchard Clark, Auberge Resorts of New England
December 2: Purpose and RePurpose - How 1 Hotels is defining luxury for a new generation,
The 1Hotels team: 1 Hotel South Beach, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
December 9: Winter Wonderland Part 1: The Candadian Rockies - Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Springs Hotel
Karen Carini, Fairmont Hotels of Western Canada
December 16: Winter Wonderland Part 2: A Scandinavian Christmas
Maria Andersson, Grand Horel Stockholm
December 30: Winter Wonderland Part 3 - Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Catherine Stewart and Gale McClurkan, Auberge Resorts - Hotel Jerome, Aspen & Hotel Madeleine, Telluride
Real Time Retreats Destination Deep Dives Library
April 15: “Town & Country” London and the Cotswolds:
The Dorchester Collection
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 Labourdette
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
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
September 2:

Virgin’s Islands: A peek inside the legendary Necker Island in the BVIs
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition

September 9:

Discover Florida’s Scenic 30A
Satori Wilson, Watercolor Inn & Ashton Burks, The Pearl

September 16: Colombia en Colores - Living Out Loud!
Patricia Sahin, Latin Plus Featuring Beatrice Guidi, Sr Project Manager, Colombia en Colores
September 23: Mauna Lani Luau - How A Classic Resort Became Hot Again!
Robin Killett, Director Of Sales, Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
“Your weekly calls have done more to keep us connected and feeling this pandemic was going to end than anything else we have done. You two have managed to keep the fun alive, and have helped us look forward to better times.”
Wynne S. – ScanSource
“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. Retreats 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
Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim Corporate GiftsKelly McAlister, Maui Jim Corporate Gifts

Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim

Kelly McAlister of Maui Jim will be with us on the Real Time Retreats calls each Wednesday as judge and jury to see which planner really goes all-in with the theme. So engage, be creative, and have fun... and you may be the winner!

She’ll be doing some gifting that will surely lift your shelter-in-place spirits!

Maui Jim Corporate Gifts

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Hospitality Hangouts

Hospitality Hangouts

We are hosting an series of video chats called Hospitality Hangouts on Fridays at 4pm EDT, when we connect and communicate with other like-minded members of our industry, that occur on occasion when we have a relevant topic or speaker to share.

We’ll keep them casual and fun (just like our roadshows), yet also provide a forum where you can find out the latest industry info and discuss how various companies and hotel brands are handling the events that are unfolding.

We’d like to think that we can trust each other. Through open, candid dialogue with event and hospitality professionals, we can stay on top of what’s happening in the M.I.C.E. and travel industry and use that insight to support each other and spread hope.

Carol Own & Whitney Bradley
Hospitality Hangouts Library
April 24: Certainly Uncertain - Moving Forward with COVID-19
Michael Dominguez, President & CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
June 19: Events Television Network
Pam Sheperd, CIS, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the new Events TV Channel.
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?
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What We Hear From You

  • Hospitality Hangouts

    “You two ladies are my favorite people and I love that you bring information, fun and creativity to your meetings every week. Your adventures are such a joy to break away from staying at home and doing virtual meetings, which have become a dime a dozen now. I never thought I would want to go to England or Costa Rica until I watched your presentations. I can’t wait to get back to our “normal” world again and travel to Charlotte or Atlanta or wherever you are taking Retreat Resources on the road!”

    — Anne B. - Event Manager, Customer Insights - ScanSource
  • Real-Time Retreats

    I applaud Retreats Resources branding and video chat concept. I think it is making a difference to all of us that participate. As the word of mouth and marketing take hold, I am thinking you will get more and more people involved. This concept works for me, as I am sure it does for many others. Carol and Whitney, You all are making our industry a better place! ”

    — Scott S. - Fab at Incentives
  • Hospitality Hangouts

    “I can’t thank enough the wonderful team at Retreats Resources for bringing together a fabulous group of planners and hoteliers during these uncertain times. I love attending their weekly Hospitality Hangouts. These events help in keeping our spirits high and strengthening our partnerships, even when we are not able to meet in person. Bravo and thank you Carol and Whitney for bringing us together once again.”

    — Nuria C. - Dorchester Collection
  • Hospitality Hangouts

    “Today was so entertaining and I was excited to do something beyond “my four walls”! Your creative energetic personalities are such a positive ray of sunshine in today’s current stream of sadness and despair, but I know we will prevail and be stronger and more grateful in the future.”

    — Kimberly B. - KBT Creative
  • Real-Time Retreats

    “Thank you Carol and Whitney for this amazing call! Made me feel alive and I needed that more than you both will ever know! Love you and please keep me on the invite lists for all the calls.”

    — Furloughed Hotelier
  • Real-Time Retreats

    “This call is just phenomenal. Thank you for your efforts, for your gift of networking and connecting powerful members of our community. You are so appreciated. It pains me to see your face and not be able to hug you and share a glass of champagne with you.”

    — Janet W. - Belmond Cap Juluca, Belmond La Samanna
  • Real-Time Retreats

    “Talk about creative and ahead of the game! You are the leader of the pack with your weekly calls for planners and suppliers!! You are relevant, rapidly responded to the change in how we are conducting business, and have continued to help people learn and connect.”

    — Ali C. - The Vinoy Renaissance
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Whitney Bradley: (864) 420-5986
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