Weekly Video Chats

Hospitality Hangouts
& Real Time Retreats


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Hospitality Hangouts

Hospitality Hangouts

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!

Carol and Whitney on vacation

We are hosting an ongoing series of video chats called Hospitality Hangouts when we can connect, communicate, and share with other like-minded members of our industry.

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 each week 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.

Friday Hospitality Hangout video chats are for everyone.

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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Real Time Retreats

Destination Deep Dives

Real-time Retreats
You belong here!

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!

July 15, 2020 4:00 PM
A River Runs Through It

Exploring the USA with American Cruise Lines
Karen Devine CITP, CEO and Founder, 3D Cruise Partners

Join us Wednesdays at 4:00 PM Eastern

You can register for as many dates as you want. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting(s).

Real Time Retreats, Coming Soon
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: Pretty in Pink: Celebrating Palm Beach Style at The Breakers
Bruce Leet, Senior Sales Manager, The Breakers
August 12: Enchanted! The Good Vibrations of Sedona, Arizona
Blair Jones, Senior Sales Manager, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa
August 19: Living The Grand Life In NYC! An Insiders Guide To Soho And Tribecca
Herb McReynolds, Director of Group Sales, Grand Life Hotels - Soho Grand and Roxy
August 26: Cruising Untethered – Introducing the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection
Andrea Brenes, Operations Specialist
September 2: The Emerald Isle in Story and Song – Rediscover Ireland
Laura Saeger, Business Tourism Ireland
September 9:

Discover Scenic 30-A
Shelby Schuler and team St Joe Company Resorts

September 16: Viet Nam - A Timeless, Charming Surprise!
Trang Pham and Patricia Sahin, Pacific World
September 23: Mauna Lani Luau. How A Classic Resort Became Hot Again!
Gale McClurkan & Shea Cororan, Auberge Resorts
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 Bennet
Tina Newman, Castle Hot Springs Resort
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: Don’t Fence Me In! City Slicker or Real Life Wrangler - This Luxury Ranch is for YOU!
Kim Taylor, The Ranch at Rock Creek
November 25: GIVING THANKS
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
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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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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