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An Idyllic Destination

fairmont mayakoba

Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Bordered by a pristine tropical jungle, navigable water canals, and a secluded beach, all while radiating Mayan flavor, this AAA-5 Diamond and Rainforest Alliance Verified resort is an idyllic destination.

The Fairmont offers over 26,000 sq. ft. of indoor function space and two event lawns measuring over 20,000 sq. ft., in addition to a pristine beach, pool areas for events and El Pueblito Mayakoba, an authentic Mexican village square with restaurants, boutiques, a kiosk, and chapel for events of up to 1,000 people.

Amenities include world-class restaurants with Latin-Asian, Mexican and Latin-Coastal menus created by celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval, on-property boat tours, stargazing activities, nature/bike tours, cultural experiences, water sports, championship golf at El Camaleón—the only course host of an official PGA TOUR event in Mexico, and local inspired experiences at Willow Stream spa!

The resort’s Casita-style accommodations—all featuring spa-style bathrooms and furnished private balconies—are elegant yet practical. With flexible meeting space and meal plan options, meeting planners can select from a wide selection of options, including Premium Appetite for Luxury, the resort’s signature inclusive package or design a package suited to their specific needs. Learn more about the Fairmont Mayakoba.

ASAE’s 40th Springtime Expo

As everyone in the Association world must know by now, last week’s Springtime was both the 40th anniversary of the iconic event and also its “Swan Song.”

Your intrepid Blogger was there along with ConventionPlanit.com staff members Katherine & David Markham, Mara Hill-Buckner and Taffy Rice to bid farewell to this event, long characterized by its partnering of education and networking for the Washington D.C. region’s planners and suppliers.

ConventionPlanit.com's Katherine Markham & Taffy Rice chat with an attendee at Spingtime

ConventionPlanit.com’s Katherine Markham & Taffy Rice chat with an attendee at Spingtime

It will be replaced next year by a new endeavor called XDP. The Xperience Design Project will be held May 23-24, 2017, at Gaylord National® Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland.

Needless to say, this announcement leant a certain amount of poignancy to the occasion but in no way diminished the energy level of business being done on the tradeshow floor. While this format appears to be going the way of the Dodo bird, we are ever hopeful that the replacement Business Exchange component of the new event will continue to serve the B to B and Face-to-Face needs of both planners and suppliers.

Among the member partners of ConventionPlanit.com exhibiting in the hall were Hargrove, Visit Bellevue, Team San Jose, Delta Air Lines, Little Rock CVB, Visit Anchorage, Providence Warwick CVB, Hyatt Regency Chicago and Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs.

Visit Bellevue's Booth

Visit Bellevue’s Booth

The Mexico Tourist Board was represented by Elizabeth Melgoza, Manager Group Sales, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach and Felix Arroyo, Director of Sales, Krystal Hotel, both in Cancun.

Mexico Tourism at the show

Mexico Tourism at the show

ConventionPlanit, Visit Anchorage, and Alaska Airlines also sponsored a Grand Prize for the show again – a trip to Alaska for one lucky planner! Rosanne White, Executive Director of the Technology Student Association was the winner.

Julie Dodds, Director of Convention Sales, Visit Anchorage Carolynn Hoey, Sales & Marketing Manager, Conventions Moi

Julie Dodds, Director of Convention Sales, Visit Anchorage; Carolynn Hoey, Sales & Marketing Manager, Conventions, Alaska Airlines; Moi

We look forward to seeing you all next May at XDP!

New Resorts Open in Riviera Cancun

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

The new Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Award-winning Royalton Luxury Resorts has celebrated the opening of two new resorts in Riviera Cancun, Mexico. Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and the adults-only Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun are now welcoming guests to experience All-In Luxury™ services.

Built alongside a magnificent and expansive white sand beach, the two resorts have distinct services and features, while continuing to offer Royalton’s signature all inclusive amenities including the exclusive handcrafted DreamBed™, All-In Connectivity™, the Sports Event Guarantee™, 24/7 reservation-free luxury dining, and more.

With 843 luxurious rooms and suites, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa accommodations range from spacious Luxury Junior Suites to the lavish Chairman’s Two Bedroom Suite. Amenities include 24-hour concierge service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, rain showers, satellite television, and Bluetooth audio stations, among others. Those who upgrade to Diamond Club® status enjoy a personal butler, access to a private lounge that offers evening hors d’oeuvres, afternoon snacks and decadent desserts, personalized check-in and check-out services, spa and beauty discounts, preferential dining reservations, luxury in-room amenities, dedicated room locations, exclusive beach areas, and a distinctive wrist bracelet.

Guests can indulge in mouth-watering culinary offerings around the clock, with a choice between nine modern restaurants, including a Mexican Cantina, an Italian Trattoria, and a steak house. The resort’s café offers coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, and espressos, as well as bite sized treats. The property also has 12 distinctly-themed bars, including a discotheque and twoDiamond Club® member only venues.

The Royalton Riviera Cancun offers entertainment for guests of all ages. Children will delight in appearances by such characters as Mike the Knight™ and Max & Ruby™, and parents will appreciate the supervised daily activities at the “ClubHouse” Kids Club and “Hangout” Teens Club. For adults, the resort lights up at night with live entertainment shows, a disco featuring the house DJ, and all of the popular games at the on-site sports pub.

Ideal for events and special occasions, the Royalton Riviera Cancun has a business centre and function space accommodating up to 700 guests. Couples seeking a romantic destination wedding venue need look no further, the resort has a unique modern chapel on-site as well as beach wedding gazebos, and a roof-top sky wedding location. From simple ceremonies to lavish galas, the on-site wedding planners provide expert support to turn dreams into reality.

Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun is an adults-only ‘resort within a resort’. This tranquil 340-room boutique resort caters to discerning guests over 18 years of age. Guests of the resort can take advantage of exclusive facilities and services including an à la carte restaurant, 5 bars, and an adults-only pool, while also enjoying all of Royalton Riviera Cancun’s restaurants, bars, activities, entertainment, and spa facilities. Perfect for honeymoon and romantic getaways, the resort offers personalized service, opulence and serenity.

Mexico Planners Receive Sneak Peek of ConventionPlanit LATAM

Earlier this month, ConventionPlanit.com was again introduced to Latin American meeting professionals, but this time, in Spanish!

Expo Meetings Exhibition

ConventionPlanit LATAM representatives Eduardo Yarto & Sandra Reed

ConventionPlanit LATAM, the Spanish version of CP.com, was very well received at the Expo Meetings Mexico that was held March 5 -7, 2014 at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. Over 16,000 sq ft of exhibitors, associations and publications were present at this annual event.

ConventionPlanit LATAM was pleased to host destinations such as Tijuana, Mexico City and Chiapas at their booth. Other destinations present at the show were Manzanillo, Yucatan and Guadalajara among others.

A group of buyers from USA, South America and Europe had a chance to take a tour of vibrant and exciting Mexico City prior to the event. MPI and PCMA each hosted a luncheon with entertaining speakers.

Stay tuned later this month for the official launch of ConventionPlanit LATAM!

ICOMEX 2013 – Breaking into the Latin American Meetings Market

Sandra Reed of Meetings Alliance, served as your intrepid bloggers “wingman” while in Mexico City.

With French as my second language, I was a bit stymied when trying to communicate during the show. Thanks to Sandra and her fluent Spanish, ConventionPlanit.com is making inroads with the Latin American meeting professionals.

We hope to expand on this partnership in the near future.

icomex 2013

Sandra and myself at the ConventionPlanit.com Stand

Gregg Talley, President and CEO of Talley Management, found out the hard way that Mexicans love their music.  As he began his speech on “The Importance of Association Management” in a semi-enclosed area without a ceiling or doors, a nearby festival orchestra began playing a very energetic march using ALL the horns available to the musicians.

After several attempts to speak, he was finally forced to surrender until the music ceased. At least by then, everyone was paying attention!

News from IMEX in Las Vegas

News from Las Vegas: You know you are part of a “friendly” industry when ConventionPlanit.com member Eduardo Chaillo, Director of Meetings from the Mexico Tourism Board won the Ovation Global Huggability Award.

Only at IMEX America!

Seen as one of the U.S. cities representing California at this year’s IMEX America is (new) ConventionPlanit.com supplier member, Santa Barbara.

Meetings in Santa Barbara aren’t just meetings, but an experience that enriches the mind, strengthens the body and inspires the soul. That is a lot to ask of a destination but the city spans 100 miles of pristine coastline and features a rich heritage, world-renowned food-and-wine scene, stunning natural beauty and near-perfect weather.

Santa Barbara CVB

The Santa Barbara Stand at IMEX America

IMEX America Exhibitor Events highlights included everything from Energizer Breakfasts to  the Parade of Chefs to the Maui Jim Mai Tai Hour.

The Malaysia SpiceMarket Cocktail Reception gave ConventionPlanit.com hosted buyers the opportunity to try out their bargaining skills and the Switzerland Incentive and Convention Bureau stand offered planners an opportunity to win a 7 day trip to Switzerland.


 Malaysia’s Stand at the show.  Their cocktail reception was so much fun I forgot to take a photo!

This is just the beginning of all of the exciting happenings this week at IMEX America.  More to come!

Exhibitors Get Creative at AIBTM

We’re back again with more inside info from the show floor at AIBTM 2012.  There was so much excitement in the air throughout the show and the Baltimore Convention Center had the air conditioning pumping for us – you would have never known it was over 100 degrees right outside!

I had the chance to walk the show floor and check out the exciting booths.  This year, PCMA offered 15-minute bite-sized educational sessions at their stand.  What an innovative way to educate the attendees!

Many of our CP members were also exhibiting, and boy did they go all out.

AIBTM 2012

Longtime site member Associated Luxury Hotels International had a busy stand all day.  Their portfolio of properties, many of which are international, was the perfect fit for AIBTM.

AIBTM 2012

Doesn’t this look like the perfect place to take a load off and learn all about the exciting city of Los Angeles?

AIBTM 2012

Visit Mexico‘s booth resembled an enormous call center.  They brought representatives from many of the large meeting destinations in the country and had no shortage of staff to share information, handouts, and cds.

Atlantic City CVB

The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority staff was kind enough to pose for a photo for me.  Look at all of those delicious M&Ms!

Malaysia CVB

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau‘s booth was located in the international section of the expo hall.  There were quite a few international exhibitors, but the bright and cheerful tropical colors of Malaysia’s booth made them a stand out!

It was also fun catching up with members from Travel Portland, the Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Site Solutions Worldwide.  Site Solutions offers housing and registration assistance, in addition to a slew of other meeting and event management services.  Our friend Justina with Site Solutions has a wealth of tips for meeting planners that we’ll be sharing in some upcoming issues of our enewsletter – so stay tuned!

A fun and exciting addition to the show floor was the The Future Events Experience, which offered meeting planners and suppliers a chance to learn about new technology in brief hands-on demonstrations (while relaxing on comfy leather couches!)  There was a wealth of educational sessions on the schedule, but the Future Events Experience was a fun way to interact a bit more personally with the presenters in between visiting booths.

Thank you to AIBTM for such an informative and fun show!  We can’t wait for next year’s show in Chicago – mark your calendars for June 11-13, 2013!