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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!

Please note that we’re taking our own Spring Break April 14 - we’re heading to Texas to plan our upcoming Lone Star State Roadshow. We will resume our Real-Time Retreats on April 21! If you’ve already registered for April 14, please remove it from your calendar. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:00 PM Eastern

OPA! Celebrating the sun-drenched islands of Greece


Real Time Retreats, Coming Soon
April 14: Please note that we’re taking our own Spring Break this week - we’re heading to Texas to plan our upcoming Lone Star State Roadshow. We will resume our Real-Time Retreats on April 21! If you’ve already registered for April 14, please remove it from your calendar. Thanks!
April 21: OPA! Celebrating the sun-drenched islands of Greece
April 28: Taking “The Grand Tour”! Italy - Rocco Forte Style
Florence, Rome and Sicily with Megan McHale, Director of Global Sales, Rocco Forte Hotels
May 5: Beach Chic! An abundance of stylish small resorts are coming to the Caribbean!
Jennifer Jones, Director of Global Sales, Rosewood Hotels, Thibaut Asso, DOSM Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barths
May 12: Spring 2021 Virtual Showcase
May 19: Concours D’ Elegance - Join us for a virtual tour of this celebration of classic cars at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Resort
May 26: Springtime In The South: Zooming while blooming at the beautiful Barnsley Resort
Shawn Bendig and Ginny Izydore
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April 7: “Rat Pack Vibes”! Palm Springs - The hippest spot from the 1950’s is still the best place to find your oasis.
Angie Day, National Sales Manager, and Suzanne Aed, National Sales Manager - Greater Palm Springs CVB
March 31: “Debunking The Myths About Cruising!” The cruise industry awakens!
Learn all that is new from Karen Devine, Founder and President of 3D Cruise Destinations
March 24: Think Pink! Rediscovering Bermuda
Donna Douglas - Bermuda Tourism Authority; Tyler Svetich, Director of Sales - Rosewood Bermuda; Tess Hill, Director of Sales & Shiloh Walen-Roque, Senior Group Sales Manager - Hamilton Princess
March 17: The Emerald Isle in Story and Song - Come celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with us!
Kev Ben Shannon – Odyssey INTL; John Costelloe, Director of Sales – The K Club; Liz Godfrey, Assistant Director Of Sales – Adare Manor; David Cronin, Director of Sales – Hotel Europe.
March 10: Banyan Tree Resorts
This Thai based brand provides a “sanctuary for the senses” in 10 countries!
Featuring Anna Celeste Brenner, Maria Lopez, Tets Kato, Sergio Serra and Pamela Gomez - the Banyan Tree team in Mexico!
March 3: The Breakers Birthday Bash, Come help us celebrate the nation’s most glamourous “Grande Dame” resort!
Bruce Leet & Cara Pregadio - The Breakers, Palm Beach Florida
February 24: Wine Down Wednesday with South African wines featuring Mont Rochelle, a Virgin Limited Edition hotel
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition Collection
February 17: Latin & Caribbean Carnival! One Big Tropical Party
Samba, Calypso or a Conga Line, get ready to get your “dance” on!
Patricia Sahin & Maura Zhang, Latin Plus: Rio de Janiero, Aruba/Curacao and the Dominican Republic
February 10: “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” - Mardi Gras: the Myths and the Legends
Bonnie Boyd, President & CEO - BBC Destination Management, New Orleans
February 3: When the (Super) Stars Align! - Beating the drum for Nobu Hotel Group!
Kathy Botero, GSO/NSO SE Groups - Nobu Miami, Chicago and Los Cabos
January 27: “We’re Outlaws By Nature” - Celebrating the Independent Spirit
Miquela Holbrook, National Sales Manager - Sundance Mountain Resort &
Jim Tolbert Director of Group Sales - Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City Utah
January 20: DC’s WaterGate Hotel - Embrace your inner “Scandal”!
Jon Chocklett, SVP Sales & Lori Holtzman, Director of National Accounts
January 13: Nuria In Paris! The Couture! The Culture! The Cuisine!
Hotel Plaza Athenee, Le Meurice - The Dorchester Collection
January 6: Winter Wonderland Part 3: To Ski or Apres Ski? Exploring Aspen and Telluride with Auberge Hotels!
Gale McClurkan, Global Sales Director & Catherine Stewart, Area Sales Manager, Hotel Jerome & Madeline Hotel and Residence
December 16: Winter Wonderland Part 2: A Scandinavian Christmas
Magnus Lindbergh, VisitSweden, Maria Andersson, Grand Hotel Stockholm, Mathias Andersson, Vasa Museum, Mikeal Dahlberg, Icehotel
December 9: Winter Wonderland Part 1: The Canadian Rockies - Banff Springs Hotel, Chateau Lake Louise, Jasper Park Lodge, Chateau Whistler
Karen Carini, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada’s Western Mountain Region
December 2: Purpose and RePurpose - How 1 Hotels is defining luxury for a new generation
The 1 Hotels team: 1 Hotel South Beach, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
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
November 11: What is a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Anyway???
Zadún and Dorado Beach Resort - A Ritz Carlton Reserve
Heda Chehda and Isabel Gracia, Ritz Carlton Reserve
November 4: Come With Us to the Kasbah! Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition
October 21: Hotel Hotties, Part 3: Best New Hotels of 2020
Hotel Bennett & Castle Hot Springs Resort
Stephen Lewis / The Hotel Bennett, Charleston SC and Tina Newman / Castle Hot Springs Resort
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 7: Italy By Design: Rome and Milan
Nuria Candel, Regional Sales Director, Dorchester Collection
September 30: Hotel Hotties - Part 1: Best New Hotels of 2020
Little Dix Bay and Rosewood Miramar
Jennifer Jones, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
September 23: Mauna Lani Luau - How A Classic Resort Became Hot Again!
Robin Killett, Director Of Sales, Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
September 16: Colombia en Colores - Living Out Loud!
Patricia Sahin, Latin Plus Featuring Beatrice Guidi, Sr Project Manager, Colombia en Colores
September 9: Discover Florida’s Scenic 30A
Satori Wilson, Watercolor Inn & Ashton Burks, The Pearl
September 2: Virgin’s Islands: A peek inside the legendary Necker Island in the BVIs
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition
August 26: Cruising Untethered – Introducing the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection
Andrea Brenes, Operations Specialist
August 19: Bingo! Hit the Jackpot with Loews Hotels and Resorts!
Patty Metcalf Sobczak and Aaron Mayo
August 12: Enchanted! The Good Vibrations of Sedona, Arizona
Blair Jones, Senior Sales Manager, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa
August 5: Hidden Gems And Secret Treasures - Unique Hotels In Latin America
Patricia Sahin and Maura Zhang, Latin Plus
July 29: Picture Perfect Paradise, The BELMOND way!
Janet Wilbur, Area Director of Group Sales, Belmond La Samanna and Belmond Cap Juluca
July 22: Get Set to Jet Set – Monte Carlo Awaits
Cathleen Kelley, Societe des Bains de Mer
July 15: A River Runs Through It
Exploring the USA with American Cruise Lines
Karen Devine CITP, CEO and Founder, 3D Cruise Partners
July 8: Hot! Hot! Hot! - Puerto Rico
Fred Edson, Puerto Rico Tourism & JoMarie Arturet, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve
July 1: Sofa Safari!
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition African lodges and tent camps
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
June 17: Live from LaLa Land
Nuria Candel, The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel Air
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 3: Start of Summer Soiree - Eden Roc Cap Cana
Rosalynn Castillo, Director of Sales and Marketing
May 27: Wyoming & the Wild West!
Amanda Wascher, Director Of Sales, Brush Creek Ranch
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 13: “A Scottish Castle in the Heart of the South”
Shannon Johnson, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort
May 6: Seis de Mayo!
Rosewood Mayakoba, Nicky Labroudette
April 29: Aspen - Defy Ordinary
Aspen Chamber Resort Association and special guests, Sarah Reynolds Lasser
April 22: Wine, Tango and Passion! Argentina
Patricia Perez-Sahin and Maura Zhang, CIS, CITP - Synergy Connect
April 15: “Town & Country” London and the Cotswolds:
The Dorchester Collection, Nuria Candel
“You guys are delivering an enormous value to the properties and the planners during these extraordinary times but I also hope you know you are giving us such an extra special gift. I’m sure I speak for the majority when I say that travel makes up a big part of my soul and this last year has been more than professionally difficult. These weekly mini getaways have been a gift and a small reminder that we will be back and better than ever and I just wanted to thank you both.”
Mary K - SAS
“Thank you for giving us this amazing opportunity to have you and your fantastic network as our guests in Sweden today. We are very humbled over the response and it really warms our hearts!”
Maria A - Grand Hotel Stockholm
“I just want to thank you for the magical visits that you have been providing. I look forward to being transported each week to the destinations that you select to share with us. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! These visits are so vital to keeping our travel spirits in a positive place as well as entertaining to me. I love that we have the opportunity to dress up and have fun conversation with fellow event industry friends.”
Kim S - Fab at Incentives
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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 a wonderful experience this was! Thank you once again for giving us the opportunity to present our properties in such a unique way.

    “This has definitely been the most engaging tradeshow that I have done and truly felt that we connected personally with every single person on the call.”

    — Sheila G. - Group Sales Manager, 1 Hotel South Beach
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    “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
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    — Ali C. - The Vinoy Renaissance
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    — Kimberly B. - KBT Creative
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    “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
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    “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
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