The Coolest Meeting And Event Spaces In NYC (Spotlight Episode)

The Coolest Meeting And Event Spaces In NYC (Spotlight Episode)



DE Spotlight Episode | Meeting And Event Spaces

 

On this spotlight episode of The Destination Everywhere Podcast, our hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share their favorite meeting and event spaces after 20 years of planning corporate gatherings in New York City. From iconic and historical ballrooms in Manhattan to an industrial-chic former steel factory in Brooklyn, you will discover some of the best venues to host small and large groups and provide an unforgettable experience.

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The Coolest Meeting And Event Spaces In NYC (Spotlight Episode)

There is always something to do in New York City, the City That Never Sleeps. This has been Andy and Todd’s destination of choice for their corporate meetings and events in the past two decades. Despite holding gatherings here for quite a long time, there is always something new to do in New York.

In this Spotlight Episode, Andy and Todd present their favorite meeting and event spaces after 20 years of planning corporate events in New York City.

 

Edison Ballroom

Originally opened in the 1930s, the Edison Ballroom was closed and reopened again in 2008 to feature its original art deco style. This establishment allows visitors to avoid the chaos of Times Square. It is ideal for conferences, product launches, galas, award ceremonies, and company get-togethers.

 

Notable Facilities:

  • Beautiful ballroom
  • Fully retractable roof suitable for all kinds of outdoor events

 

The Farm Soho

New York City can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, and The Farm Soho provides a unique rustic escape in Lower Manhattan. It is great for business socials, weddings, and Bar Mitzvahs with its exposed brick walls and chic industrial décor.

 

Notable Facilities:

  • Several conference rooms
  • A main event space
  • A stunning rooftop space with amazing views of Manhattan

 

Music Hall of Williamsburg

This establishment takes you outside Manhattan and into one of the hottest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It is surrounded by great food choices and shopping areas. The Music Hall is best for celebratory events, gala, and award ceremonies.

 

Notable Facilities:

  • A maximum capacity of about 650 attendees
  • Cocktail tables, lounge seating, and bars throughout
  • A music venue that hosts singers and bands regularly

 

Brooklyn Steel

One of the most versatile event spaces in New York City, the Brooklyn Steel was originally a steel factory. Much of the steel from the original building was repurposed when it became a live music venue with a cool industrial look. It is perfect for celebratory or networking events.

 

Notable Facilities:

  • Three bars
  • A private VIP room that can be used as a green room space

 

New York Historical Society

Founded in 1804, it is located right across from Central Park and the heart of the Upper West side. This is the first museum in New York City and a brandable space for business.

 

Notable Facilities:

  • A courtyard with a capacity of about 200
  • Features fascinating exhibitions, particularly a gallery of Tiffany lamps and a recreation of the White House Oval Office

 

Radio City Music Hall

This is one of the most famous music halls that can be used for private events.

 

Notable Facilities:

  • A main hall with a capacity of over 6000, perfect for conferences and company-wide events
  • Wonderful marquee and amazing chandeliers

The Roxy Suite, ideal for intimate receptions, business meetings, or a private dinner

 

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Exploring The Vibrant And Historic Amsterdam

Exploring The Vibrant And Historic Amsterdam


DE 309 | Amsterdam

 

Amsterdam, “The Venice of the North,” is the capital of the Netherlands and is renowned for its historical attractions, amazing art, and well-preserved old neighborhoods. It’s one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet – drawing more than 5 million international visitors each year.

Today, we’ll be exploring Amsterdam with the General Manager of The Hilton Amsterdam, Alessio Colavecchio. And sharing the stage is Remi Oerlemans, the creator and owner of Amsterdam’s De Deli and Borri Box, with his take on this incredible city.

We are excited to explore this great European capital city on this episode of Destination Everywhere: Amsterdam.

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Exploring The Vibrant And Historic Amsterdam With Alessio Colavecchio And Remi Oerlemans

Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth take us into the vibrant city of Amsterdam! With so much history and art, it is a great destination for all kinds of purposes. Culture and art enthusiasts will enjoy traveling across museums containing rich pieces from notable artists and figures. Even those traveling for business would also appreciate the diversity of the city. It is very walkable with lots of shops and restaurants, making it a great place for meetings and events.

Some notable cultural sites to visit

  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Rembrandt House Museum
  • Anne Frank House

Helping you make your travel experience even more memorable, they invite two great guests! They sit down with the General Manager of The Hilton Amsterdam, Alessio Colavecchio, and the creator and owner of Amsterdam’s De Deli and Borri Box, Remi Oerlemans.

Growing up in Sicily, Alessio Colavecchio found his place in the hotel business at fourteen years old. He then moved to the Netherlands in 1999 and started working his way up at The Hilton Amsterdam—from being a waiter to now as the General Manager. Looking at Amsterdam from Alessio’s lens, here are the things he loves about the city and hotel:

  • Destinations are measured by bike – Amsterdam is all about its bike-friendly experience. So much so that the distance is measured by how many minutes it takes you to bike to your destination.
  • The Hilton Amsterdam – Located at the heart of both business and leisure, the hotel sits in a neighborhood that is proudly local. Its lobby alone boasts a view of the city, where you can trace its developments. Fun fact: it is also the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous “bed-in” protest.
  • Roberto’s Restaurant – This restaurant situated in The Hilton Hotel promotes the idea of a regional kitchen, with dishes made from pure ingredients according to the season.

From a historical site, we go to a relatively new place that you won’t want to miss while visiting Amsterdam. Andy and Todd talk to the owner and executive at De Deli, Remi Oerlemans. Deli is all about the lively energy brought by people meeting to have a great experience. They bring that personal energy to the food they present during the dine-in experience and take-out. It is a place of energy to share both on the spot and at home.

Remi also provides some great recommendations.

  • Hortus Botanicus – This place contains a botanical garden that is very close to ARTIS – Amsterdam Zoo as well as The Resistance Museum.
  • Canals of Amsterdam – What is an Amsterdam trip without experiencing its canals? You can find a number of beautiful boat tours to explore them.
  • Winter Season – Experience Amsterdam’s canals in a different way during the winter season as you glide across the frozen rivers and ice skate!

Destination Favorites

  • Bike-friendly city –With over 800,000 bikes in the city, Amsterdam has more bikes than people. You can go from neighborhood to neighborhood, museum to museum, all by yourself. All you need to do is rent!
  • Jordaan Neighborhood – This neighborhood boasts a number of cafes, bars, restaurants, boutiques, and Noordermarkt (a farmer’s market and flea market all in one!). It is also home to the must-see Anne Frank House.
  • Westergas – An old complex converted to bars, restaurants, and entertainment complexes, Westergas is a great place to visit from late afternoon to early evening. You might also want to check out Mossel & Gin.
  • Rijksmuseum – Home of the Dutch masters, this museum houses works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh, among many others.
  • De 9 Straatjes (The Nine Streets) – If you love to shop, this shopping district is a go-to. Aside from the one-of-a-kind stores, cafes, and galleries, you would surely appreciate its pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

About Alessio Colavecchio

DE 309 | AmsterdamI come from Taormina, in the metropolitan city of Messina in Sicily, Italy. It was during the first summer jobs that I became captivated by the hospitality industry and decided to forego a career in engineering to fully focus on my passion for hotels. My studies? They had nothing to do with the hotel business but rather building houses and streets like my father before me.

I started my hospitality journey at Hilton Amsterdam, in 1999, as a Food & Beverage Supervisor. I then worked for the Radisson Blu Amsterdam Airport before returning to Hilton Amsterdam as the Restaurant & Bars Manager. After going to work for the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam for a few years as their Food & Beverage Manager, I came back again to Hilton Amsterdam as the Director of Operations.

After that, I got promoted to my first General Manager position for Hilton Madrid Airport in 2012 but came back to Hilton Amsterdam not long after as General Manager until mid-2018, when I joined Hilton Lake Como as General Manager for almost 4 years and ultimately came back to Hilton Amsterdam in February 2022. So in total, this is my 5th time at this iconic property in my 6th position, from waiter to General Manager.

As you can see through my professional journey, there is something that keeps making me come back to Hilton Amsterdam. There is just something about this hotel that is very unique and continues to surprise me every time. At the same time, there is a familiarity to it, as this is the place where my hospitality career started, and I love to have been part of the history of this hotel in various roles throughout the years and take the hotel to its next chapter surrounded by a great team.

In my free time, I love to cook for my family and friends. As an Italian, I am also a proud football supporter of the Juventus team and love to watch my sons play.

About Remi Oerlemans

DE 309 | AmsterdamI am a serial entrepreneur, who worked for about 18 years in the corporate world, event marketing. Co-owned an international event agency and opened up my own delicatessen cafe in Amsterdam. Since 2016 I have worked as a creative director for international event agencies such as Balich Worldwide Shows. (Balich Wonderstudio) For a period, I taught event management at Hogeschool Zuyd for a few years. I still guide/coach entrepreneurial students. Covid pushed me to a change, more into strategic marketing consultancy. My old restaurant changed 360 degrees. I also did a 3-year trajectory to become a breathwork coach, which I am developing further.

As Old As The Stone Age: Exploring The Historic City Of Madrid

As Old As The Stone Age: Exploring The Historic City Of Madrid



DE 307 | Madrid

 

Madrid, the capital of Spain and the second largest city in the EU after Berlin, is a financial and cultural hub located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. With its renowned museums, delicious cuisine, and year-round sun, it’s no wonder why it is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting over 6 million visitors a year.

Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth explore Madrid with Fiorella Simoes, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Rosewood Villa Magna Hotel. Sharing the stage with her is Maria Jose Jorda, the CEO of GastroCult, a company specializing in curated gastronomy and cultural tours of Spain. We are excited to explore this great European capital city on this episode of Destination Everywhere: Madrid.

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As Old As The Stone Age: Exploring The Historical City Of Madrid With Fiorella Simoes and Maria Jose Jorda

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is called the Paris South of Europe. Founded in the 9th century, it is considered one of the most sustainable cities in the world by earth.org. Madrid is a walking city where you can wander for days, traversing its wide streets and taking a quick bite in local restaurants. It is also home to the Golden Triangle of Art, the three best European museums: Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofia.

Todd Bludworth and Andy McNeill highlight the major attractions and the best cuisine the city has to offer in this episode.

Fiorella Simoes, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Rosewood Villa Magna Hotel

Fiorella is privileged to manage Rosewood Villa Magna Hotel. This establishment opened for the first time in 1972 as an independent hotel and the largest property in Madrid back then. The hotel takes pride in its concept of ultra-luxury, which gives off the feeling that you are comfortable staying in a private residence instead of high-end accommodation.

Notable Rosewood Facilities

  • The signature restaurant Amós run by a three-star chef who elevates Spanish cuisine while keeping its authenticity.
  • A great spa location with a skilled staff trained by Turkish therapists.
  • An extensive function and events space suitable for up to 500-people cocktail events and even breakout gatherings.
  • A unique accommodation called “houses” that has a welcoming ambiance similar to a private home.

New Amenities In Rosewood

  • Seven fireplaces in the entire lobby level that welcome guests. It was done by Bar Studios together with four other designer studios.
  • A redesigned façade that changes in appearance depending on the time of the day by playing with light reflections.
  • Redesigned gardens and terraces.

Fiorella’s To-Do List

  • Walk the streets surrounding the hotel. Drink some coffee, go shopping, eat at restaurants, and make new friends.
  • Go into a culinary adventure. Try tapas, go to bars, and share food with other people.

Todd and Andy’s Destination Favorites

  1. The Prada Museum Spain’s national museum houses work from the 12th to 20th centuries, including Ruebens, Goya, Velasquez, and El Greco.
  2. Sobrino de Botin is recorded as the world’s oldest restaurant in the Guinness Book of World Records. It has never changed locations since 1725 and is famous for their roasted suckling pigs.
  3. La Cava Baja is known for authentic Spanish cuisine.
  4. El Rastro, Madrid’s Sunday open-air market ongoing for 400 years straight. This is where clothes, collectibles, food, and books are bought.
  5. Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s famous square. A plaque on the ground is labeled Kilometer Zero, marking the geographical center of Spain and the starting point of the six roads branching out of the city.
  6. Chocolatería San Ginés, home to the city’s best churros and hot chocolate, is open all year round.
  7. Temple of Debod, an Egyptian temple gifted by Egypt to Spain in the 1960s.
  8. The Palacio Real de Madrid is the largest royal palace in Western Europe. Tours of this historic building are one of the city’s top attractions.
  9. Retiro Park, Madrid’s version of Central Park. A walkable park with different access points suitable for hanging out.

Maria Jose Jorda, CEO of GastroCult

Maria is the brilliant mind behind GastroCult, a company offering experiential food tastings and cultural tours around Madrid and Spain. Her team works with hotels, restaurants, and even chefs to provide memorable services to their clients.

Maria’s To-Do List

  • Eat at Saddle, a place that serves Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. Though it can be a bit pricey, you can be assured of quality as it has two Michelin stars.
  • Visit Café Comercial, an old place from the 19th century. This is a perfect breakfast place, especially for their pancakes and coffee.
  • Check out Café de la Luz, an old establishment that looks like a house from the 18th century. This is suitable for romantic dates.

About Fiorella Simoes

DE 307 | MadridFiorella Simoes had lived in Madrid since the end of 2008 when she joined the team at the Hotel Villa Magna to prepare for the hotel’s reopening as an independent property part of the LHW portfolio after two years of closure undergoing an extensive renovation.

She is absolutely in love with the city, the one considered the best-kept secret in terms of the quality of life, the genuine hospitality of the people, the architecture, the cuisine, the nightlife, and the world heritage sites. She finds Madrid a city full of activity and charm and indeed a city of life!

Born in Milan, at six years old, she moved with her parents to Lisbon, Portugal, where she was raised. Lisbon was the nest of her passion for hotels, as when she was a little girl, her mother, with a degree in hotel management, used to tell her stories about hotels. This sparked Fiorella’s interest and drove her passion for working in a hotel like the Villa Magna one day.

She just refreshed her studies and finished last year a Master’s in emotional Intelligence and, this year, a Digital Marketing Master’s that she felt was necessary to be updated with the new business demands and requirements. She started as a receptionist in a Spanish chain in Vilamoura, in the Algarve. This position evolved to a sales role, then a banqueting position, then back to Sales & Marketing, where her heart truly lies.

She considers the area of Sales & Marketing the department of her choice, as it is very versatile and offers the opportunity to be in touch with clients; she manages a team of twelve people and works with marketing, PR, revenue, and analytics.

About Maria Jose Jorda

DE 307 | MadridMy name is Maria; I was born in Spain, Europe. After my engineering studies, I left the country to work for the European Center of Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. After CERN, I worked in banking, living in the US, UK, and Switzerland.
During that time, I got fascinated by other cultures and gastronomies; I always wanted to taste the best of every region. People put so much love into cooking and telling stories about the places they know!

In 2019 I left my career in banking to create a network of international people who love traveling and eating well. That’s how GASTROCULT was born.

I traveled all over Spain to meet the best chefs and professionals to tell our country’s story. I wanted to become the reference for anyone who truly wanted to know Spanish culture.

GASTROCULT has welcomed many travellers, especially from the US, who have shared their stories, passions, and ways of doing things with us. The exchange has been very valuable for all; we are grateful for having this chance every day.

I GASTROCULT we moved from organizing single experiences to organizing multi-days trips in Spain and Europe. We now have a network of more than 200 partners and a lot of experience selecting the best for every region. From 7 days on, we are asked about unique tailor-made trips that we prepare with so much care.

Are you looking to travel to Spain and Europe? We would be very happy to advise you to get in touch; we are waiting for you.

Where To Find The Best Eco-Friendly Hotels In The US for Corporate Travel

Where To Find The Best Eco-Friendly Hotels In The US for Corporate Travel



DE 360 | Eco-Friendly Hotels

 

As global warming and the climate crisis become top of mind for many travelers, finding eco-friendly hotels is becoming a more significant factor in corporate travel decisions. You’re doing your part to help the environment by staying at one of these sustainable resorts. In this spotlight episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth present their top hotel picks with a Silver LEED Certification and above. They discuss how these admirable establishments are built to save money, reduce carbon emissions, and provide a healthier environment for both workers and guests.

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Where To Find The Best Eco-Friendly Hotels In The US

Many travelers prefer to stay in eco-friendly hotels and sustainable resorts, a choice mainly influenced by the worsening global warming and climate change. If you want to determine which establishments are doing their part in saving the planet, checking their LEED Certification rating is a good idea.

In this spotlight episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth present the top eco-friendly hotels in the United States that possess a Silver LEED Certification and above. These ones go the extra mile in reducing carbon emissions and providing a healthier environment to both workers and guests.

 

1 Hotel

All of 1 Hotel’s properties have been 100% carbon neutral since 2018. Their West Hollywood location has an ENERGY STAR Score of 95, one of the highest ratings in the LA metro area. Meanwhile, their Brooklyn establishment lies only 600 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, making their sustainability efforts a necessary undertaking.

 

1 Hotel’s Sustainability Efforts

  • Organic garden – They grow their own produce, saving tremendous costs on transportation and mitigating climate changes. This also ensures that the food they serve is cooked using locally sourced ingredients.
  • Sustainable furnishing – 1 Hotel’s Brooklyn branch features furnishes made of reclaimed wood, organic cotton, and sustainably sourced linens.
  • Dark Sky hosts monthly candle-lit events to raise awareness about light pollution.

 

The Virgin Hotel Chicago

A boutique in the Chicago Loop, the Virgin Hotel is a Richard Branson company with a Gold LEED Certification. They are not there yet but always striving for net zero carbon and waste.

 

Virgin Hotel’s Sustainability Efforts

  • Walking tourism – They promote urban walks and hikes in and around the city while promoting sustainability. This is a huge thing in Chicago that offers a long list of exploration options.
  • Eco-friendly structure – The hotel has a green roof for better storm and water management.
  • Green housekeeping – They use recyclable shampoo bottles instead of disposable plastic to help minimize waste.

 

Viceroy Hotel

Travel Leisure has rated this exquisite establishment in Snowmass as the number one location under the Colorado resorts category. It is surrounded by breathtaking views and boasts some of the country’s best biking and hiking trails.

 

Viceroy Hotel’s Sustainability Efforts

  • Low-flow water fixtures – The resort is 30% more efficient than the design standard and contributes to the annual savings of 1.35 million gallons of water. This is a big thing in Colorado, where water shortage is a major issue.
  • Green housekeeping – Just like the Virgin Hotel, they use recyclable bottles for their shampoos and conditioners that are refilled and resealed.
  • Green meetings – They bring clients into their property and extend their sustainability solutions to them through events.

 

Cavallo Point

This extravagant hotel is found at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It is a repurposed army base built in 1866, situated on 75,000 acres of a national park. Cavallo Point has received over two dozen awards for its unparalleled luxury and notable acts of sustainability.

 

Cavallo Point’s Sustainability Efforts

  • Eco-friendly structure – The hotel uses shredded blue jeans as wall insulation instead of prefabricated installation. This offers a comfortable atmosphere during warm and cold climates.
  • Repurposed structure – 75% of the hotel’s original structure was retained. Only recycled materials and rapidly renewable resources were utilized when its facilities were repurposed.

There are only some of the best eco-friendly hotels in the US that you can stay in for your next trip. You can simply check their websites if interested in their LEED Certification score. You can try reaching out to them if not posted on their official accounts.

New York City Featuring The Historic Park Lane Hotel and Comedian Adam Mamawala

New York City Featuring The Historic Park Lane Hotel and Comedian Adam Mamawala



DE 306 | New York City

 

The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, and Gotham are all nicknames for the most populous city in the US – New York City. It’s the largest, most diverse, wealthiest, and most influential American metropolis – making it the cultural and financial hub of the country.

Andy and Todd talk to Prince A. Sanders, the managing director of the iconic Park Lane New York hotel, which has recently been completely reimagined. They also get comedic insight into the nightlife of NYC with stand-up comedian, actor, and resident Adam Mamawala.

Tune in as they share their must-visit places in the city and clue you in on their favorite places to be on a night or day out. Get tips for tourists straight from the locals.

Watch the episode here.

 

New York City Featuring The Historic Park Lane Hotel And Home Grown Comedian Adam Mamawala

The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, and Gotham are all nicknames for the most populous city in the US – New York City. It’s the largest, most diverse, wealthiest, and most influential American metropolis, making it the cultural and financial hub of the country.

In this episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth sit down with Prince A. Sanders, the Managing Director of Park Lane New York, and Adam Mamawala, a stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster based in the city.

Prince A. Sanders

Prince oversees every aspect of the hotel, from sales to hospitality, facilities management, and personnel. He started his professional experience as a leader in hospitality with W Hotels. Prince also used to be a professional ballet dancer. As an artist, he now uses that creativity and passion to transform the hotel industry.

The Reimagining of Park Lane New York

In his current position, Prince contributed substantially to the hotel’s reimagination through the design and especially in the creation of culture. He wanted a space where people would see themselves within their team members, the music, and the food offered and see it as a space of comfort and sanctuary where you would see representation from all sorts. He is proudest of creating a culturally diverse atmosphere on billionaire’s row, which is not typically known for this kind of openness and awareness.

The 47th Floor – One of the iconic spaces on the property is the 47th floor, where you can experience what he calls a garden oasis in the sky. They have a rooftop lounge, Darling, with views unmatched throughout New York City, accented with an eclectic, eccentric, and boudoir style.

The First Floor – Another crown jewel is the first floor that houses Rose Lane, an indoor-outdoor space designed with a nod to being in a French Riviera. The space is about 2000 ft and offers Alfresco dining. It also houses their empire room, a 3000-ft meeting space with a private terrace.

Andy’s Destination Favorites:

  • The World Trade Center
  • The Tenement Museum
  • The Tour at NBC Studios
  • Fraunces Tavern
  • Chelsea Market

Adam Mamawala

Adam is a stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster. He has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, BET, and SiriusXM, and his debut album, One of the Good Ones, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts. Adam has been a freelance contributor to Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and Someecards and currently co-hosts podcasts Away Games and HORSE, recently featured in the New York Times.

Best Places For A Real True Comedy Experience

The Comedy Cellar is the preeminent New York City comedy club and Adam’s personal white whale. It is the peak of where you can go as a club comic. He frequents the two locations on the upper west side: Gotham Comedy Club and Carolines on Broadway. If you’re in New York and you’re not looking to spend an arm and a leg at a club, there are free shows every single night that are independently produced either at bars or restaurants and still often have some of the top comics in the country.

Adam’s Favorite Food Spots

One of Adam’s recent visits includes the Han Dynasty, which has multiple locations across the city. The place offers fantastic food served family-style. Living in Queens, which is statistically the most diverse county in America, Adam experiences a lot of different cuisines. He recommends his favorites: Charles’ Pan Fried Chicken, The Edge Harlem, and Fumo Pizzeria.

Tourist Spot Recommendations

Adam knows perhaps all the must-see sites in the city. One of the experiences he recommends is a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, where you can get a fantastic sunset view of the Statue of Liberty for free. The touristy thing to do is to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, but Adam’s advice is to walk across the Manhattan Bridge because that way, you get a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Some parks you can go on for a stroll are Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park, and a recent addition called Little Island, located on the west side.

 

About Prince A. Sanders

DE 306 | New York CityPrince A. Sanders is the Managing Director of Park Lane, New York, overseeing every aspect of the hotel, from sales to hospitality, facilities management, and personnel. Prince was approached by Highgate, the owner and operator of Park Lane New York, with the Managing Director position to embark on a new chapter for the property and take part in its reimagination.

Prince was instrumental and heavily involved in the direction and design of the hotel’s rebirth. His mission was to create a retreat on Billionaires’ Row with its own identifying and strong culture rooted in unique inclusivity rather than exclusivity. Under his stewardship, Park Lane New York reopened as a bold departure from its neighbors, offering an unexpected space with playfulness and a little mischief.

Prince has worked with five-star properties for over a decade and executed opening and training programs for new hotel properties, including the first three EDITION hotels in Hawaii, Istanbul, and London; W Hotels across the USA; and he also held a position as a speaker with The Ritz Carlton Leadership Center to train staff on property and in non-hospitality industries such as finance and medical. Before joining Park Lane New York, Prince was General Manager at Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City, earning him the title of “Prince of the City” in an article by Forbes.

A creative with versatile skills, Prince is also the published author of “The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince,” a children’s series focused on teaching future generations inspiring messages loosely based on his youth in New York City. Before his career in hospitality, Prince was a professional ballet dancer with Albano Ballet and Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. From 2017 to 2019, he served as Chair of the American Ballet Theater’s Young Patron’s Council.

 

About Adam Mamawala

DE 306 | New York CityAdam Mamawala is a stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster based out of New York City. He has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, BET, and SiriusXM, and his debut album, One of the Good Ones, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts. Adam has been a freelance contributor to Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and Someecards and currently co-hosts podcasts Away Games and HORSE, as recently featured in the New York Times!

 

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Top 4 Favorite European Ski Destinations For Corporate Group Travel

Top 4 Favorite European Ski Destinations For Corporate Group Travel



DE 358 | European Ski Destinations

 

Andy McNeill has traveled all over the world skiing, and in today’s episode, he’ll be sharing his top recommended European ski destinations that are great for corporate group travel. These locations are ideal for incentives, congratulatory events, sales meetings, and any event where you want to host many guests and provide an amazing experience. Find out which ski spots in Europe captured his heart by tuning in!

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Top 4 Favorite European Ski Destinations For Corporate Group Travel

Andy McNeill has skied worldwide, and today he shares his favorite European skiing destinations that will fit your group travel needs. From incentive travel, celebrations, and sales meetings, these destinations have been tried and tested by Andy and the many groups he’s taken. Here are the top four European ski locations to host your next group destination travel:

Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy – Located in the Italian-speaking Province of Belluno with majestic mountain views. It is one of Andy’s favorite places he’s ever been. This little Northern Italian, Alpine town is known for its gourmet dining, and the center of the town has been made pedestrian just for strolling, which offers those romantic vibes. With its stunning views, the location can be seen in movies such as The Cliffhanger, Pink Panther, and For Your Eyes Only. The nearest airport is Marco Polo in Venice.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc in France – This is one of the oldest ski resorts in Europe and hosted the 1924 Winter Olympics. Here, you can go on the world’s highest cable ride, 12,000 feet up in the air, providing some of the best views in Europe. As one of the tallest mountains, there’s also an incredible ice cave part of the glacier you can visit. When you’re not in the town or enjoying the slopes, you can visit Casino Le Royal and get your gambling and other great experiences. The nearest airport is in Geneva.

Soldeu in Andorra – This little ski town is located in the microstate of Andorra, landlocked between the French and Spanish border. You may not hear about it much, but this is one of the best affordable skiing in Europe, and they have over 600 instructors, so there’s always plenty to do. You can get your lessons in with courses for all levels. You can also check out the Caldea Spa, one of the biggest attractions in Andorra. It’s a giant futuristic spa famous for its water attractions and countless amenities. In the evenings, they have futuristic music and light show that you can enjoy while in the spa. Plus, you can try booking a night a the Iglu Hotel, which houses all the amenities and offers an excellent experience for your attendees.

Zermatt in Switzerland – This is probably one of the most famous ski resorts in the world and sits at the foot of the Matterhorn. It’s also considered one of the most beautiful ski resorts on the planet. This destination is unique as it is a car-free town which can make for an enjoyable experience as you park 5 kilometers out and take a train into town. It is also dubbed as the gourmet capital of the Alps, with many great places to take your attendees. The small town also houses thirty 5-star hotels, including one of the top hotels in the country, The Omnia.