Destination Everywhere Podcast
Welcome to the Destination Everywhere Podcast. Come along for a lifetime bucket list adventure as we join hospitality & travel entrepreneurs Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth in search of your next travel wanderlust.
They’re checking in with celebrities in the know, top chefs, hospitality experts, and native connoisseurs to discover must-stay hotels, bucket list to-do’s, and inspirational destinations to plan your next getaway for business and pleasure. Welcome to Destination Everywhere!
Attracting more tourists than even New York City, Orlando is a top global travel destination and the fastest-growing metro area in Florida. While it’s nearly impossible to think of
As great as London may be, it tends to be where most people go - and stay when they visit the UK. If you need event destinations outside the capital, consider these cities (which are easily...
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
The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, and Gotham are all nicknames for the most populous city in the US – New York City.
Andy McNeill has traveled all over the world skiing, and in today’s episode, he’ll be sharing his top recommended European ski destinations…
Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth list down their top ten tropical hotels for incentive trips and large group destinations.
Laura Schofield of Conrad Washington, DC shares the attractive amenities of their hotel and why it’s the place to be for corporate groups in the area.
When doing concierge travel, you must find the right places everyone can enjoy. You will be handling huge groups and…
Because of its pivotal role in the American Revolution, Boston became rich in both cultural and scientific aspects. This global city is home to delicious seafood, mesmerizing culture, and colorful traditions.
In this special look-back episode on one of their past spotlight discussions, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth list down their top five unique hotel traditions and events. From the Peninsula on the West Coast…
Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth are fresh off from their trip to Costa Rica and are here to share their favorite Costa Rican hotels! From inland to beachside to the city's heart, Andy and...
Nothing beats the feeling of staying in a good boutique hotel, where you can feel like you're being pampered while having that homey feel. Join your hosts Todd Bludworth and Andy...
Thinking of traveling to Philadelphia but don’t know where to start? Andy McNeill has brought in experts to help you straighten out your Philly travel plans! Chef Jose Garces is an Iron Chef,...
Looking for corporate incentive travel tips? In this episode, Todd Bludworth sits down with Alex Malebranche to discuss their favorite travel and beach destinations! Alex is the founder of...
Food is at the heart of any travel experience. In this special episode, Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth list their top four chefs from all over the world that they've featured over the last two...
Located at the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is sure to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the destinations to look forward to in a trip to Africa is Cape Town....
Salt Lake City is a place rich in natural beauty and history. With the right combination of outdoor activities and robust nightlife, it is one of the best destinations for a business event or...
The Grand Rio Mar Resort offers amazing amenities and embraces the community by fulfilling its corporate social responsibility. Our guest is Evy Garcia, Director of Sales at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort.
We are always looking for new and creative places, as we love to explore the world and discover its beauty. Are you looking for the perfect venue in one of the most beautiful cities in the world?
We dream of visiting wonderful places throughout our existence, and San Francisco is one of those cities in California that interests us. Aside from merely visiting to witness its beauty, many people travel there for…
For convenience and ease of access, nothing beats a hotel at an airport. We take a look at some of the very best airport hotels. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth shine a spotlight on several airport hotels that they feel are must-visits. Andy and Todd discuss Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando, Denver, and Boston, home to some of the best airport hotels in the US and talk about what makes these places great. Tune in and learn more about the best hotels to stay at when you’re on the go.
Dallas is definitely a foodie destination and one you shouldn’t miss out on. In today’s spotlight episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share their top 5 favorite restaurants in Dallas for offsite dinners perfect for your next group incentive travel! From classic fried chicken to sushi, they’ve got you covered. Dallas’ cosmopolitan developments only expanded its culinary offerings, making it a great place to explore fun cuisine even during a business trip. If you’re ever in the area and don’t know where to start your food adventure, this is the episode for you!
It is quite difficult to organize a corporate event, and it is even more difficult to make it an unforgettable experience for the attendees. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth delve into several unique venues, some ignored by most event planners, that can help elevate the feel and impact of any business gathering. They also talk about the many benefits these venues can offer, especially in lowering expenses and delivering that wow factor every guest will truly appreciate.
Holding a National Sales Meeting is indeed a significant corporate event. But since it attracts a huge number of attendees, one needs a suitable place to accommodate them comfortably. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth go over the entire United States to share nine hotels they believe are most convenient for such an important business gathering. From the most exquisite establishment within their backyard of Miami all the way to Las Vegas, they talk about each hotel’s exquisite facilities everyone should take note of.
Choosing the right corporate destination contributes a lot in having a successful – and memorable – business trip or event. But it is more than just choosing a lovely place and going there. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share their most important tips when picking event destinations for a corporate purpose. Looking into their own experiences, the two break down how to make meetings and events as organized as they can be by learning the proper way of determining the most suitable place out there.
Those having a business trip to Portugal must consider the Penha Longa Resort for their accommodations. As a Ritz Carlton property, high-quality service is always expected there, no matter how big your group is. Joining Todd Bludworth are Penha Longa’s Director of Group Sales, Liliana Pinheiro, and its Senior Catering Manager, Diogo Rebelo Rodrigues. Together, they enumerate the resort’s most sophisticated features that combine classic architecture, history, and natural environment. They also discuss the most exciting getaways beyond Penha Longa itself, from various water activities to authentic Portuguese marketplaces.
The bustling city of Hong Kong is not only a famed tourist location, but it also boasts a bustling business sector. In this episode of Destination Anywhere, your hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth take you to Hong Kong to showcase its endless charms for business and event travel. They are joined by James LaValle, Manager of Conventions, Exhibitions, and Corporate Events for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Simon Gilkes, Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood Hotels Hong Kong. They discuss the numerous destination spots ideal for exploration on your next business travel. They also enumerate the wide array of activities they offer for group incentive travels. Get to know the multicultural global hotspot and what else you can look forward to in Hong Kong.
Did you know you can have a unique cultural experience and immerse yourself in a beautiful tropical setting without leaving United States territory? Puerto Rico is the hidden gem for convenient yet amazing business travels. Join your hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth as they share ideal destinations for your next meeting and event travel. With them today are Wesley Elizabeth Cullen, General Manager at Casa BACARDÍ, and Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, to discuss the scenic views and immersive experiences you can enjoy minus the hassle of passports, currency exchange, and translators. From the rich history and the creation of rum to water sports and food stalls, get to know the diverse activities and destination favorites you can offer your next group incentive travel.
With its beautiful landscape and desert terrain, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona is sure to welcome you with year-round sunshine and warmth. On today’s show, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share why Phoenix and Scottsdale should be on top of your list. And if you need help selecting the right hotel for the occasion, listen in as they go through their list of the top 7 hotels worth staying in.
What are the new and exciting hotels around the world you can check out for your next meeting destination? The show’s guest today is Michael Dominguez, President and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). In this episode, Mike gives quick updates about protocols and new technologies you should know when staying at hotels. You’ll also receive restaurant recommendations you definitely want to try out when you visit their place! If you’re looking for a place for your next business travel, this episode is for you. Don’t miss out!
For those who want to immerse their business travel into colorful dances, historic culture, and exquisite wine, there’s no better place than the Paris of South America: Buenos Aires. Emmy-winning host and dancer Mickela Mallozzi shares her experiences with milonga, which is more about connecting with people than just dancing tango. Meanwhile, Juan Melo Pacheco explores the Argentinian hospitality they take pride in at The Faena Hotel, making it an excellent event destination for any purpose. For their destination favorites, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth look at everything Buenos Aires has to offer by going beyond the wine tastings and tango dancing.
Choosing destinations for incentive trips are our specialty. From wine tours in Napa Valley, to hiking Machu Picchu, here is our guide to the top incentive travel destinations. Join in as we rave about six wonderful destinations you’d want to consider for your next company incentive trip. The key to having a successful company trip is proper planning to ensure comfortable accommodations for your members. Don’t miss out on these must-visit destinations!
The Caribbean is home to many outstanding incentive spots and luxury resorts, but very few are as prestigious as La Romana’s first private resort, the Casa De Campo Resort & Villas. Whether you’re into golf, adventure treks, scuba diving, all-night parties or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of a private island, this resort in the Dominican Republic has got it all for you. Join our hosts Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth as they talk to Jason Kycek, the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Casa De Campo about what makes his resort so great. Jason delves into the many amenities and activities found on the resort, as well as giving us a look at the resort’s best-kept secrets. If you are looking for a Caribbean destination, then this episode is a must-catch.
Andy McNeill talks with Adam Stoker, the President and CEO of Relic, an advertising agency that specializes in the tourism industry, about rural destinations and why companies should consider going to these places rather than conventional destinations. Adam tells Andy that one of the unique things about rural destinations is the ability to offer a more unique experience than major destinations, making meeting and event travel a more memorable experience for the team. He mentions that rural destinations have Convention and Visitors Bureaus and Destination Marketing Organizations that work together to promote these locations to bring in events and continue to generate visitation.
A city steeped in the Mediterranean Sun, history, and full of great culinary traditions, Lisbon is today’s destination. Join our hosts, Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth as they explore the city for the best restaurants. Bringing two prominent people of the city, they talk to Michelin Star winning chef José Avillez and the General Manager of the iconic hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, Miguel Garcia. José shares his views about the best restaurants in Lisbon, the culinary traditions of Portugal, and his venue, Barrio do Avillez. Miguel then lets us in on his experiences running the most iconic 5-star hotel, what sets apart the Tivoli from others, and what he thinks are the must-dos in the city. Take a trip to Lisbon as you join today’s episode.
Planning a meeting in Philadelphia is easy when local hotels are historic, award-winning, and offer luxury amenities. From short walks to the Liberty Bell to dinner with panoramic city views, here are our top hotels in Philadelphia. Fall in love with history in this mesmerizing city while enjoying top-notch cuisine from the best restaurants. Leisure travelers and people working on official business will find great lodging in these most exquisite amenities.
Michelle McGann, professional golfer and Palm Beach local, shares her favorite golf courses and places to shop. Plus, we sit down with The Breakers’ Senior Vice President of Sales, Jim Mostad, who joins us to break down the hotel’s greatest offers and amenities, which led to the rise of Palm Beach becoming America’s first resort destination. As in all of our destination discoveries, we talk about the most exciting local festivities to attend, the most popular destinations to visit, and the unique recreational activities to try in and around Palm Beach. As America’s first resort destination, Palm Beach is truly a sight to behold and a place full of exciting things to do with your group or travel partners.
If you want to spice up your travels to Europe and go beyond the usual sight-seeing, joining group activities is something you should include in your list.
Looking forward to New Delhi and Northern India as exciting destinations for future meeting adventures, our guests today will provide the ultimate India travel guide from the “Yoga Capital of the World “to the Taj Mahal. Join us in our discussion with Anupam Dasgupta to highlight the exquisite cuisine and elegant facilities of luxury hotels in New Delhi as the General Manager of The Leela Palace.
After the holiday season, there’s no better escape to have than an exciting winter travel plan. But with so many places in the world to visit, where should you take your winter meeting venue? In another spotlight episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth count down their most exciting winter destinations, diving deep into what each place has to offer. They also share their personal experiences and their thoughts on the must-try activities for every winter traveler.
It’s time for your team’s summer summit! Whether your business event or meeting warrants more time in the sun or away from the heat, the world has so much to offer when it comes to this wonderful travel season. In this spotlight episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth shine the light on their top five best destinations for summer travel.
Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? When you are in Dubai, you can have the best of both worlds. In this episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth dive deep into the Jewel of the Middle East, Dubai! They are joined by TV Host, Ryan Pyle, who will explore with us why this city of gold is the top business hub, charting with us its dynamic growth over the last few decades. He takes us to some of the great hotels and destinations that are fit for meetings, events, and, of course, travel!
When people talk about New Orleans, the first thing that comes to mind is Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street. But it is also home to jazz music and the best of meeting and event venues. Here, Kermit Ruffins shares his journey from being an aspiring member of brass bands from New Orleans to becoming a songwriter for Disney’s Jungle Book and a jazz trumpeter jamming with Jon Batiste.
With its picturesque scale, architecture, wine, and Renaissance museums, there is a reason why Tuscany keeps people coming back for fabulous corporate meetings and much more. In this episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth introduce us to the author of the bestselling book turned movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes, who shares her life-changing experience in Tuscany that inspired her memoir and some of her activities in daily life
The best business destinations are those that can offer you more than lovely venues for meetings and formal transactions. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth present the top five business destinations around the world, as chosen by the American Express Global Business Travel.
From famous movie sets to afternoon tea, Sophie Malerba shares her Blue-Badge Guide knowledge on all things London for your next corporate meeting or event planning. Plus, from the official hotel of London Fashion Week and London Film Festival, The May Fair Hotel’s Anjie Keegel shares some insider tips. Together with Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth see London as you’ve never seen before, for business, pleasure or both. Curating unforgettable experiences for your next London trip, this episode will give you a glimpse of the London scene through the eyes of locals.
From its eclectic restaurant selections to the local music scene, Dallas offers great opportunities and venues for business travelers and corporate meetings. Learn about the best things to do in Dallas with our guests Dean Fearing, the Executive Chef and Partner of Fearing’s Restaurant, and Ryan Miyamoto, the General Manager of the Statler Hotel
Costa Rica, besides being known for its beaches, volcanoes, and wellness, could be a great location for your next corporate meeting or retreat. Hear about the best time to visit Costa Rica with Federico Gurdián, General Manager of Casa Chameleon Hotels, and learn how to take advantage of group-friendly outdoor activities with Chakiris Menafacio.
Food Network Star and Chopped All-Star, Penny Davidi, shares her Los Angeles travel guide for your next meeting or corporate event. Plus, our hosts chat with Offer Nissenbaum, Managing Director of the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel to learn about their 5-star experiences. From Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, and Venice Beach to Rodeo Drive and Disneyland, there are many iconic experiences found only in LA.
CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg shares his best travel tips and how to discover secret spots. Peter also shares his favorite travel stories as a CBS journalist. Known in the travel industry as “The Travel Detective,” he is America’s most recognized, honored, and respected front-line travel news journalist.
CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg shares his best-hidden gem travel destinations. From Egypt to the USA, learn the best travel tips and how to discover secret spots. He talks with Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth on his career history, why he chose to delve both into investigative journalism and travel writing, and the advantage of disobeying signage.
From US Presidents to famous holiday traditions, new friends from The Omni Grove Park Inn provide us with an exhilarating Asheville travel guide. Plus, we chat with band leader Whitney Moore on how Asheville inspires her music. This episode of The Destination Everywhere Podcast is going to give you a great view of Asheville, North Carolina—the four-season destination for both business and pleasure.
Want to plan a safari and visit Keyna Africa? We’ll discuss Kenya tourism, things to do in Kenya, and how to prepare for a trip to Africa. In 2017, it was recognized as the World Travel Award for Place to Be. As the world’s leading safari destination, there is no other place to go see a safari if you want to see what you see on TV and National Geographic
Copenhagen hotels and the best time to visit Copenhagen are shared as we explore traveling with sustainability in mind to this bucket list city in Denmark. In this episode, Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth take us to a travel destination that can save those woes. They bring us to Copenhagen, Denmark, with Peter Høgh Pedersen, the Managing Director of Villa Copenhagen, and Kasper Eich-Romme, the co-founder of GoBoat.
You may not be used to thinking of Croatia as a tourist destination, but you are definitely in for an awesome experience if you would just try it. From biking trails and medieval towns to breathtaking views of the crystal-blue Adriatic, Croatia offers a variety of landscapes, cultures, cuisines and fun activities.
Chatting it up with Samy as he shows us around the newest Lake Como luxury hotel. Plus Andrea Rotta & Francesco Ornaghi owners of Europe’s first amphibious car rental. Such is the magnificence of the lake that it has been the object of the rich and famous’ adoration since ancient Roman times and continues to be extremely popular today. If you’re amped about visiting quaint small towns and venerable historical sites, cycling, hiking, olive oil tasting or just enjoying the scenic lakeside view, then this destination is a must.
Let’s explore Quebec City for a taste of European charm and luxury in North America. Learn about the historic past of the most photographed hotel in the world and activities in Quebec City. Andy and Todd sit down with Ken Hall, the General Manager of hotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, and Steve Barakatt, writer and performer, to give us a local’s perspective of this beautiful city as well as its historic past and how Quebec City buildings have stood the test of time.
Want to plan a safari and visit Keyna Africa? We'll discuss Kenya tourism, things to do in Kenya, and how to prepare for a trip to Africa. In 2017, it was recognized as the World Travel Award...
World-renowned Chef, Dean Max, The King of American Seafood explores The Bahamas & the Pink Sands Resort with Andy and Todd. From bustling Nassau to serene Harbor Island, The Bahamas offers experiences like the mystery of the blue holes, the novelty of Pig Beach, the pleasure of flamingo watching, reef diving, the adrenaline of cave-diving, and shark swimming and the intense energy of Junkanoo.
Planning an RV trip across America can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Get off-the-grid ideas for your next adventure as this episode provides RV travel tips and destinations. On today’s show, our hosts share some of their childhood road trips and camper stories. They are also joined by Jon Gray, the CEO of RVshare, the world’s largest RV rental marketplace. Want to know more about traveling with an RV? Then hop on and enjoy this episode.
From the best hotels in downtown Chicago to the best Italian food, we sit down to talk about the top things to do in The Windy City. Join us in this episode to explore Chicago with Max Schroeder, hotel manager of The Peninsula Chicago. They are also joined by Chef Sarah Grueneberg of the Monteverde Restaurant. Sarah is a James Beard Award winner, a finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Texas” and on Food Network’s “Iron Chef Gauntlet.” Max and Sarah share their favorite local spots, where to get the best meal, and more – in Chicago!
For the best places to visit in Australia, we sit down with Australian native and experienced expert Trav Bell as we explore things to do and how to live a purpose-filled life Down Under. Travis is a self-appointed ʻBucket Listologistʼ who has designed his life around his bucket list and now helps bucket listers all over the globe create and cross off their to-do’s. Know more about Australia as our hosts share their favorite things about this exciting destination and learn from Travis’ philosophy behind his focus on Australia’s experiential opportunities.
Get out your Vermont travel map as we visit Vermont resorts and give you venue and destination suggestions in the Green Mountain State. We talk about Vermont’s unique authenticity, the many places and activities it offers, and, most importantly, its great people. We venture inside the Ben & Jerry’s factory, where we learn about the important work Ben & Jerry’s is doing towards social justice. From its famous covered bridges to its burgeoning craft beer scene, Vermont is a great destination for business, meetings, and many other reasons. Join us for a tour of your next exciting destination — Vermont, a majestic beauty
In this episode, you’ll find out the best time to make Ireland your next destination for business or pleasure. We talk to the experts to see what it’s like to stay in a real Irish Castle. We will give you the best places to plan your next event or visit to Ireland, and hear stories from the two-time Irish storyteller champion, Máirtín de Cógáin.
Straight from the Billboard Red Carpet, the Amazing Race, and Big Brother All-Stars, Jaymes shares the best time to visit Las Vegas and bucket list things to do around the entertainment capital of the world. As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But beyond the glitz and glamour, is there more to this bright city?
Traveling America is the topic for today’s discussion as Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth sit down with the Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic, Susan Goldberg, to talk about the impact of National Geographic and their ever-expanding footprint… as well as the new coffee table book they are putting out titled, America the Beautiful.
For most of us, we want to know what post-pandemic business travel will look like in the “new normal.” In this episode, Erin Francis-Cummings, the CEO of Destination Analysts, joins us to talk about the present and future state of business travel. A go-to resource in the destination marketing industry, Erin has spent the last two decades studying travelers from across the globe and translating their fascinating behaviors and opinions into marketing insights.
Come along for an adventure of a lifetime as we join hospitality and travel entrepreneurs, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth for The Destination Everywhere Podcast. They’re checking in with celebrities in the know, top chefs, hospitality experts, and native connoisseurs to discover must-stay hotels, exciting activities, and inspirational destinations to plan your next getaway for corporate meetings, business, and pleasure.
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