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. Welcome to The Destination Everywhere Podcast, the travel podcast that will take you around the world from the comfort of your home. Enjoy these three little snippets that will give you a sneak peek of what’s to come!
Andy Mcneill and Todd Bludworth are travel and hospitality entrepreneurs and owners of the global meetings organization, American Meetings, Inc. From sourcing venues in The Destination Everywhere Podcast, to corporate event management around the world, their team selects corporate event venues and meeting planners for a wide array of enterprise business clients, providing ideas for convention themes and strategies for running global meetings and events. Learn more at www.americanmeetings.com.
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The Destination Everywhere Podcast
Todd, are you ready to do this?
I am ready to do this.
It’s going to be a lot of fun. We invite you guys to come along for our travel adventures and to see the top hotels and plan the next corporate meeting, business event, or trip of a lifetime.
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Enjoy these three snippets from our upcoming season one interviews with Ben & Jerry’s Grand Poobah of PR, Sean Greenwood, the Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic, Susan Goldberg, and actor and TV personality, Jaymes Vaughan.
Do you recommend anything like if you could do this, make it happen?
You can go look at it on Instagram. My friend Kelly Osbourne and Daniel, they’re best friends and they keep coming to Vegas for stuff. Westgate has been hooking them up with my favorite suite here because it has so much history. It’s funny, years ago, I wouldn’t have told you this is my favorite suite. Now as I’m getting older, I’m into stuff that’s got a history and some story behind it. It’s the old Elvis suite at Westgate when it used to be Hilton when he performed there. They’ve been staying there a couple of times. It’s on their Instagram, go look at it. It’s cool.
Everybody knows the picture of the Afghan girl with the amazing eyes looking right at the camera. It becomes part of an international landscape. If you don’t know that photo, I don’t know where you’ve been. You present the initial story, but then everybody wants to know a follow-up. With her, there was a follow-up. Did you guys facilitate the follow-up on that young woman?
We did. Her name is Sharbat Gula. Everybody just knows her as the Afghan Girl. The initial picture was taken by Steve McCurry in Afghanistan in 1984. That photo tells you the power of a still single image. We are all into moving pictures and video now, but that reminds you of the power of one image. It brought worldwide attention to the plight of Afghan refugees more than any story could have. I used to go around the world quite a bit. Everywhere you go, you see that picture. People have it cut out and you see mock-ups of it and take offs of it. It’s probably one of the most famous pictures of the 20th century. I don’t think there’s any question about it.
One of the things I would like to be on my bucket list that you say you get to do is you get to be a taste tester. I don’t know if people get to be taste testers, but I’m curious about that. I want to go into how people can visit the factory itself. Tell us how you as an employee and a longtime partner over there at Ben & Jerry’s gets to be a taste tester. How fun is that?
It is no coincidence. I walk out of this office store, turn five steps and then turn right again, ten steps and the Research & Development Lab is right there behind me. This is not an accident. When you get to choose your office, you want to be close by it. The other thing you can do is, even if you’re not part of that official project, you can walk by the window really slow and look in. Occasionally, you’ll get the, “Come on in and try out what’s going on.” Our employees are ice cream aficionados. If you put a flavor in our freezers, one of the benefits of working at Ben & Jerry’s is you get three free pints a day for every employee here at the headquarters. If it doesn’t get taken, then you know it’s not going to work out on the shelves. Our people know good ice cream. The chance to be able to be involved like, I was sampling some top-secret new dough chunks that we’ve been doing in the last few years. It’s the cookie dough that people say, “I want to try eating that.” We put that in a bag and you can find it in your frozen food section in your supermarket. I try a new flavor of those that we’re working with one of our partners. It’s all about the food.
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