"Paris is always a good idea." — Audrey Hepburn
The last time I was at The Peninsula New York was for a property tour on my birthday when (long story short) the hotel basically ended up hosting an impromptu birthday party for me and my friends in the rooftop bar. Amazing things are now happening every time I go to The Peninsula because last week at a Peninsula Hotels event, I won a drawing for two nights with breakfast included at The Peninsula Paris! Just moments before, the Managing Director of the Paris property asked when was the last time I was in Paris. I'm often there in my mind, creating itineraries for my clients, but I had to stop and think.... It was 2005, and he said I'm definitely due for a visit. Next thing I know, I'm winning a stay at his hotel! There I am with my prize, excited for all the things I want to do on my next visit to Paris!
The Peninsula Hotels sent just one of MANY roadshow invitations I received lately. We've really missed these in-person events, when sales teams from hotels, tour operators, attractions, destinations, etc. go on the road together hosting lunches, dinners, and cocktail parties for travel advisors. They're always such fun - great food and drinks in cool locations while networking and learning new ways to enhance your itineraries.
Of course I choose my events strategically otherwise I'd never be in the office! I'm looking forward to a VisitScotland event at BLACKBARN Restaurant on Thursday as part of Tartan Week in NYC "to learn about unique Scottish experiences" and about "luxury Scottish products and quirky hidden gems that will live long in the memory." This week I'm also attending an event with Sina Hotels because clients have enjoyed stays with them in Italy before and I have a couple checking into Sina The Gray Milan in just a few days. Why do events like these matter? Because when my guests arrive at their hotel in Milan for the first time, they'll be treated very well, as known clients of Nine Muses Travel. Relationships I nurture in the industry matter - for you.
I also want to share a story of how I helped a client last week with a trip she planned on her own because she didn't want to bother me with "just a hotel booking." She'd reserved the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Hawaii Island, and I stepped in because they participate in Marriott International's Luminous program to which I have membership access. Marriott and I were able to upgrade her stay in a ton of valuable ways - without costing her a penny more. I also have membership status with hotel groups like Four Seasons, Belmond, Hyatt, Hilton, Accor, and more, so don't be shy about coming to me for "just hotels" because I'm here to help you get treated everywhere like the VIP you are!
Lastly, if you love to cruise, you probably already heard the CDC removed its Travel Health Notice for cruising last Wednesday. Since I'll be on a short ocean cruise in about five months for Gifted Travel Network's annual conference, it's certainly welcome (if not overdue) news.
So where are you headed next? When was the last time YOU were in Paris - or Italy, Scotland, Hawaii, or on a cruise? Whatever destination is next for you, let me help you travel like a VIP!
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