Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The New Monterey



Photo Courtesy of SeeMonterey.com

I do not have to tell you that Monterey is a great destination for meetings and incentives. You already know that. So why am I writing this?

First… in keeping with our Mission Statement to share cool stuff you can use, we keep adding descriptions and links to suppliers of all kinds to our Ever-Expanding Meeting Resource Library. Bookmark It. You need an idea or a contact, go there. It’s a free searchable resource of “good”.

Second reason… Monterey is in the midst of a major renovation, the main component being the completely re-born Monterey Conference Center, plus the make-over of everything around it Yes, it’s Major.

With all of that in mind, here is a very brief guide to what is happening in Monterey. We’ll keep adding things as we find them, but here is Chapter One. And by the way… there is so much there that in the interest of time and your ability to process, we have decided it’s better to split Monterey off from Carmel/Pacific Grove/Pebble Beach for the moment. We’ll get to that in another article. Promise.


Monterey Conference Center

The BIG NEWS: The Conference Center is undergoing a $60 million renovation and plans to open in mid-summer 2017. By providing a modern, state-of-the-art meeting facility combined with all of the other incredible things Monterey has to offer, it is back on the map for larger events and meetings.

As a stand-alone facility, the Conference Center offers 41,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, featuring a 19,150 square-foot exhibit hall and brand new junior ballroom divisible in 5 that is just under 10,000 square feet. In partnership with its three adjacent hotels (see below), the new Conference Connection provides 70,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition and banquet space, 700 deluxe hotel rooms (right there) and many more in very close proximity. www.montereyconferencecenter.org

Marriott Monterey

A member of Monterey’s Conference Connection (and connected to the Conference Center by Skybridge), the 341-room Monterey Marriott offers16,000 square feet of onsite event space. The top floor 3500 sq. ft. Ferrantes Bay View room is aptly named and features awesome views of Monterey Bay.

And of course… downtown Monterey is right there, and everything else is… right there. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mryca-monterey-marriott/

Portola Plaza Hotel and Spa

First thing you notice about this 379-room Four Diamond LEED certified hotel… it’s connected to the new Conference Center. So connected, it seems to be the same thing It’s not, but it is definitely has the Location thing going for it. By itself, it offers 50,000 square feet of meeting space, and groups routinely use both the Conference Center and the hotel. (Historical Note… I had a group that used both facilities in 1980. Pretty funny).

But that is far from all… it’s right next to a state historic park (let’s add 60k square feet of outdoor space), and about a two-minute walk from the Wharf and the Beach. There is also a Brewery on property, bocce ball courts, and get this… a Salvador Dali museum right next door.

There are a billion other things. Check it out at www.portolahotel.com 

Hotel Pacific

Like its Conference Center neighbor across the street, the 105-room (all Jr. Suites) Hotel Pacific (a member of The Conference Connection) has also undergone a complete refurbishment.  The hotel offers three meeting rooms, the largest of which is 951 square feet. My handy calculator tells me that is 39 max., classroom. Max. But… it is right there, and all of the downtown Monterey stuff is right there too. www.hotelpacific.com

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

The facts… 290-room Four-Star property on Cannery Row overlooking the Bay. 17,000 square feet of indoor space, 13k of outdoor space (also overlooking the Bay). Their marketing speak says it combines elegance and sophistication… I find that both interesting and fascinating. Just teasing. I have stayed there on multiple occasions and It’s a really, really great hotel.

If you are thinking of Monterey, you would be doing a dis-service to your group if you did not at least ask them for a proposal. www.montereyplazahotel.com

Intercontinental The Clement Monterey

This 208-room luxury hotel overlooking the Monterey Bay is literally next door to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and on historic Cannery Row. It features 12 meeting rooms and 16,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space.

Note… on one page of its web site it says “the sapphire waters of Monterey Bay” and on another it says “the cobalt waters of Monterey Bay”. I am no judge of that. All I know is… I have stayed there, I have booked groups there (more than once), the staff is great, it’s right on the water (regardless of the color) and it is beautiful there. www.ictheclementmonterey.com


Hyatt Regency Monterey

This 550-room resort has The Del Monte Golf Course next door, a Spa and 40,000 square feet of meeting space. It’s not in downtown Monterey (it’s a Resort), but is “nestled” (their word) on 22 acres just a short drive away. I am not sure why resorts in general always seemed to be “nestled’ somewhere, but that is a subject for an entirely different article. Anyway…

It’s a great resort and, like all Hyatt Regency’s, does a great job. Consider them and Request a Proposal. monterey.regency.hyatt.com

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Do I really have to say anything about the Monterey Bay Aquarium other than if you have a group in Monterey you just have to try and have an event there? It’s famous and deserves its reputation. Just do it. www.montereybayaquarium.org/


The Sardine Factory

Speaking of iconic venues, The Sardine Factory has been doing what they do since 1968. It’s now a tradition that if you are anybody who is anybody, you dine there when you’re in town. It deserves its reputation (as in, it’s really good and deserves its reputation).

They take groups and because the restaurant has several private and semi-private areas, they can be very flexible with group size. In addition, they have a great private dining room in their wine cellar (for up to 28) and can do wine tastings, food and wine pairings, and… a lot of eating and drinking. www.sardinefactory.com

Monterey Beach House

Located on the sand (not kidding) this venue is the only venue on the Central Coast offering beach front access for corporate events and is within walking distance (not kidding) of the conference center, all of the hotels around it, Fisherman’s Wharf and downtown. Note to meeting planners…saves on transportation.

They cater both indoor and outdoor… from the gourmet to s’mores on the beach (with bonfires). They offer team building activities such as but not limited to; Wine and Paint Nights, Sand Castle Building, Kayaking and Volleyball Tournaments. Inside, they can accommodate 250 for sit down dining or 400 standing. Need to go really big? They can handle up to 1,500 for combined inside/outside events. www.montereybeachhouse.com

The Monterey CVB

The MCCVB team will match your needs to hotel and resort options that include 200 properties and nearly 12,000 guest rooms. Like all of the best CVBs, they save you time by providing complimentary services as the liaison between your group and their member hotels, offering visitor services and registration staff. And one other thing about them… they are really good at what they do. www.seemonterey.com


That’s it for now… except I have to make a few important points. First, this is obviously not everything in Monterey. We’ll keep adding as we go. Second… We didn’t even talk about Carmel. That’s an entire article on its own (and will be forthcoming). I just know that readers can only read so much so I have to break it up… and everything goes into the EVER-EXPANDING Meeting Resource Library that you can search at leisure.

AND… bookmark allthingsmeetings.com, share it with your colleagues, and click on everything. AND… come to one (or all) of our Trade Shows so you can meet suppliers and form your own relationships, AND… if there is something you want me to write about, tell me.

(AND... If you happen to be in San Francisco on April 26th, join me at our 16th Annual All Things Meetings San Francisco Reception and Trade Show. Admission is FREE for Qualified Meeting & Event Planners. Featuring Over 95 Travel Suppliers From Around The World. Plus Great Food, Wine and... Lots of Prizes. APRIL 26, 2017 5:30 - 8pm at the newly renovated and expanded Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39, San Francisco. CLICK TO GO REGISTERhttp://allthingsmeetings.com/attendee-registration

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Monday, September 16, 2013

New This Week September 19, 2013

Cafe Royal in London has reopened as a luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of central London. Lovely deal just posted in Special Offers Marketplace. If you need to plan a meeting or event in London you must check out this place. Combining architectural heritage with contemporary design, Café Royal hotel boasts a selection of meeting rooms, the largest hosting up to 200 people. From the beautifully restored Pompadour Suite, rich with historical detail, to the cutting-edge boardroom – all spaces are equipped with the latest technology and bask in natural light.




And remember if you can’t find the deal you want, we can find it for you for free with our complimentary concierge meeting planning services. http://allthingsmeetings.com or email us at neil@allthingsmeetings.com

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New This Week September 7, 2013


Jot EventConnect a division of Online-Reg offers conference registration services, attendance tracking, lead retrieval and much more. They posted a compelling special offer valued at $3,600. 






















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And remember if you can’t find the deal you want, we can find it for you for free with our complimentary concierge meeting planning services. http://allthingsmeetings.com or email us at neil@allthingsmeetings.com



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review your recent meeting & event suppliers and get entered to win $100

In celebration of the launch of our new section Peer Reviews we are running a content for the month of September. Rate your favorite Meeting and Event Suppliers and be entered to win $100 Gift Card. Each Review = 1 entry. Review as many suppliers as you like. More details













And remember if you can’t find the deal you want, we can find it for you for free with our complimentary concierge meeting planning services. http://allthingsmeetings.com or email us at neil@allthingsmeetings.com

Thursday, August 29, 2013

New This Week August 29, 2013

Makena Resort on Maui
Experience the magic of Makena. Named in Hawaiian for “place of abundance”. The magic of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort lies in its great location directly in front of one of Maui’s best kept secrets and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Situated on 1800 acres at the southern end of Maui, the Makena-Wailea is a world-class Maui resort destination that is abundantly beautiful and offers plenty to see and do. Meeting and special event facilities at Makena Beach & Golf Resort range from indoor venues including a 5,200 square-foot ballroom and lanai overlooking the Atrium garden and koi ponds to a variety of spacious outdoor locations offering stunning coastal and golf course views.  Conferences and special events are easily and comfortably accommodated in boardroom, breakout rooms and luxurious hospitality suites at beautiful Makena.  Featuring flexible indoor event space for up to 520 guests and a variety of stunning outdoor venues for up to 1000 guests, Makena offers the ideal Maui event venue for receptions, theme parties, and dining events.  Makena has hosted memorable events through natural beauty, creativity, and flexibility.  Whatever meeting or event needs you may have, Makena offers an ideal Maui meeting venue.
The Makena Resort has a special Group Inclusive Package which has 10 inclusions: Book by December 31, 2013 to take advantage of this abundant offer.

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Hawthorne Hotel, Salem MA
The Hawthorne Hotel’s friendly and attentive service, seaside location and charming surroundings make it particularly attractive for business meetings or social gatherings of any size. Here, executives can meet in comfort and privacy. The second-floor conference level has been designed with the greatest attention to detail. It includes flexible meeting space, as well as easily accessible restrooms. 
Book between September 15, 2013 and March 31, 2014 for a meeting between December 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, & you will get a great deal.

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Hotels of Switzerland
Located in Bern, Flims, Gstaad, Interlaken, Lucerne, Montreux, St. Moritz has a special late summer deal. August 25 – Sept 15
We offer the finest five star hotels in Switzerland. Our luxurious guest rooms and state of the art meeting facilities ensure your next program will run as effortlessly and efficiently as an elegant hand made Swiss timepiece

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IVI DMC Cancun
IVI DMC2 is a company specialized in providing full planning and logistics services in various destinations for meetings and incentives.  We are experts in the design and execution of events for Groups and incentives. With presence in 8 countries, we cover over 40 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ask us about our special promotional off-property rates for your M&I programs in Cancun and Riviera Maya!
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And remember if you can’t find the deal you want, we can find it for you for free with our complimentary concierge meeting planning services. http://allthingsmeetings.com or email us at neil@allthingsmeetings.com

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New This Week August 21, 2013

JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa
If you are looking for a supreme ocean-front location to host Cancun Meetings, Events, Incentive Trips or Conferences, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa offers expert event planners and a variety of services to fulfill all your expectations. This 5 diamond resort can host events of up to 1,800 attendees, and shares conference, restaurant, and recreation facilities with the adjoining Casa Magna Marriott Cancun Resort. Together, both resorts offer one of the best options to host big events and conferences in Cancun with a grand total of 800 guest rooms and over 80,000 square feet of function and meeting space.
New All Inclusive Package for Groups has everything and more. Check out the long list of products and services that are included in this deal.






















San Francisco Marriott Marquis
The Marriott Marquis hotel in San Francisco, CA, having completed a $90 million rejuvenation in June 2013, exudes an essence of modern luxury and the convenience of an extraordinary downtown San Francisco hotel. Just south of Market Street, this San Francisco, CA hotel next to the Moscone Convention Center. Renowned as a meeting hotel in San Francisco, this business hotel provides flexible and expansive event venues with 117,000 square feet of flexible meeting space equipped with modern meeting amenities. If yo ucan plan your meeting on or before October 31 you will be able to take advantage of their special deal.

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Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
Welcome to the first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels. All the coolness you expect from a Hard Rock Hotel venue, now with Caribbean warmth and all-inclusive meeting and incentive pricing. When we say all-inclusive…we mean all-inclusive. With no cost overruns for food, snacks, beverages including alcohol, meetings, parties, banquets, receptions, room service, phone calls or even Wi-Fi, planning a meeting, incentive trip, conference or event at a new Hard Rock all-inclusive is so easy.
Book your Meeting before September 20th 2013 and receive a Special Hard Rock Themed party with Rock Band included! 

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Hyatt Regency SFO
We are one of the largest hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area with 789 guest’s rooms, 55,000 square feet of function space, including 8,235 square feet of pre-function space, 18,148 square foot Grand Peninsula Ballroom. Conveniently located by the airport Hyatt Regency SFO has been rated one of the top airport hotels in North America. Select from a list of perks. 2 concessions OR 3 concessions if your meeting happens in August or September.

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And remember if you can’t find the deal you want, we can find it for you for free with our complimentary concierge meeting planning services. http://allthingsmeetings.com or email us atneil@allthingsmeetings.com