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Celebrate Your Vices!

August 26, 2010

As an event planner, I am always looking for a new way to theme out an event and I often struggle to think of something that hasn’t already been done to death.  When I read CNN’s article “America’s healthiest pleasures: 10 ‘vices’ that are good for you” I was inspired.  How much fun would it be to host an event that speaks to our vices?! 

According to Health.com the top vices are:

  1. Sleep
  2. Taking a day off
  3. Sex
  4. Chocolate
  5. Friends
  6. Fat
  7. Coffee
  8. Massage
  9. Sun
  10. Wine

I can just see picking out 5 or more of these vices and setting up interactive themed areas for each, incorporating messaging, giveaways and experiences along the way.  Hosting a full chocolate bar, including a wide variety of chocolates (and a chocolate martini of course), roast your own coffee beans with freshly roasted beans available for coffee, on-site massages, sun lamps, wine, vacation giveaways, full-fat foods that are good for you—it all sounds like fun to me! 

Now I just need to find the perfect client for this type of event!

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Book travel with confidence

August 16, 2010

As an event planner, I’m often asked to suggest locations in various markets sight unseen.  Whenever possible, I’ll shoot a mail to someone in that city to see if they are able to provide any insight, but sometimes I’m faced with suggesting a venue or hotel without anything but a website to review.

Enter oyster.com, a website dedicated to providing real, undoctored hotel photos allowing you to book with confidence.  Their claim to “anonymously visit, review and photograph every hotel sold on Oyster.”  They offer a pros and cons list, along with their ‘bottom line’.

Intrigued, I thought I’d check out their thoughts on a hotel I’d stayed at recently in Washington DC, the Embassy Suites – Convention Center. Overall, I agree with their assessment of the hotel and felt that most of the over 200 photos available (including pictures of the food) accurately portrayed my hotel experience.  The pros and cons were on point; the only additional con I would add would be the room service, which I didn’t particularly care for, although it was quick. 

I especially enjoyed the Photo Fakeouts, including this one at Breezes Montego Bay, which shows marketing and Photoshop can make any spot look enticing. 

I tested out a few other hotels on Oyster and would have to agree that they provide an honest look into the inner workings of the hotels they review.  Definitely a site I will visit when making future travel arrangements.

Now if there was just a site for other venues that provided the same service!