Q: What do you get when you mix a plethora
of planners with top destination reps at one
of the world’s premier beach locales?
A: Four days of fun at the inaugural Meetings Today Live!, in Cancun, Mexico!
From Nov. 1-4, a bevy of planners and
hospitality suppliers traveled to the Hard Rock
Hotel Cancun on Mexico’s Caribbean coast,
the host property for the lively event. And it
turned out to be the ideal setting for a rockin’
show filled with learning, one-on-one appointments, networking and plenty of good times.
Meetings Today Live! kicked off on Sunday
night with a an alfresco poolside reception
at the Hard Rock Hotel, hallmarked by a
sprawling outdoor buffet, friendly banter
and the sound of the nearby ocean waves. A
party game providing each attendee with one
mystery “contact” to track down, aided by a
colorful clue, added to the conversation. But
things were just getting started.
A huge highpoint for many was Monday
morning’s post-breakfast educational session
from Janine Driver, a body-language expert
who has spoken on numerous national TV
shows. Driver unveiled a number of key
secrets on what a planner’s own posture and
body language communicates to clients, and
red flags to watch for that others may be
sending about themselves. Monday’s alfresco
dinner at the elegant Sandos Cancun Luxury
Resort was another big hit, where planners
dined on elevated “surf and turf” while a live
band jammed on some cool cover tunes like
Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
Of course, planners and supplier attendees
were on hand to do business as well, and to
that end two sessions of one-on-one networking connections appeared to pay off handsomely for planners and suppliers as well.
“I found the overall program to be very
engaging and memorable,” said Debby
Dubose, a planner with Conference Direct.
“I made contacts that I’ll be doing business
with for several events, and the speaker,
Janine Driver, was just phenomenal.”
Tuesday mixed pleasure and relaxation
with business, as guests enjoyed an after-
noon free to explore the area or just jump
in the resort’s spectacular pool or neighbor-
ing crystal-blue sea. And the evening really
came alive, with attendees posing like stars
alongside a “step and repeat” banner on
their way to an enchantingly lit Hard Rock
Cancun ballroom for steak, lobster and more
live rock tunes. To top off the evening, the
party took to the patio for a karaoke session
that had half the property rocking.
Other event highlights were a high-tech,
high-engagement “goose chase” photo scavenger hunt, overseen by Jeannette Davidson
of the Geoteaming group, and the chance to
tour some of the other amazing resort properties in the notable vacation spot. Favorite
stops included Moon Palace (also host to a
fabulous luncheon), the Westin Resort & Spa
Cancun, and a pair of charming Fiesta Americana properties—the all-inclusive Condesa
and the luxurious Grand Coral Beach.
Meetings Today Live! Rocks Cancun
“I love the attention to detail Meetings Today gives in designing
an engaging and effective live program for our industry.” — Jeannette Davidson, Geoteaming
Nov. 1-4, 2015