Final Four Planning Filled with Excitement and Challenges

1 Apr

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It’s official. Conlin Athletic Tours is selling tour packages to the NCAA Final Four as the official tour operator on behalf of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. The Wolverines have not made it this far in 20 years. It was a thrill to watch the clock wind down during Sunday’s game when Michigan beat Florida in Arlington, Texas to advance to the Final Four. We’re so pleased for the team and our Alumni Association clients. We’re headed to Atlanta!

As with all of our successful group travel ventures, the keys to success are careful planning, using only the best suppliers, knowing what works, and what doesn’t. That comes from decades of group travel experience.

The planning for the tour was very detailed by the “Sweet 16” stage, but doing our best not to “black cat the deal”, nothing was announced or promoted until it was official that Michigan was to advance to the Final Four.

The registration websites are live and will close in just days. We’re packing up our staff and getting ready to head south prior to the arrival of several hundred die-hard Michigan fans. See you in Atlanta!

Is it Safe to Travel to Mexico?

5 Mar
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Island Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I was a bit puzzled when I read a few days ago the Texas Department of Public Safety once again advises vacationers to avoid traveling to Mexico for spring break. Although no formal advisory was issued this year, officials made it clear through media outlets that “the stance has not changed” and violence is still prevalent.

As I wrote around this time last year, we can’t deny that the drug-related terror and violence doesn’t exist. It does and it is tragic. However, I can still say, with 100 percent certainty, that I still feel safe in Mexico.

Even the U.S. State Department, in its latest Mexico traveling warning, gave the green light to tourists. From Cabo to Cancun, from San Miguel de Allende and Leon to Chichen Itza, the calm of Mexican culture awaits. Indecently, this last report broke down each region in Mexico, giving travelers a zoomed-in look at potential threats state-by-state. Regardless, State says that resort destinations are safe.

I have a client that takes his company’s President’s Club to Mexico every year. Overall, the service at some of the more luxurious Mexican resorts far surpasses that of the Bahamas and Caribbean. Mexico is beautiful, affordable, accessible, hassle-free and, most of all, safe.

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Happy 2013!

2 Jan

 

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Happy Thanksgiving Travelers

21 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Conlin Incentive Group. Safe travels!

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This City Became World Famous in 1978

30 Oct

What city did JR Ewing make famous in 1978? Guess correctly in the comments and I’ll send you a prize.

CLUE: Pictured below is  the Reunion Tower, the Hyatt Regency and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (background).

CLUE: The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was designed by  Santiago Calatrava. Construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2012.

CLUE: Although the observation deck is closed for renovation, locals and tourists alike enjoy the spectacular city views from a top of Reunion Tower at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 Mon – Thurs.

CLUE: Reunion Tower’s white globe was replaced in 2012 with thousands of multi-colored LED lights, each one hand placed around the top of the tower.

REVEAL: Dallas, Texas Congratulations to our winners! I should have another photo challenge the week of Nov. 12th.

Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Claim token: 8AP8VFMA3FS9

Name This Beach

24 Oct

Love beaches? Name the famous beach below for a prize. The first clue will come tomorrow.

Update: Well, no clues necessary because I got a winner. The photo is of Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

Where is your favorite beach? 

Waikiki Beach - Hawaii

Waikiki Beach

Jackson Pollock Painting

9 Oct

New York City is home to many museums. What museum displays this Jackson Pollock painting? (The first person who guesses correctly in the comments wins a prize.)

CLUE: This NYC museum has roots in Paris, France. It was in 1866 when a small group of Americans decided to bring art and art education to the American people in the form of a national institution.

CLUE: Today, the Museum’s two-million-square-foot building houses over two million objects, tens of thousands of which are on view at any given time.

CLUE: In 1910, this NYC museum was the first public institution in the world to acquire a work of art by one, Henri Matisse.

CLUE: During the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011, this museum welcomed 5.68 million visitors from around the world to the main building on Fifth Avenue and The Cloisters museum and gardens.

REVEAL: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

This Jackson Pollock painting hangs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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