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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!

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Believe It or Not, Boston is an Excellent Incentive Trip Destination

14 Jun

Boston is a great location for meetings and conventions, but it’s also an excellent destination for group incentives.  Earlier this month, I assisted our “sister company”, Crossing Boundaries, with a client’s incentive trip to Boston.   The Four Seasons did a superb job, as usual, and our Designated Management Company (DMC), Best of Boston, excelled.   The client treated their top independent insurance agents to private “buy-out” dinners at Fenway Park’s Right Field Roof Deck (pictured), where they enjoyed a beautiful evening watching the Red Sox play the Detroit Tigers.  Lobster rolls, anyone?

Following that, the group enjoyed a private evening at the JFK Library and Museum, and ended with an evening at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  Daily activities included guided tours around Boston, and day trips up the North Shore; South to Newport, Rhode Island and one to Lexington and Concord.

As part of the trip, the top agents could choose from a number of optional activities including biking tours, walking tours, rowing on the Charles River, an “academia” tour of Harvard and MIT, art museum tours, and of course, Sam Adams Brewery.

These agents were definitely treated to the “Best of Boston”.   And, Boston is one of America’s best cities to visit.  Wouldn’t you agree?