I just returned from Destination Caribbean 2016, a Successful Meetings event,
hosted by Northstar Travel Group. We were proud to sponsor speaker Dr. Gary Bradt who spoke about adapting to change. The event was held at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Aruba. The island and the entire event was drenched with sunshine, fabulous food, and smiling faces (both attendees and locals). There is a reason Aruba is called “one Happy island” and I was one happy person to be there.
We started with a gorgeous opening reception on the beach, followed by 2 days of one-on-one appointments, site visits, an amazing display of food and cocktails, education, tours of the island, shopping, and great networking opportunities with industry peers. The appointments are beneficial for planners and suppliers, set up speed dating style, to provide ample opportunity to meet with as many people as possible. The Island, DMCs, restaurants, and hotels were all showcased and delivered an outstanding event. Kudos to the Northstar staff for all of their hard work in the planning and execution of it all.
Thank you to the event sponsors – Aruba, The Ritz Carlton, Eco Destination Management, The British Virgin Islands, Procolombia, Hilton, Epic Destination Managements Services, Hyatt, Maui Jim, Delta, Rennaissance, Red Sail Sports, Site Florida and Caribbean, and Goodman Speakers Bureau.