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Picking the Right Venue for Your Event

Not everyone is a skilled event or meeting planner, for those that have either elected (or been selected) to plan a large or small scale event, there are a lot of choices out there. Read on to find out what successful event and meeting planners consider when selecting a venue.

What kind of event is it?

This is the place to start. The needs for large corporate events is obviously quite different than those of weddings or social events. Many venues cater to both, but stop to consider the type of environment that you are hoping to create. I’ve planned weddings in spaces that were geared more for the corporate crowd, and it can be quite challenging to create the kind of romantic ambiance that most couples desire for their wedding. Meetings also have different needs than weddings, so while a venue may be a beautiful setting, it’s important to know if an event venue will be able to provide you with what you need to have a successful event. 

Location, Location, Location

This is an important consideration for a number of reasons. Take into account the accessibility of the event venue in relation to where the attendees are coming from. Business meetings held off site of the hotel will require some form of ground transportation, perhaps on a very large scale. Ground transportation companies work with event planners daily providing them with group transportation, and there are many options to work with, but definitely something to keep in mind while making this choice.

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Catering 

Many venues have onsite catering, which is a very convenient feature, however, I’ve worked with a number of venues that don’t provide it as well. Regardless of whether or not you are using onsite or off, generally whoever is providing the catering will be the one providing the service staff as well. Generally venues have preferred vendors that they will be happy to put you in touch with if you are not familiar with any caterers.

Inside or Outside?

If you are in charge of planning a social event, outdoor spaces weather permitting, can create amazing events. Some things to remember when making this choice. 

  • Guest Attire – Women in heels walking around in grass will make for some crabby women
  • Regional Weather – If you have some sketchy weather that changes at the drop of a hat, have a back up plan inside should you need it.
  • Vendor Access – Bear in mind what vendor you will be using and how they will get what they need to your event
  • Wireless Internet/Electricity – Make sure your event venue can accommodate these needs.
  • Handicapped Guests – Think about any guests you may have and mobility issues concerning stairs, remote locations or wheelchairs on uneven surfaces.

These are just a few of the many considerations you will be making while planning your event. Employing a little out of the box thinking will go a long way in making sure that you are thinking like an event planner and all of your bases are covered with the right event venue.

Travel-related trusts are allowing families to travel around the world

Imagine this: allowing your children and grandchildren to go on an exotic location, such as Prague or Casablanca, without having them spend their hard earned money to pay for it. For many people who want to leave something for their loved ones once they've passed away, paying for their family members to travel is becoming a lot more common than ever before.

A recent article from The Associated Press reported that many family members are setting up travel-related trusts, which have allowed relatives to visit countries they may otherwise not have the opportunity to go to.

But this globetrotting does serve a purpose greater than just getting away. The article stated that the creators of the trust often want their beneficiaries to reconnect with extended relatives in foreign lands, perform missionary work or even take advantage of learning a new language abroad.

"You could give them money and they could go and buy a new car with it, or you could give them this and they can use it to create memories," Jim Bendt, president of Travel Beyond of Minneapolis, told the news source.

Some people who have set up travel-related trusts specify a certain country or city that they want their loved ones to spend time in. For example, the Liebman family was able to travel to Israel to visit their kin thanks to the generous gift of their in-laws.

And the benefits of journeying around the world has extended far beyond the many pictures they've gotten to add to their scrapbook. They've been able to reconnect with loved ones they might have not had the chance to otherwise.

"It was really money well spent," Lee Lieb

If you've been lucky enough to be the recipient of this trust, consider using some of the travel money on a luxury sedan service. Hermes Worldwide knows that dealing with public transportation, cabs and rental cars can be aggravating, especially if you are unfamiliar with driving around the country you're visiting.

Instead of worrying about how to get from point A to point B, let one of Hermes' experienced chauffeurs take you wherever you need to go. Whether it's getting from the airport to the hotel or from your rented villa to a museum in the city you are in, you can rest assured that our door-to-door service will take the stress out of traveling so you can enjoy your trip.

Getting the most out of a Hawaiian vacation

When one thinks of an exotic vacation, Hawaii is undoubtedly one of the first places that comes to mind. With the right itinerary, a trip to the islands of America's 50th state can be the vacation of a lifetime. On the other hand, it's very easy for ill-informed travelers to get sucked into tourist traps and end up spending way more than necessary on a mediocre trip.

CNN Travel says that one of the worst times to go to Hawaii is during a school holiday. Aside from outrageously heightened airfare and accommodation rates, the beaches and attractions get so crowded that it's hard to find a place to get the peace and relaxation travelers envisioned when they booked their trip.

Oddly enough, the off-season in Hawaii is in May and October when the weather is at its most temperate. The source says it's not too rainy and it's not too hot during these two months, and the best part is that the price to fly there from the West Coast during those times is half of what it is in July.

For travelers who have never been to Hawaii, it may be tempting to try to see as many different islands as possible while on a short vacation. There just simply isn't enough time to appreciate what each island has to offer if travelers are rushing from one to another each day. That's why the media outlet says that it's best to pick one or two to stick to during a single trip.

When getting around Hawaii, it's always a great idea to utilize luxury transportation services that can make the trip as relaxing as possible. With service in Honolulu, Kauai, Maui and Oahu, Hermes Worldwide is the most reliable provider of luxury SUVs and limousines.

Orsos Island crafts ultimate luxury houseboat

When traveling to exotic destinations, many travelers look to enjoy the finer things in life, like the backseat of a luxury SUV or stretch limousine. But, while these vehicles provide travelers with an excellent way to see the countrysides of foreign locales, they aren't able to give travelers a luxury view of the ocean.

That's where Orsos Island, a company that specializes in producing multimillion-dollar floating homes, comes in. By combining the best of mainland real estate with luxury yachts, the company hopes to appeal to travelers who are looking for a truly unique travel experience.

On July 2, CNN profiled Orsos Island, which for $6.5 million can provide all the comforts of the finest home on the high seas. Offering more than 1,000 square meters of luxurious living, complete with jacuzzis, barbeques, minibars, sun lounges, a 12-member crew and green credentials, like solar panels, that help power the ship, the Orsos Island is looking to alter the luxury yacht industry.

"Since we launched there has been an unbelievable amount of interest in the island," Elizabeth Recsy, Orsos Island's head of communications, told the source in an interview. "Everyday I get inquiries from people all over the world including the [United States], Europe, [the] Middle East and China."

By placing more emphasis on comfort and less on the boat's mechanical ability, the home may not replace the gigayachts as the ultimate in luxury ocean transportation. The source notes the Orsos Island is only powered by two small engines, so traveling long distances with the boat may be cumbersome. 

In addition, those who want to take this type of luxury vacation will have to wait. According to Recsy, the design phase of the Orsos Island was finished only a month ago, and while several pre-orders have been placed, the company won't actually start building the islands until sometime in 2013.

Still, given the benefits it offers – and that production times may shorten with the company's expansion – the news source predicts Orsos Islands could soon be a fixture of luxury travel.

Unique summer date ideas for city dwellers

Summertime is perfect for dating. With more temperate weather, there are so many different things to go out and do, but even for those living in the middle of cities, finding these activities isn't always easy.

While, of course, the two of you could always take a luxury limousine to a fine restaurant with a roof deck, why not try something different? For couples who have been together for years, maybe even decades, try rejuvenating the youthfulness of your relationship by having the driver take you to a park instead.

Of course, be sure to pack a meal, some snacks and a bottle or two of white wine – just don't forget to keep them on ice. Bring a board game that you particularly enjoy playing with each other so that you have something to do aside from eating.

Another great date is to explore a local city from a different point of view – as a tourist. If you were only there for one day, what would you do? In Boston, there's the famous Duck Tours and in New York City, a double-decker tour of the city is another option.

For a more classy excursion, arrange for chauffeured transportation to take you on a personalized trip to all of the hot spots in town, such as memorials, statues and other landmarks.

Near cities like Boston, St. Louis and San Francisco, there are a handful of places to rent a kayak, sailboat or paddle boat. This is a perfect way to see a city from a different angle, and of course, nothing's more romantic than relaxing on the water with a loved one. 

Large increase in July 4th travelers expected this year

Just as with Memorial Day, this year's Independence Day will draw a larger number of travelers to the roads than we've seen in some time.

According to AAA, 42.3 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from their homes during this year's July 4th holiday weekend, which the source defines as July 3 through July 8. The data shows a 4.9 percent increase from last year's figures, and if the prediction is accurate, it would tie with the highest number of travelers in the last decade, which was set in 2007. Perhaps the most staggering statistic is that the estimate represents a nearly 42 percent increase since 2009.

Bill Sutherland, vice president of AAA Travel Services, said in a statement that the spike in expected July 4th travelers this year is the result of a combination of things: the fact that the holiday falls in the middle of the week, decreases in gas prices across the country and the general "appetite" that Americans have for traveling.

"This is the second holiday this year where travelers indicated a determination to travel while economizing by actively seeking value-added travel options and activities," Sutherland said. "A healthy travel industry is critical to the overall well-being of our economy and consistent increases in travel are encouraging."

Travelers who do not intend to driving themselves to their destination this July 4th holiday and would like to avoid dealing with the complications that come with public transportation can book luxury transportation for themselves and their family. Hermes Worldwide not only offers fine limousines, they also specialize in group transportation and airport van service in major cities all over the globe.

Brews, baseball and bass: The perfect gifts for dad this Father’s Day

Finding the right gift for dad on Father's Day isn't always easy. A recent survey conducted by RetailMeNot.com revealed that most of the fathers who participated in the study would prefer quality time with family or a homemade gift over a tangible gift that costs money. That being said, it's no question that most dads would rather go on an excursion with their children or spouses. While Father's Day is right around the corner, there's still time to plan a getaway for you and your dad.

If time is a concern and getting days off from work may be difficult, one great option is to bring dad to a baseball game in a luxury limousine. It's the perfect way to mix a bit of the relationship you have now with the one you had growing up. With chauffeured transportation, you obviously don't need to worry about driving, which means the two of you can enjoy some drinks together as well.

If baseball isn't dad's thing, there are plenty of breweries all over the world in close proximity to major cities. For a very small fee, most breweries are more than happy to give guests a tour of the facility and usually let them do some sampling of the product. Book a hotel room for a night and arrange a luxury SUV or limo to escort you both to the breweries so you can test their beers without worrying about getting home safely.

Another fine option is a weekend fishing trip. The great part about this idea is that the planning process only involves a reservation at a campground. Of, if you want to rough it out in the woods by a lake, you don't need to reserve any lodging at all. And chances are, your father will be so thrilled to get outside and go fishing, he'll naturally take it upon himself to figure out a lot of the details, like getting all of the right equipment.

America’s best national parks recognized in new National Geographic book

National parks are revered deeply by many Americans today. To commemorate the great parks in the country as well as educate people on the stories behind each one, National Geographic has released a new book called, "The 10 Best of Everything: National Parks."

The Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in California, known for the enormous redwood trees that are so wide roads have been paved right through their bases, sits atop the book's list, earning recognition for being America's best park. An unsurprising inclusion at number 10 is Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

But even those who aren't particularly crazy about being outdoors can find destinations on the book's list, such as Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York City – number five – and New Orleans Jazz Historical Park – number seven.

Anyone who would rather hop into a luxury SUV and see the sites from the road can check out the sixth location on the list, the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs through North Carolina and Virginia. And, for explorers who want to go for a hike, there's the fourth top national park, the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, which goes through Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Alaska's Alagnak Wild River was granted the number three spot, while Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania was NatGeo's runner up.

Travelers who want to visit these beautiful, history-rich destinations but are in need of chauffeured transportation can arrange everything from a luxury limousine to coaches from Hermes Worldwide. We service most of the aforementioned areas including New York, the Grand Canyon and New Orleans.

Airlines requiring additional fees for window, aisle seats

Air travel can be hectic and expensive as it is, but with airline carriers becoming more innovative in the ways they can draw extra money out of their customers, it doesn't seem like flying is going to get any more affordable anytime in the near future.

According to The Associated Press, a number of airlines have been charging extra for passengers who would like to sit next to a window or the aisle. As a result, families have been forced to pay additional fees if they want to sit together on a flight.

Luckily, not all airlines have adapted this ancillary fee quite yet. Marianne Lindsey from Alaska Airlines explained to MSNBC.com that they don't charge families extra to sit with each other.

"In some instances, however, with full flights, families may not be seated together," Lindsey told the source. "In this instance, we do all that we can to accommodate families requesting seating together, including asking if there are other travelers that would be willing to change their seats for the family. If all four cannot be seated together we try to at least get one parent with each child."

While airlines may be unreliable and charge customers excessively for simple accommodations, travelers can be confident that their ground transportation exceeds their expectations and is not just dependable, it's actually a source of relaxation.

Hermes Worldwide has an established reputation for providing unrivaled luxury transportation and concierge services to customers all over the globe. It's easy to make a quick reservation or request a quote by checking out the Hermes website or giving them a call.

Report ranks the best summer travel destinations for 2012

In order to give trip planners a comprehensive look at the most popular vacation spots across the world, U.S. News & World Report offers annual lists of more than 200 destinations with its Best Vacations rankings.

One of the first portions of the of 2012-2013 list was released on Monday, giving a look at the best locations for summer vacations this year.

Vice president of rankings and reviews for the media outlet, Chad Smolinski explained in a statement that the publication takes into consideration more than 300,000 votes from visitors to USNews.com, as well as thousands of opinions from travel experts to compile the yearly rankings.

Atop this year's best summer vacation destination list was Nice, France, followed by the Greek island Mykonos, Maui, San Francisco and Paris. The British Virgin Islands was recognized for having the most relaxing beaches in the world, while the Outer Banks, North Carolina was crowned the best location for a family beach vacation in the United States.

Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park was certainly the biggest winner of the rankings though, finding itself atop three different lists for being this year's best cheap summer vacation spot, best family vacation destination in the United States and best overall family summer vacation destination. 

With service in Nice, Paris, Maui and San Francisco, Hermes Worldwide provides the best and most reliable luxury transportation services for travelers, whether they need airport service or a private ride around town. To make a quick reservation with Hermes, which services travelers in most major cities across the globe, simply go to their website or give them a call.