Percipia Fall 2016 Event

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In the midst of a very productive and busy year, a Chicago Team outing was overdue. Michael Velasquez, CEO, wanted to take the Chicago Team to Lucky Strike to have some food, drinks and fun!

 

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This year an Operations vs. Admin/Sales tournament took place. Considering that many of the team members are non-bowlers, many strike’s and spar’s were rolled down the lanes. Admin/Sales Team Won! (sorry Ops)

We wanted to send a special thank you to Michael Velasquez and Lucky Strike Chicago for making this a memorable event!

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BITAC 2016

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Next week Percipia will take on BITAC 2016 at the Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort in Cancún, QR, Mexico. BITAC brings together a collection of hospitality purchasing professionals from all over the world. BITAC attendees are from different departments within a hospitality property; they could be from Food & Beverage, IT or even General Managers.

The intimate setup of BITAC allows for prescheduled meetings that are timed with fifteen minute increments. Vendors will get a chance to meet with 20-25 professionals in two days. The cost savings of BITAC verse traveling to individual properties is a one of the main reason why the show gets huge publicity.

Michael Velasquez, CEO, and Cody Martin, Global Director of Sales, will have a chance to really show our new product S.T.A.R. to the industry. S.T.A.R. is Percipia’s new Service Tracking And Response software. S.T.A.R. is a back of house ticketing and dispatch system that will completely streamline your property, save money and increase guest satisfaction.

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If you are unable to attend BITAC 2016 but would love to get to know S.T.A.R. a little better, please feel free to contact us for a collateral and a demo!

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club Visit

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We are thrilled to have visited The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club this week!

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Our CEO, Michael Velasquez had the pleasure of visiting this stunning property earlier this week. The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is one of the most prestigious hotels near Duke University and has an extensive history dating back to 1988.

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Duke University Golf Club 9th Hole
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While there, Michael stayed in one of the beautifully appointed 271 guest rooms located within the 300 acres of the Duke Forest. When asked about his stay Michael said, “The property was immaculate and the staff were incredibly hospitable. It was a brief business trip but I really enjoyed my time and I will definitely be back!”

Welcome to the team, Jeremy!

Please welcome our newest employee, Jeremy to the team!

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It is always nerve-racking coming into a new company and trying to break the ice. Ensuring that new employees feel comfortable is crucial to building a positive transition within a company. We thought it would be fun to ask Jeremy a few questions to get to know him a little better.

Q: What is your official work title?
A: Systems Support Specialist

Q: Can you tell us more about your professional experience/history?
A: I studied engineering at the Illinois Institute of technology, decided to join the military, and then went on to co-found an open source hardware project which aims to make learning electronics easier and more approachable to people of all ages.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I’m a member of the Air National Guard and I’m also involved in the Maker Movement. When I’m not doing that I enjoy taking pictures and playing ukulele.

Q: What are your greatest travel experience?
A: I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life. Even though I’ve been to Paris, seen the Great Pyramids with my own eyes, and happened to fly over Yellowstone right as Old Faithful was erupting, I’d have to say that my greatest travel experience was coming home for Christmas after being gone for nine months.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Serenity

Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?
A: The Pixies

Q: What is something that inspires you?
A: What inspires me most is how beautiful the world is. Even in places you wouldn’t expect.

Q: What would you say your professional goal would be now that you are employed at Percipia?
A: As a person who’s stayed at fair number of hotels I know how important hospitality is and I definitely want to improve that experience as much as possible. However, I also seek to learn as much as I can about voice over ip and enterprise technologies so that I can help our customers focus on what they’re good at.

Top 4 attractions to visit in 2016

It’s shaping up to be a great year for tourists across the globe as a handful of new attractions are set to open. Here’s the top 4 places you need visit this year.

1. Dubai Parks and Resorts, United Arab Emirates

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Opening in October, Dubai Parks and Resorts will feature several themed zones, from Legos to Bollywood flicks and Hollywood blockbusters. If you’re looking to escape the heat, the park will have a waterpark too. But don’t worry if you plan to stay dry. The film-themed attractions will be air conditioned.

2. Shanghai Disneyland, Shanghai, China

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Disneyland is headed to China! The upcoming theme park is expected to open sometime this year. It will feature Enchanted Storybook Castle, the largest and tallest Disney castle, as well as an 11-acre collection of gardens called the Gardens of Imagination. Other attractions include Treasure Cove–a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed harbor town, Adventure Isle–the counter-part to Adventureland, and Tomorrowland–which will feature a futuristic Buzz Lightyear-themed adventure.

3. Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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This new Louvre location is set to open later this year. It’s been in development for almost ten years. The museum is said to feature a mix of Western and Eastern artwork. The building itself is quite a piece of art too.

4. Ark Encounter, Kentucky, USA

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Experience a life-sized Noah’s Ark! Opening July 7, Ark Encounter features a number of Biblical events in 510-foot-long wooden arc! Learn more about the story of Noah, how he and his family built the arc and about all the animals brought to fit inside of it.

Where are you planning a visit this year? Let us know in the comments!

Top 5 gifts for travelers

Looking for the perfect gift for the traveler in your family? Here’s five great ideas sure to make any wanderlust person’s list!

1. Under-the-jack pack

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Chances are if you are traveling, especially for work, you’ll be bringing a laptop with you. Instead of having to carry it around in a bag, Betabrand’s ultra slim under-the-jack pack lets you carry your laptop under your jacket. Check it out here. Speaking of laptops…

2. MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air is one of the best laptops around for travelers. It’s slim, powerful and durable, perfect for carrying across the globe.

3. Battery cases

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Another great option: battery cases. The last you want while traveling is a dead phone. A good battery case, like the ones from Mophie, can increase your phone’s battery life by up to 100%.

4. Luggage

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When traveling, you want to invest in quality luggage. Herschel Supply has that and then some. Definitely check out their cool, portable duffles if you want to up your carry-on game. You’d be surprised how much can fit in there.

5. Outlet converters

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If your traveler spends a lot of time out of country, an outlet converter is a perfect stocking stuffer for them. It allows you to plug into almost any foreign wall. Check them out here.

Christkindlmarket

One of the best things about December in Chicago is going to the Christkindlmarket.

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Christkindlmarket is an annual Christmas market held in Daley Plaza every year around the holidays.

The market features all kinds of Christmas-themed vendors and attractions, from baked goods to holiday ornaments and dance groups to bass brands…and of course, Santa!

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Christkindmarket is inspired by Christkindlesmarkt, a German holiday market dating back to the 1500s!

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Christkindlmarket first came to Chicago in 1996, thanks to the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest.

Now in its 19th year, the market brings in more than a million people annually!

 

There’s still plenty of time to check Christkindlmarket out! It runs until Dec. 24. For more information, check out it’s website here.