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!

Take a sneak peek at our most recent travels….

Last week our CEO, Michael Velasquez, and Business & Account Manager, Kal Matar, took a trip to New Orleans, Biloxi and Atmore to scout out the location for this year’s HITEC 2016 and visit some current and potential clients.

The first stop on their trip was New Orleans, Louisiana where they stayed at the Four Points Sheraton on Bourbon Street.

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The rooms are French Colonial inspired and the location is right at the center of Bourbon Street making it a prime location to stay this June for HITEC 2016!

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The duo had a great time taking in the culture and history of the city as they visited venue locations for a joint event to be held during this year’s HITEC 2016 in June.

Next, it was off to Biloxi, Mississippi. The team really enjoyed spending time with our Biloxi clients and were happy to see the properties first hand. Even more exciting, all were interested in our new product S.T.A.R.!

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The last stop on their trip before returning to New Orleans was to Atmore, Alabama to visit a new client. The team really enjoyed seeing the area and meeting our clients face to face!

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All-in-all the trip was a great success! Stay tuned for more travel updates coming soon!

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!

The Top 5 Places You Need to Visit During the Holidays

The holidays are traditionally the time of year when most people spend time with family. But instead of packing everyone in the SUV on a road trip to grandma’s house next year, consider these 5 great holiday travel destinations instead:

1. Key West, FL

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Escape the cold December weather and head to Key West, there’s plenty of holiday fun to be had! Be sure to check out the annual lighted boat parade, the Holly Jolly Trolley or catch a performance of The Nutcracker!

 

2. New York, New York

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Kevin had the right idea in Home Alone 2. Staying at The Plaza. Seeing the holiday tree at Rockefeller Center. Taking in some holiday music at Carnegie Hall. New York is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit!

3. Puerto Rico

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Another trip for the cold adverse traveler. Be warned though, Puerto Rico really knows how to celebrate; holiday festivities in Puerto Rico start in late November and can continue until mid-January!

4. Nuremburg, Germany

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What better place to visit than the home of the original Christkindlmarkt? You can get lost in all the market has to offer for days!

5. Chicago

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We may be biased because Percipia is located in Chicago, but The Windy City is our favorite place to spend the holidays! There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks, The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and America’s very own Christkindlmarkt. (Check out our blog post on Chicago’s Christkindlmarkt here)

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.

Boston, Massachusetts 2015

Our Director of Business Development, Katherine Smolko, traveled all the way to Cambridge, Massachusetts to take a family tour of Harvard. While she was there Smolko took some great photo’s of the campus and got to visit Paul Revere’s grave site. Check out the photo’s below!

Smolko also shared that she got to stay at the InterContinental Boston and had a wonderful stay! She thanks them for their astounding hospitality.

Where’s Kal? | The Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley offers the best in lodging convenience. The Village features world-class amenities and services. This beautiful property consists of 5 unique buildings surrounded by charming cobblestone walkways. The first level, below the guest suites boasts diverse boutiques, a variety of dining options, lively bars and pubs an art gallery and a full service Spa. The Village at Squaw Valley is an all suite resort property. All Suites have a full size kitchen with granite counter tops and slate tile flooring, a hydronic floor heating system, a full size family room with automatic gas fireplace, private balcony with majestic mountain views.

  • Year Built 2005
  • Exhibit Space 6,000 Sq.Ft.
  • Proximity from Airport 45 Miles 
  • Number of Suites 285
  • Number of Single Rooms 100 
  • Number of Double Rooms 65
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This year-round resort is situated in beautiful Lake Tahoe where on average there are over 300 days of California sunshine. With endless options of activities there’s something for everyone. Check out the map below to discover how close The Village is to you.

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The Village is committed to maintaining the original Olympic House and Members Locker Rooms that have been in use since the 1960s. Squaw Valley was also named the Official Training Destination of IRONMAN for the Western United States.

“We are excited to enter into this sponsorship agreement with Squaw Valley as they will be able to offer our IRONMAN community a terrific training experience,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for World Triathlon Corporation (d/b/a IRONMAN). “We are confident that Squaw Valley will continue to develop as a top notch training venue for triathletes.” 

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Did you locate Kal?! Let us know where he is in the comment section! If you have ever been to The Village at Squaw Valley or plan on visiting, please let us know! Tweet us @Percipia1 if you want us to feature a specific property!