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!

Croc’s Casino & Resort

On February 12th, 2015 Croc’s Casino and Resort will have its grand opening.  The 152 hotel room/ 44 beachfront condo property is located on the beautiful blue beaches of Jaco, Costa Rica. The feature that makes Croc’s unique would be the full Las Vegas style casino.

“With the management of experts of the gaming industry in Las Vegas, our Casino will be a living experience every day, with top service and entertainment in a tropical setting with ocean views.”

Here is list of features at Croc’s Casino & Resort:

  • Full casino
  • 152 Beachfront Hotel Rooms
  • Fitness center
  • Salon
  • Luxury spa
  • Dance club
  • 3 restaurants
  • Oceanfront bars
  • Retail stores

Whether you are there for vacation, business or weddings Croc’s has everything for everyone. The resort is family friendly and has a ton to offer the little ones like local adventures and water sports. Wedding packages are on their website and feature very reasonable prices for a destination wedding.

We were honored getting selected by Croc’s to install our Latitude and Parallax products at this stunning property. Click here to connect to our website to see the full list of our products.

The resort is now featuring special offers for the month of June 2015, if you are interested in visiting the new property.

TribalNet15

This year the team headed to Las Vegas for TribalNet15. TribalNet is an industry resource for technology professionals in the Native American industry and is the connection between tribal IT leaders and technology available for this unique and specific market.

The conference was held on November 10th – 13th. With speakers and trade show booked throughout. TribalNet is a very important event for Percipia, we see so many individuals in our industry and it is always a blast to network.

Here is a timelapse video we made at the resort!

2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

This Sunday, October 12, 2014, around 45,000 participants will run the streets of Chicago in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish their personal dreams. The Chicago Marathon has been around since 1905. That first race was run on Saturday, September 23, 1905, which began in Evanston and finished in front of a standing-room-only paying crowd at Washington Park race track.

Some runners will finish the race in two hours. In order to do that, they will be running at the speeds of 12.5 mph for a constant two hours. Luckily there will be 200 students from the Chicago Cortiva Institute offing complimentary massage therapy. This will go on between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The massage tent will be located within the 27th Mile Post-Race Party (Southwest corner, adjacent to the Petrillo Band Shell).

This year’s event times:
Marathon Wheelchair – 7:20 a.m.
Marathon Handcycle – 7:21 a.m.
Athletes with Disabilities – 7:22 a.m.
Wave 1 – 7:30 a.m.
Wave 2 – 8:00 a.m.

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After the race and 27th Mile party, Bank of America is offering runners and guests with free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago. This will continue until October 13, if participants show runners bib, finisher’s medals or registration confirmation.

Many celebrities have participated in the marathon. Some of them do it for publicity, others for the sake of blending in and being apart of the race. Here are some celebrity marathoners, with the races they ran and their times.

Sean Astin, Chicago, 2013: 4:31:05
Pamela Anderson, New York, 2013: 5:41:03
Gordon Ramsay, London, 2012: 4:26:21
Apolo Ohno, New York, 2011: 3:25:12
Mark Messier, New York, 2011: 4:14:27
Jared Fogle, New York, 2010: 5:13:28
Tammy Duckworth, Chicago, 2009: 2:34:52; 2011: 2:09:26
Edward Norton, New York, 2009: 3:48:01
Ryan Reynolds, New York, 2008: 3:50:22

Katie Holmes, New York, 2007: 5:29:58

Sean “Diddy” Combs, New York, 2003: 4:14:52

Will Ferrell, Boston, 2003: 3:56:12

Anthony Edwards, Chicago, 2003: 3:55:40; 2001: 4:04:55; 1999: 4:13:07
Bill Rancic, Chicago, 2001: 4:31:31
Al Gore, Marine Corps, 1997: 4:58:25
Oprah Winfrey, Marine Corps, 1994: 4:29:15
George W. Bush, Houston, 1993: 3:44:52

Since the terrible event that happened at the Boston Marathon, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has put together an emergency alert system to keep everyone safe. This is taken form the website itself.

“A color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) will communicate the status of course conditions to participants leading up to and on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based primarily on the weather, as well as other conditions.

  • Email and website communication during race week will inform participants of the current Event Alert System status and provide preparation tips based on advance weather forecasts.
  • Updates will be made at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo via handouts at the participant packet pick-up area and public address announcements.
  • On race day, the current Event Alert System status will be communicated via public address announcements and color-coded signs/flags at the start and finish areas, and along the course at each of the 20 aid station locations and via large digital traffic message boards.

All participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials and announcers and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions on race day.”

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This year we hope for a safe and fun event. We wish all the participants good luck. If you are running or just spectating we would love to hear your story and experience.