Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2014

Our CEO, Michael Velasquez, and Global Sales Director, Kevin Yarnell, have ventured their way to the 2014 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is an annually held convention that keeps you at the forefront of the latest trends and insight in the global casino-entertainment industry. 
This year G2E will be held from Monday, September 29th to Thursday, October 2nd, 2014. 
This year will feature the largest show floor in North America; G2E is expecting 450+ exhibitors. Hundreds of new products and show specials will be offered. There is a full line up of networking opportunities available:
  • AGA Gaming Hall of Fame
  • Tribal Gaming
  • Global Gaming Women
  • Latin American Gaming
  • G2E Meet-Ups
“We have worked hard to create events and atmosphere that will truly allow for the types of introductions, interaction and discussions that at the end of the day will be meaningful for all types of casino executives,” said Mike Johnson, industry vice president at Reed Exhibitions. “We are excited to bring these unmatched opportunities to network to the industry.”
Here are some pictures from our Michael and Kevin:

Chicago Getaway’s

We know life in the city can be exhausting and when you have toured every tourist attraction with every single visiting relative, it can get kind of boring. We took the pleasure of mapping out fun locations around Chicago that can make for a great weekend getaway!

Wisconsin’s Indoor Waterparks

Travel Time: Under 4 Hours

Kalahari Indoor Resort

Grab your suits and hit one of America’s largest indoor waterparks, the 125,000-square-foot park at Kalahari Resorts.

Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin

Scale back a little at the 76,000-square-foot Great Wolf Lodge, where the “Fort Mackenzie” attraction is a don’t-miss, thanks to 12 levels of treehouse outfitted with suspension bridges and water games.

Wilderness Resort & Waterpark

With indoor-outdoor waterparks, golf, dining, and a spa to unwind in, this resort has it all in one facility—including groceries.

Grand Harbor Resort

The location provides views of the Mississippi, access to downtown Dubuque, and Iowa’s first themed indoor water park.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula 

Travel Time: Under 6 Hours

Norway Mountain

Hit the slopes on one of 17 trails; trek the 1.8-mile mountaintop snowshoe trail or challenge yourself with jumps and a quarter-pipe.

Iron Mountain Iron Mine

Experience iron mining in an underground train tour of 2,600 feet of drifts and tunnels—400 feet below the surface.

Pine Mountain Golf & Ski Resort

The skier-friendly property offers quaint rooms and slope-side fireplace condos.

Exploring Mississippi in Dubuque

Travel Time: Under 4 Hours

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Touch pools, gators, otters, and nature trails spotlight Mississippi River wildlife.

Celebration River Cruises

Take in America’s second-longest waterway on a deluxe 800-passenger riverboat—short and full-day excursions are narrated, and dinner cruises are available.
I will keep you’ll posted on new travel destinations in the future. Please comment below if you have attended these places below, I would love to read your experiences. 

Labor Day Weekend 2014

Many of us will travel this Labor Day weekend; I know I will. So that’s why I am not going to drag this article on with statistical facts and statements about the holiday and the people traveling. I did find a great fact sheet from AAA that I wanted to share, just so you travelers know what you’re getting yourself into. 

Around 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more on Labor Day weekend. This is the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013. Nearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million) will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close.

Statistics and Image from AAA

Have a safe and fun weekend from PERCIPIA!

Top Amenities

I recently traveled to Toledo, OH for a convention and I decided to stay at the same hotel that the convention was taking place at, the Ramada. Although my choices in hotels were limited, I wanted to stay at a place that offered great amenities. When I travel I always look for certain deal breakers for my stay. After a little digging I found I am not the only one that wants a mint on his pillow. Let’s break down the top amenities people are looking for when staying at a hotel.
*This survey was completed by Skift and American Express.

No. 4: Enrollment in Hotel’s Loyalty Programs

10.9% of survey’s say it is important to them to get rewarded. Many customers want to be reward for coming back to the same hotel chain. Whether that leads to a free gift, a free room upgrade, or a discount on their current or next stay.

No.3: Free Breakfast

Although this is one of my top deal breakers, 25.5% of surveys think that free continental breakfast is a must with their stay. I am a breakfast person; I think it is important for me to get a great meal before I start my day with meetings or workshops. It is nice when a breakfast is free when I stay at the hotel.

No.2: Close to Meeting/ Conference

When I traveled to Toledo, the last thing I wanted to do was travel to another hotel. 28.2% found it important for them to be either in the same location or relatively close. It was nice to be able to walk back to my room between workshops to freshen up. It makes for a more relaxing stay.

No.1: Free Wi-Fi

I think this is thee most important amenity that a hotel must have; it is an absolute a deal breaker. 35.2% of survey’s said this is the most important. If you are traveling whether it is for work or play, you will utilize the internet. With technology playing a huge role in our lives, having Wi-Fi is important for many to have a pleasant stay. I know I completed some work when I was out of town and that wouldn’t have been possible without the Wi-Fi that was provided to me free from Ramada.
A special thank you goes to Ramada Toledo for making my stay smooth and comfortable.

Soho House Chicago

The London originated Soho House brand has revealed its newest venue, Chicago. This luxurious club is located in the Allis Building, a historic five-story industrial warehouse in Chicago’s West Loop.
The Chicago House features a Drawing Room, Club Bar, Library, Gymnasium, three restaurants and a Rooftop deck.

The Drawing Room is a comfortable space for members to meet, socialize, eat and drink. It also features a ping pong table that is used for meetings during the day and a gaming in the evening.

The Club Bar, which is located on the 5th floor, houses an oval shaped bar that is furnished with red velvet chairs. The Club Bar also has chesterfield sofas and a baby grand piano, for all you musically inclined members.

The Library has a multi-function use. Members can take advantage of panel discussions, workshops, master-classes, and various club events.

The Gymnasium seems to be the staple feature at the Chicago club. It is located on the 2nd floor with a 15,000 sq foot space, open to both members and hotel guests. What makes the gym most impressive would be the professional boxing ring! Of course it has the regular Technogym equipment, fitness studios, steam rooms, lounges and a laundry service. Having a gym with all the bells and whistles is simply an amenity that must be utilized.

Three restaurants: Chicken Shop, Pizza East and the Allis Lounge; will be open to the public. These exquisitely decorated restaurants have already opened and serve a Chicago inspired menu of rotisserie chicken, pizza, and cocktails.

The club also features a 30-seat cinema, spa and a roof top deck, that has a pool and panoramic views of the Chicago skyline.

This beautiful club isn’t so easy to get into either. Check out the Soho House Chicago website for more information.

*Photos are owned by Soho House Chicago.