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December 14, 2015

New Incentives and Packages for Meeting Planners

Kimpton Hotels and Kindred Resorts and Hotels have announced a set of new incentives and packages for meeting planners in 2016. 

epic miami ballroomKimpton's Florida hotels, EPIC Miami and Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, Palm Beach, are offering a Winter Perks program for groups from January through April 2016. In addition to a series of added amenities for groups, planners who book at these properties will also receive an American Express gift card ranging from $200 to $750, depending on total combined group spend. 

At the EPIC Hotel, Miami, planners get five percent off the master account when contracting 50 rooms per night or more, as well as two of the following perks: gift certificate for a future three-day stay; 10 percent off published AV rentals; 50 percent off meeting room rental; upgrade from a Continental Breakfast to a Hot Buffet breakfast for $1 more per person; or a complimentary 16GB iPad. 

At the Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, planners get five percent off the master account when contracting 30 rooms per night or more. Planners can also select two perks from the following: 10 percent off published AV rentals; 50 percent off meeting room rental; a gift certificate for a future three-day stay; or an upgrade from a Continental Breakfast to a Hot Buffet breakfast for $1 more per person. 

Additionally, each Kimpton property in Florida will provide American Express Gift Card for master account spends of:

  • $10,000 - $20,000 and receive a $200 gift card
  • $20,001 - 35,000 and receive a $500 gift card
  • $35,001 and receive a $750 gift card

The Winter Perks meetings offers at EPIC and Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa is not available to currently contracted groups and some restrictions do apply. Meeting space must be booked between January and April 30, 2016.

For booking contact EPIC: (305) 424 – 5226 or Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa: (561) 540 – 6440

New Meeting Offerings From Kindred Resorts & Hotels

Kindred Resorts & Hotels, meanwhile, has announced its own lineup of meeting and event offerings for 2016 across its portfolio of U.S. hotels. 

At Gateway Canyons in Gateway, Colorado, planners can take advantage of the adventure resorts recently-debuted teambuilding activities for groups. These include a Survival Class with a tutorial on edible and non-edible plants, bow and arrow making and shooting as well as Atlatl making; Outdoor Laser Tag in a wilderness playing field (game options include Team Elimination, Captains, Capture the Flag, Zombies and more); a competitive donkey obstacle course challenge; a Viking challenge where each team must build a Viking-inspired float and move one team member across a large pond; a custom mixology cocktail making contest; team canvas painting and more.

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, Arizona, is set to wrap a multi-million expansion that includes 32 new rooms and a new ballroom, which will make their debut in February 2016. The new Catalina rooms and suites bring the resort's total room count to 60. The two new Catalina suites are double the standard room size and include a conference size dining table with the ability for smaller board meetings. The 2,900 square-foot Casa Luna ballroom, which can seat up to 230 guests, will overlook the city with views of three mountain ranges and downtown cityscape. An 1,100 square foot patio provides a space for continental breakfast before a meeting or cocktails before dinner, and there is also 1,175 square feet of pre-function space leading into the ballroom. The ballroom itself can be broken into two rooms with an air wall and will have state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities as well as a specially designed catering kitchen.
For planners interested in a food- and wine-focused event, New England seaside resort Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI, just opened a new Center for Wine and Culinary Arts. The 3,000 square-foot education and entertaining space offers the chance for groups to taste, create and explore food and wine. Built in the style of an early 1800s Connecticut tobacco barn, the space offers private classes by the property’s Sommelier and Food Forager. There is also space for entertaining, with space for a wine-paired dinner for eight or a cocktail party for 40. 

Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay, FL, just completed renovations and updates to a variety of its event spaces, including the refurbishment of the ballroom foyers, new carpeting in the ballrooms, new breakout rooms set to be installed by the first week of January 2016 and the expansion of the reception and banquet space around the Superpool. Additionally, new 2016 catering menus will debut in January for events on the 18th Fairway of the Saddlebrook Golf Course, an outdoor function venue for meetings.

In Vail, Colorado, the Sonnenalp Hotel is offering a special February promotion for groups. With rooms starting at $349 per night, the package includes a complimentary single-day lift ticket and upgrade to a one-bedroom suite for the top VIP guest, complimentary après ski champagne reception for the entire group, Junior Suites accommodations for all group attendees and no resort fees. The offer is valid on groups staying Sunday – Wednesday with a minimum of 10 rooms per night.

Finally, Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, VT, has partnered with Tubbs Snowshoes to create the Tubbs Snowshoes & Nordic Adventure Center, which offers more than 19 miles of groomed trails for skate and classic cross-country skiing, new fat bikes as well as world-class ski and snowshoe gear and equipment for retail or rental. Groups can pick their own Nordic ski, snowshoe or fat bike adventure including expert-led tours, fat biking terrain, group outings, team building exercises, scavenger hunts and more. Enhanced experiences are also available including special full-moon treks to the resort’s cozy cabin in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.

Visit www.meetkindred.com

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