Last week, Pellucid Travel had the honor of attending the much-anticipated Denim and Diamonds Gala hosted by Best Buddies. This dazzling event, held in support of the organization's Western New York chapter, brought together a diverse community committed to fostering inclusion and friendship for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A Night of Glitz and Giving Back
The gala was adorned in denim and diamonds! This was such a heartwarming event that resonated with our entire team. Pellucid Travel was delighted to be part of an evening dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of individuals with special abilities.
Our Best Buddy, Shannon Salluzo
One of the highlights of the evening was the opportunity to celebrate our sponsored Best Buddy, Shannon Salluzo. Shannon, a shining example of determination and resilience, is currently interning with Matt Jones at Hoop Strength. Her journey and accomplishments serve as an inspiration to us all. It was so special to be able to spend the night with her and learn more about the goals of the best buddy program.
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Best Buddies participants in their personal and professional development, we are thrilled to see Shannon thriving in her internship with Matt Jones at Hoop Strength. This collaboration highlights the importance of creating inclusive workplaces and providing opportunities for individuals of all abilities to showcase their talents.
Supporting Best Buddies' Noble Cause
Best Buddies is an organization close to our hearts at Pellucid Travel. Their mission to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for individuals with IDD aligns seamlessly with our values. The gala provided us with a platform to contribute to this noble cause and further strengthen our commitment to inclusivity.
Building Bridges through Friendship
Friendship is a powerful force, transcending barriers and creating connections that enrich lives. The Denim and Diamonds Gala exemplified the strength of friendship, bringing together people from various backgrounds and experiences. It was incredible to witness the joy and laughter shared by Best Buddies and their supporters.
Pellucid Travel is honored to have been part of such a remarkable evening. The Denim and Diamonds Gala not only allowed us to support Best Buddies but also underscored the significance of fostering a community where everyone feels valued and included. We look forward to continuing our connection with Best Buddies and witnessing the positive impact of our collective efforts.
We extend our gratitude to this organization for hosting a memorable event and providing a platform for companies like ours to contribute to a more inclusive world.
We have an exclusive recap of our team's memorable journey at the 2023 IMEX Convention in Las Vegas. This event marked an important milestone for our team as we dove deeper into the dynamic world of sports travel and hotel relations. Let's take a closer look at a few team members who attended this week-long event:
Hear what some of our team members' biggest takeaways are!
Jason Puckett: Our Director Of Business Development, Jason, led the charge at IMEX. He immersed himself in a series of enlightening sessions and workshops, gaining insights into sports travel trends and event planning strategies. His networking skills came to light as he fostered valuable connections with industry peers. Jason's favorite part of the IMEX convention was getting to reconnect with our contacts and hotel brand partners while getting their feedback.
Aaron Maciejewski: As an Account Manager, Aaron was on the front lines of our engagement at IMEX. He navigated a packed schedule filled with client meetings and partner discussions. His dedication to nurturing existing relationships and exploring fresh opportunities is set to yield promising partnerships. Aaron enjoyed getting to meet our partners in person and learning more about how we can continue to help and improve. During off hours he got to experience Las Vegas and attended the Michael Jackson ONE show!
Kelsey Fisher: Another one of our fabulous Account Managers, Kelsey, seized the opportunity to learn and grow throughout the event. Her enthusiasm and readiness to take on tasks were such a value to the team. She played a crucial role in our overall success in Las Vegas. Kelsey’s favorite part of IMEX was getting to put faces to names and meeting our brand partners. During her off hours she also got to meet Dave Copperfeild!
The IMEX Sports Travel Convention left an indelible mark on our team, with valuable insights gained, connections forged, and enthusiasm ignited. As we move forward, we are eager to leverage this newfound knowledge and relationships to continue delivering outstanding sports travel solutions to our clients.
Our gratitude goes out to all our team members who proudly represented our organization at IMEX, and to our hotel partners and clients who created an unforgettable experience for our team.
Looking to partner with our organization? Reach out to our team for more information!
In the heart of the picturesque Sarasota/Bradenton area, our company recently sponsored the highly anticipated Sports Sarasota Hotel Committee meeting. This event brought together a multitude of individuals deeply vested in the hospitality industry, including general managers, our local visitor bureau (CVB), and sports club leaders. This gathering was a blend of discussions, gourmet delights, refreshing drinks, and talks of exciting future plans for the Sarasota region.
The choice of venue can significantly influence the ambiance of an event, and the Sarasota Hotel Committee meeting found the perfect setting at Anna Maria Oyster Bar on Landslide. Nestled in the heart of Bradenton, this venue offered an ideal atmosphere for productive announcements and networking.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar's coastal charm, and nautical décor, created a relaxed and inviting backdrop for the event, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening.
No hospitality-focused event is complete without the delight of exceptional food and beverages. The culinary team at Anna Maria Oyster Bar did not disappoint.
Fresh seafood took center stage, with a mouthwatering ceviche, alongside a rib & coleslaw bowl. Of course, we can’t forget the amazing hushpuppy baskets as well! Attendees savored these culinary delights while mingling with each other.
Everyone was feeling excited and relaxed as we got into announcements.
One of the highlights of the evening was the impressive lineup of announcements. Representatives from our local CVB and sports clubs took the stage to share their insights and future plans, igniting excitement among attendees.
These speakers emphasized Sarasota's vast potential as a premier sports destination, discussing upcoming initiatives and events aimed at showcasing the region's stunning beaches, cultural attractions, and world-class sports facilities. Their presentations left a lasting impression, sparking discussions on collaborations that could elevate Sarasota's hospitality industry.
Beyond the gourmet delights, refreshing drinks, and insightful announcements, the Sarasota Hotel Committee meeting was used for networking and collaboration within the hospitality industry. With one of the largest turnouts for these meetings, attendees exchanged ideas, forged new connections, and laid the groundwork for exciting future projects.
The Sarasota Hotel Committee meeting at Anna Maria Oyster Bar sponsored by Pellucid Travel was a resounding success. Industry professionals converged to celebrate the past, discuss the present, and chart an exciting course for the future of hospitality in Sarasota. This gathering reaffirmed Sarasota's status as a dynamic and vibrant destination, with its eye on larger and more events.
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Follow along this baseball team's journey traveling to Texas for a high-stakes tournament. Where so many things could have gone wrong. However, they chose Pellucid Travel to make sure everything went right and had a fantastic experience!
Airports are bustling hubs of activity, connecting people from all corners of the globe and serving as gateways to new adventures. Behind their operational efficiency and streamlined design, there are some intriguing and entertaining facts that make airports even more fascinating. Let's take a look at five fun facts about these remarkable transport facilities:
Airport Codes: The Three-Letter Wonders
- Ever wondered why airports have unique three-letter codes? These codes, known as International Air Transport Association (IATA) codes, serve as quick and standardized identifiers for airports worldwide. However, the process of assigning codes isn't as random as it may seem. In most cases, the first letter of the code represents the city or location, while the second and third letters correspond to the airport itself. For instance, London Heathrow Airport is assigned the code "LHR," while Los Angeles International Airport goes by "LAX."
Hidden Gems: Secret Underground Tunnels
- Did you know that some airports have hidden underground tunnels reserved for staff and essential operations? These intricate tunnels help airport employees navigate between terminals and various facilities discreetly. While you won't find these secret passages on any airport map, they play a crucial role in keeping the airport running smoothly without interrupting passenger flow.
A City Within a City: Airport Terminals
- Large international airports can be sprawling complexes that feel like mini-cities. Take, for example, the Dubai International Airport, which covers an astounding area of 7,200 acres (approximately 2,900 hectares). In some of the world's busiest airports, you'll find everything from luxury hotels and shopping malls to museums and art galleries. These diverse offerings make layovers more enjoyable and turn airports into dynamic, multifunctional spaces.
The Perks of Being an Airport Wildlife Manager
- Believe it or not, some airports employ wildlife managers to prevent animal interference on the runways and surrounding areas. These dedicated professionals use various methods to keep wildlife at bay, such as employing trained dogs to scare off birds, using wildlife-friendly vegetation, and implementing noise deterrents. By ensuring the safety of both passengers and wildlife, these managers contribute to the smooth functioning of airports.
The World's Shortest Commercial Flight
- In the Orkney Islands of Scotland, you'll find one of the shortest commercial flights in the world. The route between Westray and Papa Westray takes a mere 1.7 miles (approximately 2.7 kilometers) and lasts just around 1 minute! Operated by Loganair, this tiny hop is more of a tourist attraction than a practical means of travel, but it holds the official record for the shortest scheduled flight.
Next time you find yourself traveling to a tournament remember the fun can start at the Airport! From hidden tunnels to record-breaking flights, airports are filled with fascinating secrets waiting to be discovered.
Introducing the latest episode of Tournament Talk! Witness the incredible transformation of tournament director John as he goes from overwhelmed and uncertain to calm and triumphant, all thanks to the remarkable support of Pellucid Travel. Prepare to be inspired as you follow John's journey and discover how Pellucid Travel helps him overcome obstacles and find success. Don't miss out on this captivating story of business growth and achievement!
Heading to a new tournament can be quite the rush for teams. While everyone is caught up in the excitement, one crucial aspect of planning team travel often gets pushed to the last minute—booking accommodations. Here are 5 reasons we emphasize the importance of securing your rooms as soon as the booking link becomes available for sports travel.
Stay Ahead of the Game:
1. When it comes to sports travel, the early bird gets the worm—or, in this case, the best hotel rooms. Popular events attract large groups/teams from all over the world, resulting in high demand for accommodations. By booking your rooms as soon as the booking link is released, you secure the advantage of choosing from a wider range of options. Waiting until the last minute could leave you with limited choices, potentially compromising your comfort, location preferences, and even your budget.
Ideal Location and Convenience:
2. Proximity to the facility is a crucial factor to consider when booking accommodations for sports travel. Opting for a hotel within close proximity to your destination eliminates the stress and logistical challenges of commuting long distances on game day. Booking earlier also ensures you are able to stay with your entire team, if you wait and the booking block fills up you may not be able to get a room at the hotel where your whole crew is at. Additionally, staying nearby allows you to soak up the pre and post-game atmosphere, explore local dining and entertainment options, and fully immerse yourself in the sporting event experience.
Competitive Pricing and Discounts:
3. Another compelling reason to secure your accommodations early is the potential to capitalize on competitive pricing and exclusive discounts. We, at Pellucid Travel, work tirelessly trying to get the best rate possible for our groups. By taking advantage of this, you can secure rooms at more affordable rates, potentially saving you money that can be used for other aspects of your sports travel adventure. Waiting too long to book can end up leaving you with options above budget at other hotels because the booking block has filled up.
Peace of Mind and Stress-Free Planning:
4. Booking your rooms well in advance provides peace of mind and ensures a stress-free planning process. Knowing that your accommodations are confirmed allows you to focus on other aspects of your trip, such as transportation, sightseeing, and making the most of your time at the event. By avoiding the last-minute scramble for accommodations, you can approach your sports travel experience with a calm and organized mindset, enhancing the overall enjoyment of your trip.
Flexibility and Cancellation Policies:
5. While it's essential to book your accommodations early, it's also prudent to consider the flexibility and cancellation policies offered by the hotel. If the tournament/event cancels, Pellucid Travel has you protected when booked through us. When canceling or changing reservations you are able to do so up until the cut-off date through us. Unforeseen circumstances can arise, leading to the need for changes or cancellations. By carefully reviewing the terms and conditions at the time of booking, you can ensure that you have the flexibility to modify your reservation or receive a refund if necessary.
By securing your accommodations as soon as the booking link becomes available, you gain a competitive edge, enjoy a wider range of choices, and benefit from potential cost savings. So, mark your calendars, set up alerts, and be ready to pounce when the booking link is released. With your rooms secured, you can focus on what truly matters—experiencing the magic of sports travel to the fullest!
[Sarasota, FL -April 26, 2023] - Pellucid Travel, a leading sports travel and tourism company, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Nathan Benderson Park, a world-class sports and recreation destination located in Sarasota, Florida.
Through this partnership, Pellucid Travel will work closely with Nathan Benderson Park to offer an enhanced travel experience for all events that showcase the park's many attractions, including its state-of-the-art rowing facility, pristine waterside trails, and expansive recreational opportunities.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Nathan Benderson Park," said Shannon Barrows, CEO of Pellucid Travel. "This beautiful destination is a perfect example of the kind of unique and authentic facility that we aim to partner with. We look forward to working with Nathan Benderson Park and the local hotel community to create unforgettable travel experiences for future events."
Nathan Benderson Park is home to some of the most exciting events in sports and recreation, including world-class rowing regattas, triathlons, and other outdoor activities. The park boasts a 400-acre lake with a viewing tower, miles of scenic trails, and a range of activities for visitors of all ages.
"We are excited to partner with Pellucid Travel to showcase all that Nathan Benderson Park has to offer," said Bruce Patneaude, COO of Nathan Benderson Park. "Together, we can offer a more comprehensive solution that meets the evolving needs of our customers.”
Pellucid Travel is not your average travel team. It is a full-service sports housing agency, focused on making good things happen for other people. We have easy processes, clear and transparent communication, and the knowledge and experience to find you the right housing solutions.
This partnership is a recipe for success and Pellucid Travel is ready to start servicing more events in the Sarasota community!
This edition of Tournament Talk will feature special guests Pete Harvey, Mckenzy Lacko, Robert Ferguson, Lizett Castaneda, and Michael Cousins! Expect an in-depth conversation on the importance of CVB relationships with local hotels and how much it takes to pull off an event. Take the knowledge of these experts and apply it to your business!
When you make a reservation at a hotel through Pellucid Travel, it is common practice for the hotel to require a deposit to secure the booking during an event. This deposit is typically a portion of the total cost of your stay, and it is included in the advertised rate that you see when making the reservation. The purpose of the deposit is to ensure that the hotel has a guarantee and to discourage no-shows or cancellations. Your deposit can vary depending on the event you are attending as well.
When you arrive at the hotel, the remaining balance of your room rate should be charged to your credit card or paid in cash. This remaining balance should be the advertised room rate minus the per-night deposit that you already paid. Typically it does not show the deposit on your hotel receipt which is where a lot of confusion stems from. As long as the math is correct you are good to go. Also, this deposit is a separate charge from the servicing/processing fee. It is important to know that the deposit can be refunded only before your booking cutoff. However, in some cases, you may find that the room rate charged at the hotel is not the remaining room rate that you were expecting. This could be due to a mistake by the hotel, a miscommunication, or some other reason.
If you do encounter this situation, it's important to reach out to the hotel staff and ask for an explanation. If you are not satisfied with their response, or if you feel that you have been unfairly charged, in the case of Pellucid Travel, you can email email@example.com and our team will be happy to assist you in resolving the issue. Our goal is to ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable travel experience, and we are always here to help if you encounter any problems along the way.
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