They Dared the Impossible
"We're the guys who save the awards banquet," says David Wilk, CEO and co-founder of Four Day Weekend (fourdayweekend.com), a Fort Worth, Texas-based improv group that has been entertaining audiences at corporate meetings, incentive trips and more for nearly 20 years. They even appeared at an event designed to build teamwork among Congressional leaders, an eight-days-a-week job if you ask us.
• For portable charging of smartphones, tablets and more, the Jackery Fit (left; jackeryusa.com) is a standout for speed of charge and sheer power, providing up to 160 extra hours of operation time before needing to be recharged itself.
• Xcom Global (xcomglobal.com) rents its "MiFi" devices to visitors to and from the U.S. who wish to keep their mobile devices connected to the Internet while avoiding roaming charges and hotel Wi-Fi fees, all for $14.95 per day.
• The new Carmel Limo App (carmellimo.com) will hook you up with a ride in 300 cities worldwide.
Question: What is your dream meetings destination?
"Singapore! The people are lovely, the hotels are beautiful and the shopping...!" -- Debbie Baker, TLC Meetings and Events
"Anchorage, Alaska. The CVB folks up there take good care of groups, and the setting is just spectacular!" -- Steve Collins, Resort Meeting Source LLC
"I'd much rather have a dream team than a dream destination." -- Shannon Kiley, Association for Iron & Steel Technology
Parking Attendant, Please Be Gentle With My Fiat
As this issue of M&C is all about hotels, here are three innovations worth mentioning from enterprising properties all over the map.
Loews Hotels is rolling out a very snazzy welcome wagon in the form of chauffeur-driven Fiats or complimentary loaners of the luxury cars for up to three hours a day at select properties across the country (get all the details at loewshotels.com).
Trade your swizzle stick for a sword by joining the Gladiator Training Program run by the 345-room Rome Cavalieri (romecavalieri.com), a Waldorf Astoria resort. Experts show tunic-clad, shield-wielding guests how to release their inner Russell Crowe.
The 1,641-room, vintage 1871 Palmer House Hilton (palmerhousehilton.com) is so historic that it has opened its own in-house museum. Take a tour and ogle Mark Twain's beer stein, fine china used to fete President Ulysses S. Grant, a receipt for services rendered by the then-unknown Liberace and much more.
Rooms to Let
Planning an event in New York City? The folks at Openhouse (openhouse.me) rent out chic, all-white event-ready spaces downtown, ranging from 600 to 4,500 square feet, most with high ceilings and high tech to spare.