Conducting Business in Bermuda: The Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Difference

Hosting an international business event or incentive experience may sound like an arduous undertaking for any meeting planner, but creating an impressive, productive, and rewarding trip for your clients is, in fact, quite simple. Just look to Bermuda, where you will find professional colleagues at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts at the ready to assist you in creating a dream-like yet quite price-attainable agenda.

The Fairmont Mission: Turning Moments into Memories

The Fairmont's two Bermuda properties, The Fairmont Southampton and The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, are iconic establishments with exceptional reputations for delivering quality service. As The Fairmont Southampton is ideal for a sizable conference (it houses the largest conference space on the island), The Hamilton Princess is an equally impressive venue for more intimate gatherings among executives and valued clientele. Can't decide which property to book? Your clients and attendees can enjoy the best of both locations, as amenities at each hotel are available to all guests — the perfect 2-for-1 deal. Complimentary transport between properties is via a short, picturesque ferry ride across the harbor. This makes hosting a pink-sand beach reception under the stars at The Fairmont Southampton a viable option for your guests staying in the exciting capital city of Hamilton at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

Exclusive Discover Bermuda DMC Services

In addition to Fairmont's plethora of flexible meeting space, exceptional indoor and al fresco dining establishments, and key locations on the island, the brand offers a unique, professional service to meetings planners — Discover Bermuda — Fairmont's exclusive in-house destination management company. Fully owned and operated by The Fairmont Southampton, the Sales & Conference Services team at Discover Bermuda serves both properties. Every team expert utilizes his or her insider knowledge of on-site and off-site venues, land and sea activities, transportation services, gifting recommendations, and creative dine-around options to enhance any size event. According to Rochelle Quinn, executive director of Catering, Conference Services, and Discover Bermuda, "Our in-house DMC service is a prime selling point for Fairmont. It offers one billing, special request fulfillment, and encourages repeat clientele. Discover Bermuda is a meeting planner's 'on-island partner,' bringing planners the very best of Bermuda."

Discover Bermuda's six-member professional team is key to planning an in-depth Bermuda experience. Partnering with a Discover Bermuda expert gives planners unprecedented access to Fairmont facilities, staff, and programs as well as island-wide service specialists. Creativity is in full supply here for groups. Perhaps you're looking to host a formal British-themed evening event? Hire a town crier to announce attendees at the Royal Naval Dockyard? Rent a luxury sailboat to cruise through Bermuda's turquoise waters? Play a round of world-famous golf on one of the island's six courses? Are you considering a team-building Amazing Race designed for friendly competition? The possibilities are endless, and Discover Bermuda is there to make it all happen. (Email: discover.bermuda@fairmont.com)

Hassle-free International Travel

No other international destination is more U.S. business-traveler friendly than Bermuda. Most convenient to clients is the frequent air lift from major U.S. cities and short flight time— most flights from the East Coast are under 2.5 hours, just 90 minutes from New York City. Clients can leave home in the morning and arrive for an opening luncheon rested and relaxed. Some additional advantages of this unique Atlantic Ocean destination include a sub-tropical climate, no language barrier (Bermuda is a British territory), state-of-the-art technology, and interchangeable currency between U.S. and Bermuda dollars (no exchange fees). Even the electric voltage is the same as the U.S., so clients can leave their international plug adaptors at home. Finally, returning to the U.S. is made easier by completing U.S. customs inspections in Bermuda.

 

A postcard-perfect destination, dual-property access, Discover Bermuda DMC services, frequent air transport, and impeccable quality at an agreeable price point. International group business in Bermuda, with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts at your side, has never been more exciting to plan.

 

Safety first and foremost Attendees hesitant to travel to an island destination based on past experience will revel in Bermuda's sophisticated culture and welcoming people. The island is safe, beautiful, and guaranteed to conjure up visions of a repeat visit to experience more of its charms. First-time visitors are heartily welcomed, repeat guests are heartily welcomed back.

Adding value to your visit Meeting planners will be pleased to know that a quality Bermuda event is quite achievable in all budget ranges. The Fairmont Bermuda properties and Discover Bermuda are experts at helping you match your budget to your agenda, as well as choosing the best season to host an event in this desirable locale. Both Fairmont properties are participating in the Fairmont "Fall into Summer in Bermuda" program, which entitles new bookings (minimum of 15 rooms) arriving between 9/1/11 -10/31/11 to room rates starting at $199 and a choice of four out of 10 concessions that best fit your event. Benefits can include a 5% discount on all DMC services with a signed Discover Bermuda contract, 15% off in-house A/V services, and one day of complimentary themed AM and PM breaks (chef's choice). For even more options, call Tom DeGloria, Director of Group Sales, at 212-715-7089.

Pre- and post-trip activities The Fairmont Bermuda properties are optimal headquarters for pre- and post-trip stays that include the family. The Fairmont Southampton Explorers Camp offers a wide range of exciting activities as well as eco-themed explorations for children, perfect for when the adults want to hit the links or relax at either property's full-service spa. Island-wide family outings include exploring the Crystal and Fantasy Caves, Dolphin Quest, snorkeling, or simply "discovering" hilltop forts or splashing about in pink-sand coves framed by gentle waves. Frequent and efficient public transportation makes exploring easy and economical.