Category Archives: Smart Dispatches

Smart Dispatch: Puerto Rico is Ready for Anything

When Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico 10 months ago at 175 miles per hour, Ben Tutt was there. As general manager of Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, a luxury resort in San Juan dating to 1919, he and the rest of the hospitality industry supported first responders as they struggled to restore services.

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Smart Dispatch: Beyond the Steakhouse

Famed Magnificent Mile is proving that while the Windy City may still be home to more steakhouses per capita than just about any other city in the country (to name a few, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Ditka’s Restaurant and Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago), options for groups are more varied—and authentic—than most planners may realize.

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Meet You at the Beach House

A 60-pound fish can nearly pull a grown man into the sea. How do I know that? Because I watched as one of our party of five on a deep-sea fishing outing—with Brad Cirino, director of sales for The Confidante Miami Beach—was yanked out of his swivel seat and almost into the Atlantic. Talk about a team-building moment! The rest of us rallied to his side, urging him to hang on and keep cranking his fishing reel.

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Smart Dispatch: Una Experiencia Magnifica

Groups meeting in San Antonio have plenty of options for off-site activities, including strolling along the River Walk and enjoying its unique restaurants and shops, as well as visiting the Alamo and other historic missions, SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and San Antonio Zoo. But arguably the best place to experience the city’s rich culture is El Mercado (Market Square), a three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near downtown.

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Miami’s Emerging Arts District

Just a few years ago, Miami’s Wynwood Arts District was a rundown area with a low-profile art community. It has grown in the past four years, and now is known for the many colorful murals and artistic graffiti covering the exterior of buildings. Some of the works are within Wynwood Walls, a sort of open-air, free museum.

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Miami’s ‘Magic City’ Casts a Spell

Intriguing adventures in Miami’s Nobu Hotel and Little Havana Chef Nobu Matsuhisa had already achieved worldwide acclaim for his restaurants when he decided to delve into the hotel business. He opened Nobu Hotel Las Vegas, located within Caesars Palace, in 2013, intending to balance the same ingredients—luxury, fun, craft and theater—that have made his restaurants…

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