Throughout my career I have travelled extensively around the globe, often up to 120 days a year. Most of these trips were in relation to the sales trips, the DMC partnerships I set up on behalf of Ovation Global DMC or related to trade shows or meetings industry conferences. As a past president and long time member of SITE I was lucky enough as well to discover the great destinations of this world.
In more recent years I have started writing about these trips in support of the destination and the partnerships we had there. Often I was there as a host of the convention bureau, our DMC partner or as a speaker at a conference which is something I love to do, sharing insights and best practices, especially with the students or future leaders of our trade.
Of these trips I published destination reports which I then posted on my LinkedIn Profile. Some of these trips were in association with a media partner and resulted in full articles on their site. You can discover all of these travel stories and tales from the links I left below. Enjoy reading and getting inspired about some of the greatest destinations in the world. And yes, I was often humming Ricky Nelson’s Travelin’ Man on my way to the airport too.
List of destinations + link to my LinkedIn, my old WordPress blog or BBT online’s archive
South Africa – South Africa Calling | LinkedIn
Panama – Panama Capers | LinkedIn
Sri Lanka – The Transformative Power of Sri Lanka | LinkedIn
Rwanda – Rwanda, the African conference & incentive destination on the rise. | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive http://www.bbtonline.eu/newsletter/take121/docs/Rwanda-BBT_Online.pdf
Greece – When in Greece | LinkedIn
Tbilisi, Georgia – The Georgia that was not on my mind | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive http://www.bbtonline.eu/newsletter/take117/docs/Georgia_on_my_mind-BBTOnline.pdf
Indonesia & Bali – Saïdjah’s father had a buffalo | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive http://www.bbtonline.eu/newsletter/take113/docs/Wonderful_Indonesia-BBT_Online.pdf
Montreal – 8 hours in Montréal | LinkedIn
Stavanger, Norway – Northern Delights | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive http://www.bbtonline.eu/newsletter/take110/docs/Norway-BBTOnline.pdf
Colombia – Gold | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive http://www.bbtonline.eu/newsletter/take110/docs/ColombianGold-BBTOnline.pdf
Riga, Latvia – Baltic blues | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive http://www.bbtonline.eu/newsletter/take108/docs/BalticBlues-BBTOnline.pdf
Kathmandu, Nepal – Shangri La | LinkedIn
Budapest, Hungary – My house in Budapest | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive http://www.bbtonline.eu/newsletter/take102/docs/Budapest-BBTOnline.pdf
Around the world – (4) Around the world in 110 days | LinkedIn
Moscow, Russia – pdf article on BBT Online’s archive http://www.bbtonline.eu/newsletter/take82/docs/Moscow-BBTOnline.pdf
Greek Islands & Athens with Star Clipper – the Gods were with us September | 2011 | Hugo’s meetings industry blog (wordpress.com) and from BBT Online’s archive http://www.bbtonline.eu/Library/destinations/destinations092011.php
Aruba & Curacao – A tale of two islands | Hugo’s meetings industry blog (wordpress.com)
Switzerland – Desperate Swiss Wives July | 2009 | Hugo’s meetings industry blog (wordpress.com)
I would be more than happy to do some more destination immersions and report on my findings and discoveries in the form of an article. I usually combine these trips with a masterclass for the local meetings industry community. Should you be interested please drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org