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Author: Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth

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Come along for travel adventures of a lifetime, as we join hospitality and travel entrepreneurs Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth in search of the world’s best meeting and travel destinations. They’re checking-in with celebrities in the know, hospitality experts and native connoisseurs to discover inspirational venues and things to do. Explore the world’s most unique and desirable hotels, exotic foods with top chefs, and must-do experiences along the way. Andy and Todd go back to their favorite travel destinations and explore new places, while bringing you along.


Andy and Todd are the founders of American Meetings, Inc. (AMI), a global meetings management and destination sourcing firm that has led them to event production in over one hundred countries.


Andy McNeill, AMI’s CEO and Founder, has over 30 years of experience in the global meeting management and hospitality services, making him a thought leader in the hospitality and meetings industry. Born and raised in South Florida, Andy began his love of travel by experiencing the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands as a child with his family who were avid boaters. Seeing different cultures lit the passion of travel. When he started AMI, the company compelled him to travel extensively, exposing him to the best hotels and locales in the world. He is a true veteran of the hospitality and meetings industry, and contributes to a weekly blog series on the topic of professional meeting management. Bringing a wealth of event management knowledge to the AMI team, Andy firmly believes in the strategic meeting management model, and provides the practice as a consulting service to Fortune 500 clients.


Sharing the mic with Andy is his business and life partner Todd Bludworth. As an Army brat, Todd has lived abroad his entire childhood, including Germany, Florida, Hawaii and Kansas, before his family settled down in the Washington, D.C. area. His father traveled the world as Army Liaison for the US Senate, and always brought exciting gifts home to the family. This fascinated Todd, and his desire to see the world never waned. In Todd’s early career, he managed a political campaign, then later became a Special Events Manager in South Florida for an Anheuser-Busch distributor. He spent seven years working on some of the state’s largest and most successful sporting and social events, before he started traveling the world to produce meetings and events on almost every continent. In 2005, Todd joined AMI as Chief Marketing Officer then became a Principal owner in 2006.


Whether you’re seeking a corporate meeting venue, or simply have a passion for unique travel experiences, hear from Andy, Todd and their special guests: Business experts, historians, hotel general managers and famous chefs from the region… all know their way around the greatest places to stay, the best activities, and the top restaurants to provide the best overall meeting or destination travel experience. So come along to the best places to stay and the most amazing adventures to do through The Destination Everywhere Podcast.

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The Grand Rio Mar Resort offers amazing amenities and embraces the community by fulfilling its corporate social responsibility. Today’s guest is Evy Garcia, the Director of Sales & Marketing at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort. She sits down with host Andy McNeill to discuss the many beautiful offerings of this luxurious event destination. From scenic views courtesy of its ocean-side location backdropped by the beautiful El Yunque National Forest, there’s plenty of areas to explore and enjoy. Evy also shares how they’ve helped restore and reforest the area after the destruction caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. With the help of the community, the guests, and the resort itself, the forest has been reopened and enjoyed by many ever since. Learn more about the many programs offered by Wyndham Grand Rio to care for its nature and the abundant recreational activities to enjoy in Puerto Rico in this episode of Destination Everywhere!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
We are always looking for new and creative places, as we love to explore the world and discover its beauty. Are you looking for the perfect venue in one of the most beautiful cities in the world? New York is the place to go as it also has wonderful reception venues to host events and organize gatherings. Join your hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth as they describe their favorite reception venues in the city. They share their experience in some of these amazing places and why they're worth the visit. Have a glimpse and feel of these beautiful places in this spotlight episode of Destination Everywhere.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
We dream of visiting wonderful places throughout our existence, and San Francisco is one of those cities in California that interests us. Aside from merely visiting to witness its beauty, many people travel there for business, meetings, and events. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth give a guide to the best hotels in San Francisco. Discover Fairmont Hotel, Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, and the Palace Hotel. Tune in to this episode to know what makes these hotels the best places for meeting destinations!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
For convenience and ease of access, nothing beats a hotel at an airport. We take a look at some of the very best airport hotels. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth shine a spotlight on several airport hotels that they feel are must-visits. Andy and Todd discuss Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando, Denver, and Boston, home to some of the best airport hotels in the US and talk about what makes these places great. Tune in and learn more about the best hotels to stay at when you’re on the go.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
Dallas is definitely a foodie destination and one you shouldn’t miss out on. In today’s spotlight episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share their top 5 favorite restaurants in Dallas for offsite dinners perfect for your next group incentive travel! From classic fried chicken to sushi, they’ve got you covered. Dallas’ cosmopolitan developments only expanded its culinary offerings, making it a great place to explore fun cuisine even during a business trip. If you’re ever in the area and don’t know where to start your food adventure, this is the episode for you!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
It is quite difficult to organize a corporate event, and it is even more difficult to make it an unforgettable experience for the attendees. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth delve into several unique venues, some ignored by most event planners, that can help elevate the feel and impact of any business gathering. They also talk about the many benefits these venues can offer, especially in lowering expenses and delivering that wow factor every guest will truly appreciate.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
Holding a National Sales Meeting is indeed a significant corporate event. But since it attracts a huge number of attendees, one needs a suitable place to accommodate them comfortably. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth go over the entire United States to share nine hotels they believe are most convenient for such an important business gathering. From the most exquisite establishment within their backyard of Miami all the way to Las Vegas, they talk about each hotel’s exquisite facilities everyone should take note of.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
Choosing the right corporate destination contributes a lot in having a successful - and memorable - business trip or event. But it is more than just choosing a lovely place and going there. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share their most important tips when picking event destinations for a corporate purpose. Looking into their own experiences, the two break down how to make meetings and events as organized as they can be by learning the proper way of determining the most suitable place out there.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
Those having a business trip to Portugal must consider the Penha Longa Resort for their accommodations. As a Ritz Carlton property, high-quality service is always expected there, no matter how big your group is. Joining Todd Bludworth are Penha Longa's Director of Group Sales, Liliana Pinheiro, and its Senior Catering Manager, Diogo Rebelo Rodrigues. Together, they enumerate the resort's most sophisticated features that combine classic architecture, history, and natural environment. They also discuss the most exciting getaways beyond Penha Longa itself, from various water activities to authentic Portuguese marketplaces.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
The bustling city of Hong Kong is not only a famed tourist location, but it also boasts a bustling business sector. In this episode of Destination Everywhere, your hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth take you to Hong Kong to showcase its endless charms for business and event travel. They are joined by James LaValle, Manager of Conventions, Exhibitions, and Corporate Events for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Simon Gilkes, Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood Hotels Hong Kong. They discuss the numerous destination spots ideal for exploration on your next business travel. They also enumerate the wide array of activities they offer for group incentive travels. Get to know the multicultural global hotspot and what else you can look forward to in Hong Kong.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
Did you know you can have a unique cultural experience and immerse yourself in a beautiful tropical setting without leaving United States territory? Puerto Rico is the hidden gem for convenient yet amazing business travels. Join your hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth as they share ideal destinations for your next meeting and event travel. With them today are Wesley Elizabeth Cullen, General Manager at Casa Bacardi, and Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, to discuss the scenic views and immersive experiences you can enjoy minus the hassle of passports, currency exchange, and translators. From the rich history and the creation of rum to water sports and food stalls, get to know the diverse activities and destination favorites you can offer your next group incentive travel.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
With its beautiful landscape and desert terrain, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona is sure to welcome you with year-round sunshine and warmth. On today’s show, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share why Phoenix and Scottsdale should be on top of your list. And if you need help selecting the right hotel for the occasion, listen in as they go through their list of the top 7 hotels worth staying in. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
What are the new and exciting hotels around the world you can check out for your next meeting destination? The show’s guest today is Michael Dominguez, President and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). In this episode, Mike gives quick updates about protocols and new technologies you should know when staying in at hotels. You’ll also receive restaurant recommendations you definitely want to try out when you visit their place! If you’re looking for a place for your next business travel, this episode is for you. Don’t miss out! Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
For those who want to immerse their business travel into colorful dances, historic culture, and exquisite wine, there’s no better place than the Paris of South America: Buenos Aires. Emmy-winning host and dancer Mickela Mallozzi shares her experiences with milongas, which is more about connecting with people than just dancing tango. Meanwhile, Juan Melo Pacheco explores the Argentinian hospitality they take pride in at The Faena Hotel, making it an excellent event destination for any purpose. For their destination favorites, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth look at everything Buenos Aires has to offer by going beyond the wine tastings and tango dancing.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
Choosing destinations for incentive trips are our specialty. From wine tours in Napa Valley, to hiking Machu Picchu, here is our guide to the top incentive travel destinations. Join in as we rave about six wonderful destinations you’d want to consider for your next company incentive trip. The key to having a successful company trip is proper planning to ensure comfortable accommodations for your members. Don’t miss out on these must-visit destinations!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
The Caribbean is home to many outstanding incentive spots and luxury resorts, but very few are as prestigious as La Romana’s first private resort, the Casa De Campo Resort & Villas. Whether you’re into golf, adventure treks, scuba diving, all-night parties or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of a private island, this resort in the Dominican Republic has got it all for you. Join our hosts Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth as they talk to Jason Kycek, the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Casa De Campo about what makes his resort so great. Jason delves into the many amenities and activities found on the resort, as well as giving us a look at the resort’s best-kept secrets. If you are looking for a Caribbean destination, then this episode is a must-catch.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
Andy McNeill talks with Adam Stoker, the President and CEO of Relic, an advertising agency that specializes in the tourism industry, about rural destinations and why companies should consider going to these places rather than conventional destinations. Adam tells Andy that one of the unique things about rural destinations is the ability to offer a more unique experience than major destinations, making meeting and event travel a more memorable experience for the team. He mentions that rural destinations have Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) and Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) that work together to promote these locations to bring in events and continue to generate visitation.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
A city steeped in the Mediterranean Sun, history, and full of great culinary traditions, Lisbon is today’s destination. Join our hosts, Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth as they explore the city for the best restaurants. Bringing two prominent people of the city, they talk to Michelin Star winning chef  José Avillez and the General Manager of the iconic hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, Miguel Garcia. José shares his views about the best restaurants in Lisbon, the culinary traditions of Portugal, and his venue, Barrio do Avillez. Miguel then lets us in on his experiences running the most iconic 5-star hotel, what sets apart the Tivoli from others, and what he thinks are the must-dos in the city. Take a trip to Lisbon as you join today’s episode.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
Planning a meeting in Philadelphia is easy when local hotels are historic, award-winning, and offer luxury amenities. From short walks to the Liberty Bell to dinner with panoramic city views, here are our top hotels in Philadelphia. Fall in love with history in this mesmerizing city while enjoying top-notch cuisine from the best restaurants. Business travelers will be sure to find great lodging in these most exquisite amenities.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://americanmeetings.com/podcast
Michelle McGann, professional golfer and Palm Beach local, shares her favorite golf courses and places to shop. Plus, we sit down with The Breakers, which led to the rise of Palm Beach becoming the first resort destination. Its Senior Vice President – Sales, Jim Mostad, joins us to break down the hotel's greatest offers and amenities. For our bucket list, we talk about the most exciting festivities to attend, the most popular destinations to visit, and the unique recreational activities to try. As America's first tourist destination, Palm Beach is truly a sight to behold and a place full of thrilling things to do.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Destination Everywhere Community today:https://www.destination-everywhere.com/FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterYouTube
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