Latest Travel Writings: From Europe to South America to Mexico and all across the United States, including her home state of Colorado, Diana enjoys writing about both business and leisure travel. Scroll down to read her most recent traveling adventures.

Diana contributes o multiple publications:

American Iron Motorcycle

Dallas Morning News

Global Traveler Magazine
American Eagle’s Latitudes (In-flight) – Denver local expert

Other publications include:,, Persimmon Hill Magazine, American Cowboy, + many more. You can contact Diana Rowe via Email.


2012 Travel Articles:

Colorado: America’s Winter Playground 
By : Diana Rowe   

Published Nov/Dec 2012 issue – American Eagle Latitudes
Colorado’s Rocky Mountains have long been lauded for their legendary ski conditions. With outrageous statistics like an average of 300 inches of snow and 300 days of sunshine per year, the place is tailor-made for winter sport enthusiasts. But planning a ski trip here is not reserved exclusively for thrill junkies or socialites. Colorado’s ski resorts appeal to every taste and budget.    
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2012 Global Traveler Magazine Contributor

Click here for complete list of Diana Rowe’s articles at Global Traveler

  October 2012 Global Traveler: Colombia, Adventure Add-On
Diana Rowe writes about her Colombia adventure: An underground exploration illuminates Colombia’s history and faith in the Salt Cathedral, near Bogota, Colombia. Continue reading »

 June 2012 Global Traveler: What Are You Waiting For?
As a trusted traveler, speed through security and customs. Continue reading »

April 2012 Global Traveler: Global Reach
Are worldwide airline alliances the wave of the future? Continue reading »

February 2012 Global Traveler: Southern Beauty
Be charmed and challenged by Callaway Gardens’ Lake View Course.
Continue reading »

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Top 10 Multigenerational Vacation Destinations
Round up the clan and head for the hills — and the lakes, canyons and speedway
By Diana Rowe | September 20, 2012

I grew up in a small town in Iowa, where spending time with my grandparents simply required crossing the street. In fact, we seldom went more than a few days without seeing one another. But for families sprawled across the country, or farther, time together can be a precious commodity.   That’s why so many are using our vacations as an opportunity for bonding. Bringing everyone together for a shared holiday creates not only a fun experience in the present but family stories to be recounted for years to come.
Over the past decade, multigenerational travel has become increasingly popular. In 2011, a Preferred Hotel Group study reported that 40 percent of leisure travelers, or 20.8 million Americans, had taken such a trip in the previous 12 months.



Above Top 10 MultiGen Vacation Destinations article Reprinted at



Riding Colorado’s Rails
By : Diana Rowe   

Published June 2012 issue – American Eagle Latitudes

Colorado’s mountain landscape is dotted with forgotten mining ghost towns and abandoned train stations. Yet the same willpower it took for people to lay the rails across the Colorado Rockies keeps the romance of the rails alive. Colorado offers several opportunities for couples and families to ride the rails and relive the golden age of railroads when the iconic blue-suited conductor first stood on his platform, a gold pocket watch in his hands, shouting, “All aboard!”  
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Guides for

Manchester with Kids
Museum of Science & Industry, LEGOLAND, Old Trafford Museum, Manchester United Stadium

Highlights of Manchester’s Architecture
A tour of Manchester’s diverse architectural heritage within the City Centre.

Manchester Highlights of the City Tour
Discover Manchester during this highlights of the city tour.

Manchester Pub Crawl
Sample Manchester’s top pubs and nightlife

Manchester for Foodie Highlights
Taste the best of Manchester’s culinary scene. Denver Local Expert

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Golf in the Rockies  July 2, 2012

Colorado is a paradise for golfers, boasting 300 days of sunshine each year, essentially offering year-round opportunities to golf in the Rockies.  Read more »


Affordable Family Vacation Destinations May 10, 2012

Whether your vacation takes you to the northwest, the west, the south or the east, these destinations across the US—Portland, Denver, South Padre Island, and Philadelphia—provide lots of family fun at a great price.
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Start a New Tradition: Spend Mother’s Day at the Spa May 1, 2012

Not sure what to do for Mom this year? Let our local experts from Denver, San Antonio, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, and Boston inspire you to arrange a relaxing spa getaway. Read more »


March 2012-Present

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Reviews of hotels, resorts, and lodging worth talking about.



2011 Travel Articles:

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                              Recent articles at Global Traveler include:

Spain_GolfOctober 2011 – Swing through Spain
With hundreds of courses and plenty of sun, Spain sports a passion for golf.

August 2011 – Turkey: Playground of the Gods
Turkey Emerges as the newest international golf paradise.


You may also click to read more of her travel articles in the archived section


Diana Rowe, Editor of Motorcycle Rider News

Motorcycle Rider


Event Insurance: Are You Sure?


Tech Tool  Revolution
October 2009

Event Solutions Magazine Page 48-51





Event Insurance: Are You Sure?


Event Insurance: Are You Sure? 
By Diana Rowe  Page 8-9





Event Solutions

By Diana Rowe – September 2009

IS THE SOCIAL EVENT MARKET FOR YOU?   Could social events be an opportunity when corporate and other business is slow? ES delves into how event pros around the country are making it work – and how you can too


Motorcycle Rider News  

Photo Credit Motorcycle Rider News Cover September 2009

Motorcycle Rider



Review of the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh
Review of the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh

By Diana Rowe

The clock tower of The Balmoral
With a view of this capital city’s historic landmarks, a clock tower reigns atop Rocco Forte The Balmoral, a luxury, 188-room hotel in the heart of Edinburgh and across from Waverly Station. Its long history began in 1902 as the North British Hotel (or NB), catering to the passengers from two now-demolished train stations.

Besides its prime location in bustling Edinburgh, The Balmoral also lays claim to a famous guest, author J.K. Rowling of “Harry Potter” fame, who finished the last book in the series as a guest at the five-star hotel.


Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico


Reviews of the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico

By Diana Rowe



Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort pool at dusk
The 2,457-room Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is framed by 2,000 feet of white sand beaches and 123 acres of jungle, just minutes from the Cancun airport. Its close proximity to the action combined with its tranquility makes the all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort a frequent vacation choice for travelers of all ages. The Moon Palace offers two large, beachfront lagoon-style pools, four swim-up bars, two kids’ pools, one Golf Club pool, six Jacuzzis, 13 international restaurants, nightly entertainment at 11 bars and lounges, fully equipped fitness center, private Kids’ Club and plenty of water sports activities.


Snowmass Colorado Trip Reviews
Snowmass Colorado Trip Reviews

By Diana Rowe

Snowmass, Colorado
Surrounded by Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and Elk Mountain Range, Snowmass is often overshadowed by its glitzy neighbor, Aspen. Included in the town’s 25 square miles is Snowmass Village, the second largest ski mountain in Colorado. Accommodations range from charming boutiques to resorts to time shares.

This European-style village is continually refreshing its mountain face, recently adding five restaurants in the new $1 billion base village, additional condominium lodging and on-mountain restaurant, new recreation center and Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center. Public transportation includes free village shuttles and buses to Aspen for a small fee (free during ski season).


Hotel Reviews for Fiesta Americana Coral Beach in Cancun
Hotel Reviews for Fiesta Americana Coral Beach in Cancun

By Diana Rowe

Luxury oceanfront accommodations on a secluded beach
Located in the center of Cancun’s bustling entertainment district, the five-diamond, 602-all-suite Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach combines luxury oceanfront accommodations with 984 feet of secluded beachfront indulgence. Superb amenities, delicious cuisine and adventures for all ages blend to make the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun a vacation stop for guests of all ages.


Barcelo Tucancun Beach All Inclusive Reviews
Barcelo Tucancun Beach All Inclusive Reviews

By Diana Rowe

The pool with its view of the Caribbean Sea, steps from white sand beaches
Located a block from Cancun’s popular “Hotel Zone,” Barceló Tucancun Beach is an all-inclusive resort boasting a Caribbean Sea address and the famous white sand beaches. The Barcelo Tucancun Beach offers its guests three seaside, outdoor swimming pools, five bars and four dining options. Its front lobby is mere steps away from the exclusive Kukulkan Plaza shopping center and a myriad of dining, shopping and nightlife choices.

Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver Review

By Diana Rowe

Harbour View suites Pan Pacific Vancouver
The 23-story Pan Pacific Vancouver is a popular, landmark, downtown waterfront hotel. This luxury hotel consistently earns a five-diamond rating from the American Automobile Association. All 503 luxurious guest rooms (including 39 suites) offer amazing views of the Coastal Mountains, Coal Harbour and/or the Vancouver city skyline. Connected to the Vancouver Convention Centre & Exhibition Centre, the hotel shares its prestigious Canada Place complex address with CN IMAX theatre, the World Trade Centre office complex and Vancouver’s Cruise Ship Terminal. Guests also have convenient access to Stanley Park, shopping, theatres and the financial district.

About Traveling to Puerto Rico
About Traveling to Puerto Rico

By Diana Rowe

About Traveling to Puerto Rico
When traveling to Puerto Rico, you are entering the gateway to the Caribbean, just 1,000 miles southeast of Miami. Its economy is based on the production and exportation of manufactured goods, high-technology equipment and pharmaceuticals.
Only 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, Puerto Rico is between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and is home to almost 4 million people, with 1.5 million residing in San Juan.

History of the Brown Palace
The History of the Brown Palace Hotel

By Diana Rowe

The History of the Brown Palace Hotel
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa has been an integral part of downtown Denver’s history since its opening Aug. 12, 1892. Over its long history, The Brown (as it is known by locals) has welcomed guests from all walks of life, including presidents


Our Princess Land

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs: “Our Princess Land”

By Guest Blogger07/16/2009
Diana Rowe

“Welcome to my princess land, Gramma” is how my four-year-old granddaughter greeted me at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs on our recent visit there. I could see how the historic towers might resemble a castle to a four-year-old enthralled with the storybook world of princesses and princes. Perhaps the only missing structures were a drawbridge and moat, but Kaydence didn’t seem to notice.
And it’s no stretch of the imagination that the attention you receive from the uniformed staff is fit for a princess. A security guard greets you first, and from that moment, you’re whisked away into your own magical kingdom with what seems like your own personal servants. This wasn’t my first visit to the luxurious Broadmoor, but it was my first hotel adventure with my two grandchildren, Kaydence and two-year-old Ryland.

The Broadmoor magazine 2009-2010

The Broadmoor magazine 2009-2010

“Five Star Secrets” behind-the-scenes, “double-secret agent” look at The Broadmoor’s amazing hospitality,
go to page 80:
Pikes Peak International Raceway (Colorado Springs): From spectator sport to afternoon activity,
go to page 85:

Exploring the Affordable; U.S. National Parks

Exploring the Affordable; U.S. National Parks article

Riviera Maya Makes Entire Families Happ

Riviera Maya Makes Entire Families Happy
August 2009

With two dozen travelers between the ages of 2 and 62, finding a destination that offered everything to every age was important, and that’s why, for our family vacation, we looked south of the border to Mexico’s ( Riviera Maya. Sure, it’s is a destination of beaches, but the Riviera Maya offers something for everyone from championship golf to culture to the unabashed luxury of lounging in the sun or splashing in the kid’s pool.

For travelers looking for a deal, Mexico’s Riviera Maya, located in the country’s easternmost state of Quintana Roo, has never looked better. It offers an unmatched combination of proximity, value, comfort, climate, exotic setting and hospitality. With the strain of the economy, it doesn’t hurt to add the strength of the U.S. dollar against the Mexican peso.

July 2009 Event Solutions Magazine Talent Talk

July 2009 Event Solutions Magazine Talent Talk article

Looking for the right speaker to re-energize your meeting? Find out the latest trends – and the speakers who deliver.

IFMM July Aug 2009

More Than A Game: Golf programs combine serious Business & Teambuilding
“Which scenario do you think yields the highest return on investment?” asked Stephanie Nagami. ” Five minutes of conversation at cocktail hour with the hum of dozens of other conversations buzzing around you, or four hours of bonding with the same three players on a pristinely landscaped, signature golf course? My vote is for golf programs.” Nagami is vice president, Ohana Services, The Pacific Bridge Companies Inc., a Monrovia, CA-based financial services company.

Business Traveler

Summer in the City

Diana Rowe finds that summers in Denver are action-packed too
Business Traveler – May 2009 published, online June 2009

When the Democratic National Convention (DNC) selected Denver as its host city, and some 50,000 delegates and visitors descended on the city last summer, many speculated that the seven-county metro area couldn’t carry it off. But the success of the pivotal four-day convention has helped put this old mining town back on travelers’ maps.
Says Mayor John Hickenlooper, “Denver is the largest city in a 600-mile radius, so we have become the cultural, sports, shopping and nightlife capital for a vast region of the country. The DNC allowed us to showcase our great city.”

Dude Ranch: For the Good Old Fashioned Outdoors

June 2009 Featured Special Interest


Dude Ranch: For The Good Old Fashioned Outdoors

A herd of horses neigh at your approach while the sun gently slips behind the surrounding mountains. The distant clanging of a bell announces dinner. Slightly sweaty but exhilarated and astride your own mount, you challenge your teenagers to a race back to the ranch.

Leave the “wish you were here” postcards at the general store and bring the whole family along. Who wants to read about your vacation when they can experience it first-hand themselves? Perhaps that’s why multi-generational vacations are one of the most popular travel trends today. Families are made to cowgirl- and cowboy-up at dude ranches, which offer an outdoor invitation to relax and enjoy an Old West experience with your entire family.

Dude ranches are scattered throughout the West and come in all shapes and size. Arguably these ranches are the best setting for your multi-generational family to kick up their heels or kick-back, dude ranches give travelers a first-hand taste of the good old fashioned outdoors – ranch-style.

Don’t get caught up in the stereotypes as dude ranches are not limited to horse people, providing multiple activities for those horse-shy family members, such as hiking or fishing. The great outdoors provides tons of activities, although some ranches opt to stock their lakes or streams.

Event Solutions

June 2009 Next-Generation Meetings:

 HOW WEB 2.0 IS REVOLUTIONIZING MEETINGS  The Web 2.0 revolution isn’t just confined to the online space — it’s changing the way we meet. Find out how you should be rethinking your meeting and event strategy


Corporate and Incentive Travel June 2009 CSR Goes Mainstream
The days of “the business of business is business” may be dwindling. Companies are no longer expected to merely earn a profit, said Ira Jackson, dean of the Drucker School at Clare¬mont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. Companies are also judged by their contributions to the world around them. Nowadays, corporate social responsibility is about much more than simple corporate philanthropy.

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Big Fish, Little Pond – May 2009

A shrinking budget relocates a meeting faster than a speeding bullet, according to Tom Stiles. “It’s a sign of the economy,” explains Stiles, vice president of advertising, West Coast, for the Santa Monica, CA-based Nickelodeon Kids & Family Group.

With meetings under intense scrutiny and budgets ever tightening, planners are detouring from first- (and even second-) tier cities, making stops in off-the-beaten-path destinations and hotels to stay under budget and under the radar.


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Girls Just Want To Golf — In Wales    April 2009
Wales offers up world-class golfing against a breathtaking and beautiful natural backdrop.

These days, it seems more and more girls just want to play golf, so why not play golf where the game started – or at least nearby in Wales, where “golf is as it should be” is the country’s slogan? A four-day whirlwind visit allowed me to discover that Wales, the home of the 2010 Ryder Cup, is indeed a golfing gal’s new best friend.



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Corporate & Incentive Travel

Attendees at a sales meeting take a much-needed break and play a round of golf. An hour into the game, the players high-five after one of them hits a perfect shot that lands on the green inches from the cup. One hole back, another group can’t help laughing as one sales rep’s drive sails through the air, hits a tree and plunks into the pond. At a scenic 3-par around the bend, another foursome pauses for a moment as a red-tailed fox races across the fairway. Roughly four hours later, they meet in the clubhouse for awards and a casual buffet. The attendees engage in good-natured back-slapping and friendly chatter — a 180-degree turn from the early shotgun start when most of them met for the first time. The dramatic change is the result of a few relaxing hours of camaraderie, teambuilding and new relationships that can only be forged on a golf course.

ACF 2009 Grow Your Annual Meeting
AC&F April/May 2009

The annual meeting is a given. But unfortunately, the economy isn’t. Some members are struggling with the fiscal fallout and its effects on their own organizations, which may or may not elect to subsidize association membership and travel costs. For their part, meeting planners are challenged with trimmed-down staff and marketing and meeting budgets.

Sending The Right Message
AC&F April/May 2009

Two years ago the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) was searching for an alternative to the standard charity golf tournament that traditionally preceded their annual conference. “We wanted ‘something’ that gave back to the community,” said Maureen Cameron, marketing director, conventions, seminars and forums for NBAA.


April 2009 – Florida

“The upside of the down economy is that it has forced meeting planners to be more creative and relearn the importance of partnerships between planners and suppliers,” said Susan Katz, director of events for the Chicago-based True Value Company.

Singing For Their Supper

Singing for your supper is a good thing. These days, the old adage aptly describes the raison d’etre of our modern-day convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) — the marketing and promotion of their destination to bolster tourism and attract meetings, events and conventions, albeit in a clever, entertaining way.



Diana In The News – March/April 2009
Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas article

Release Date: 01/13/2009 – Article in Denver Travel Examiner

Excerpt from Diana Rowe’s article on The Trail of the Ancients byway includes landscape painted red and orange and the opportunity to see the mind-blowing Ancestral Puebloan sites at the Canyons of the Ancients and Hovenweep National Monuments, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, the Anasazi Heritage Center and Mesa Verde National Park (an UNESCO World Heritage Site). This byway is definite road trip from Denver through southwest Colorado, so allow at least 3 hours for this more than 100 mile jaunt, or make it an overnight stay in Durango. National Parks top travel trend in 2009. Speaking of road trips, national parks, like Mesa Verde, will be a top trend in 2009 for families looking for vacations that will allow them to make some lifetime memories and save a few pennies. In a recent TripAdvisor survey, 73 percent said they plan to visit a national park in 2009, up from 62 percent one year ago. Read complete article here

Dierks Bentley “Sideways”

By The Georgia Jukebox * March 7, 2009 – Review by Diana Rowe

Phoenix native Dierks Bentley released his second single from his #1 album, Feel that Fire. The title is “Sideways” (Songwriters: Jim Beavers & Dierks Bentley) – and it lives up to its name.

February 12, 2009 6:00 pm: Diana Rowe was one of several featured travel experts interviewed on Boulder, Colorado radio station: KGNU’s weekly program,“It’s the Economy.” The hour-long program centered around the topic of “travel and tourism in this economic crisis.”  She was contacted as a result of her weekly columns as Denver Travel Examiner ( ) and her blog at . She discussed Colorado tourism, staycations, and how to find bargains. More information at: or listen to the podcast:


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Feb/March 2009 Adventures West – Family Travel
All Together Now
By Diana Rowe

Granddad, Grandma, Aunts, Uncles, Mom, Dad, and the kids: As travelers of all ages are discovering, a family that plays together has more fun

“Wish you were here” postcards are so yesterday. Today’s active grandparents aren’t content to just read about a trip—they want in on the action. Grandparents prefer combining their love of traveling and joy of spending time with grandchildren into multigenerational family vacations, one of the most popular trends in travel today.

Convention Centers

Officials from the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority today announced that AWWA has selected Philadelphia as the host city for its 2017 convention in the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center.




Sixth Homeland Defense and Security Symposium’s Career Summit Welcomes Hurt Soldiers to Broadmoor
December 16, 2008
By Diana Rowe

Twenty-three-year-old Marine Caleb Wood was focused, ready to do the right thing for his country and his family, until his recent deployment from southern California’s Camp Pendleton to Iraq turned his four-year military career into a label: wounded soldier.

His injury brought him back to the U.S. to recuperate, only to find that he had a dim future ahead of him. “I’m ready to work and have experience in radio communication,” Wood said. “Yet the resources to find a civilian job haven’t been available.”

Corporate and Incentive Travel December 2009 Caribbean Islands
The pirates recognized a good thing when they sailed the seas to invade and inhabit the Caribbean islands. Planners should take note as well. From the Old Dutch lure of Aruba to the fascinating shipwrecks of the Cayman Islands to the eclectic mix of cultures in Puerto Rico and St. Martin, the Caribbean’s charm works for meetings, too.

Meetings On The Fly
Meetings on the fly have never looked so good. The benefits of booking meetings at airport-adjacent hotels: Value, convenience, efficiency and minimal ground travel time, to name a few, have always attracted attention from meeting planners.

CIT November 2008 Working With DMCs
When planners need a tried and true formula for meeting success, they often turn to a recognized destination management company (DMC) because they have extensive and comprehensive knowledge of the destination and the meeting planning process. Moreover, a great DMC can help a planner save valuable time and get the most bang for her buck, which is certainly the No. 1 priority nowadays.



IFMM Sep Oct 2008

The Art Of Matching Speakers With Your Audience
A New York Times best-selling author with more than a dozen books to his name took the stage as the much-hyped motivational speaker for the evening. He stared into the faces of more than 300 excited employees of a Fortune 500 company. All the attendees had received his new release as their welcome gift. Most had read his books already. As the old saying goes, “you could have heard a pin drop” as everyone waited to hear and be moved by his motivational speech. And waited. And waited. And waited.

CIT Oct 2008 Choosing Speakers
Corporate and Incentive Travel October 2008

Imagine the ultimate Baja Mexico experience, racing through changing terrain on segments of the famous Baja 1000 racecourse. Turn the adventure into a meeting. Add a full day of brainstorming and networking, mix in a celebrity VIP as guest speaker, and you’ve just presented your attendees with a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The challenge is choosing an exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime speaker to put an exclamation point on this memorable event.


CIT September 2008 Independent Planners
Corporate and Incentive Travel September 2008

In today’s hectic world of tight corporate budgets and increased workload, one person is often required to wear several hats. So many hats, in fact, that Paul Valenta, sales manager for Calmac Manufacturing Corporation, recently lamented, “There just isn’t another hook to hang a meeting planner’s hat, too. We plan meetings infrequently enough that we knew it was a good business decision to hire a third-party planning company.”

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Girls Just Want To Golf – In Wales article

Girls just want to play golf, so why not play golf where the game began – or at least close by in Wales, where “golf as it should be” is the country’s slogan? A four-day whirlwind visit allowed me to discover that Wales, the home of the 2010 Ryder Cup, is indeed a golfing gal’s new best friend.

Scotland might be considered the birthplace of golf, but the high price of a round can bring a girl’s swing down. Wales boasts a stunning backdrop of sea and mountain, hill and vale, welcoming people and a natural setting for some of the best golf in the world – and is much less expensive and less crowded than their neighbor. That’s quite enough to put this small, often-missed gem of a country back on the map.

Ashford Castle Golf

Princess Pampering At Ireland’s Ashford Castle article

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 15:55

Diana Rowe  


Whether it was blind luck or traveling insight, I had chosen the incredible Ashford Castle by simply putting the magical words “castle” and “princess” out into the universe. On a recent trip with my friend Gaylene, I discovered that staying here is not simply a hotel experience – it’s an out-of-this-world encounter.

CIT August 2008 Meetings at Sea
Corporate and Incentive Travel August 2008

Imagine the hit your incentive program would be if you could offer a buffet of cultural feasts filled with landscapes that have inspired travelers for centuries — and your attendees only have to unpack their bags once.

For planners who are looking for one simple solution with multiple destinations that excite and motivate, cruises are fast becoming the all-inclusive floating hotel of choice. Whether you want to explore the great rivers and waterways of Europe, Russia, China and Egypt on a Costa Cruise or Viking River Cruise, or have some fun in the Caribbean sun and do business while traveling with your family on a Disney Cruise Line, cruises offer planners a unique, efficient and cost-effective venue for their meetings, accommodating groups up to 3,800.

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Corporate & Incentive Travel August 2008

“Meeting planners should take note,” said Mary Jo Valentine Blythe, CMP, “because Chicago is going through a major transformation. From massive restorations returning historic hotels like the Palmer House Hilton to their original grandeur, to increasing meeting space at The Fairmont Chicago and Swissôtel Chicago continues to secure its top ranking as a U.S. destination for meetings.”

Grand Junction Colorado Meet You at the Junction

Maybe it’s symbolic that the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers so naturally convene in Grand Junction. There’s certainly a majestic allure to this place that falls in the shadow of the red-rock walled Colorado National Monument: the activity afforded by natural wonders, the generous space (outdoors and in), the accessibility of acclaimed cuisine and entertainment. For meeting and event planners, every one of Grand Junction’s varied elements blends to create a natural choice for gatherings

Taxco Mexico Silver

Mexico‘s Silver Fair
Located 185 km southwest of Mexico City, in the northern Guerrero State, the streets of Taxco (Tahs-co) are lined with silver–silver jewelry, that is. In 1953 to honor the silver artisans, Mexico’s President declared the last Saturday in November through the first Sunday in December National Silver Day. The 2001 fair dates are November 24 through December 1.

As early as 1937, an American born, Taxco inhabitant, silver designer William Spratling began the fair’s celebration as an appreciation party to honor the artisans that produced his designs. Since then the fair has escalated to the national level, hosting a competition of Mexico’s best silversmiths and some of the world’s finest artisans.



As early as 1937, an American born, Taxco inhabitant, silver designer William Spratling began the fair’s celebration as an appreciation party to honor the artisans that produced his designs. Since then the fair has escalated to the national level, hosting a competition of Mexico’s best silversmiths and some of the world’s finest artisans.


Corporate and incentive Travel July 2008 issue On The Cover
Theme Parks: A Magical Formula for Out-of-this-World Meetings

As a corporate marketing veteran, Jennifer Palella has been planning meetings for a number of years. A seasoned professional, she is darn good at it, too. Late last year, she was charged with a most daunting task: To pull off four successful regional sales conferences in four far-flung corners of the world within a whirlwind eight-week span.
IFMM Jul 08 Clicking With Attendees

In today’s corporate world, a meeting planner’s to-do list often reads more like an impossible to-do list: selecting sites, negotiating rates and space, analyzing contracts, sending out requests for proposals, planning programs, and making food and beverage decisions. Then, the planner has to hunker down, offer an intriguing educational, training or incentive program and then promote the meeting to every potential attendee possible.

Las Vegas

When it’s time to crunch numbers, W. Douglas Hitt, CMP, president of local, full-service planning company Event Management Solutions said, “It’s a great time to make a deal in Las Vegas.” A 30-year resident with a career including stints at area resorts, Hitt was the first Las Vegas independent CMP. “Planners not looking at Las Vegas are missing the best value-oriented convention destination in the world,” Hitt continued.

Planning Golf Programs ***

Simply put, when your meeting objective is to develop and strengthen business relationships among your clients, sales teams and executives, golf is the answer — especially in the insurance and financial sectors of corporate America. A well-organized and well-executed golf program can produce long-lasting relationships and seal a deal more effectively than days in the boardroom.

CIT June 2008 Issue Gaming Resorts

There’s at least one certainty in this iffy economy — the corporate mandate to get “more bang for the buck.” However, this mandate sounds more and more like a mantra chanted by meeting planners who are increasingly challenged to trim costs without shortchanging the corporate objective or attendee experience. Paradoxically, when planners don’t want to gamble on whether a destination will meet the mandate, they turn to gaming resorts. logo

Mile High Meetings Send A Green Message JUNE 2008

Diana Rowe ( is a Denver-based freelance writer and a contributing editor to several meetings trade publications.Culinary delights, high thread counts, turndown service, and spa services are great, but what planners really want today are organic food, biodegradable soap, high-impact fluorescent light bulbs, and recycle bins. All across the globe, corporations are making their mark through investments aimed at improving the planet’s social and environmental problems.

That’s why planners are making conscious decisions to select cities and venues that are environmentally-conscious, and Denver (, the Mile-High city, is up for the green challenge.

Insurance and Financial Meetings Magazine May Jun 2008 Transformational Teambuilding

How many times have meeting planners had to endure groans and eye-rolling when attendees learn that teambuilding is on the agenda? That’s because tried-and-true approaches are beginning to lose their luster with overworked attendees who would rather be checking their BlackBerrys than “playing games” to satisfy the corporate mandate of developing motivated, productive employees. To compete for attendees’ attention, planners are charged with finding innovative activities that put the BlackBerry on the back burner.


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