To commemorate Chrisf "World Tour" next year I am recommending a first annual "Open House" for any current or former Marriott Insiders. Everyone will be on their own "Dime" or points and I will see if all MI can get at least a "Best Available" rate. I know a lot of people can't make it during the week, but it happens when it happens. I would like to plan one year ahead and eventually hold a similar event in Washington, DC, where we could get a chance to meet Marriott Insiders staff in person.
Here is the initial itinerary. Again, I am looking forward to welcoming Chris and others to join me on this initial event. All events start at 5:30 PM or ?
Monday, April 22, JW Marriott Houston, Texas This wonderful location, right across from The Galleria is MI friendly. I will be working with there management to get the best room prices and treatment for MI. This would be the first ever MI "Open House"!
Thursday, May 2, Renaissance, Chicago River, Chicago, Il Another great location, close to shopping, walk to wonderful dining and hopefully make it to the Top of The John Hancock for a great view from 95 stories!
Thursday, May 16 Marriott County Hall in London, England The staff has already assured me of their support and what a place to HQ while seeing London. We should have a number of "Chaps" from GB show up and hope others can join us sometime during the week, but especially in the newly renovated lounge. I know Arkwright will do his best to make the event as he knows the property and has met some of their wonderful staff before.
Anyone have any suggestions? Please help me welcome Chris to a couple of US cities and hope you can bring your loved ones with you to the events. Again, no big deal, just a chance to meet other MI for a refreshment and laugh or two!
It may just be the four of us, but everyone is invited!
Tomorrow, I am working on good rates for us in Houston, and Chicago. I've got the County Hall booked on points, and they have been very supportive in London.
The worse is we can get together and have a wonderful meal at Simpson's in The Strand. Table 7!
Will keep you informed. I will be with NUhusker next week and see if he can join us in our "World Tour"!
Hope you can make Houston!
We all have to start somewhere and I will extend an invitation to all Marriott staff as well, but I do not want, nor expect, anything from them, other than their consistent quality to MI.
I really think that in years to come it will be very big! This could be the Marriott "Super Bowl" and everyone benefits!
Great idea! Will be looking for further detail. Not sure if I can do a Chicago-London trip so closely, but would be willing to give it a shot! After all...I'm retired... so I have time on my side....just not so sure my wife will be available for travel then....so I might have to come on my own......
Keep us posted!
Would be great to have you bring your family to any of the locations.
Really expect a small turnout at first, but if could become real fun. I would like to mix up the cities in the future. Would be great to have an event in:
Ottawa or Niagara Falls, Canada
So many wonderful places that would be great places to have a "Chin Wag", as my Canadian friend puts it!
Most of us are "Creatures of habit", when it comes to travel. We like to be comfortable and that is why I like Western Europe to much. Having now met other MI in various locations it really ads a lot to a travel experience. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy doing things on my own (Most people wouldn't enjoy the things/places I like anymore than I would like their selections),, but sharing experiences with other travelers is powerful and rewarding.
In closing, there are a lot of places I have never been but would go if there was a least one other MI to at least have a refreshment and conversation with.