There have been a handful of posts related to the Insider Gathering scheduled for September 16-17, 2016 in Houston. Forgive me for adding another. This one may not be as flashy or as interesting as some of the previous ones. It serves simply to provide details without any opinions or embellishment.
What: Meeting of a number of regular contributors to the Marriott Rewards Insiders forum.
One does not need to be a long-time member of this community to attend. We made an open announcement on MRI and everyone is welcome to join us.
Where: The JW Marriott Galleria in Houston.
5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056.
Don't mistake it for the JW in downtown Houston.
JW Houston Downtown
806 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
This is a change from the JW Marriott Houston Galleria
Staying at the JW is not necessary. There are other nearby Marriott properties which some may choose to visit.
Please see Re: ANNOUNCEMENT - Hotel Change for Sept 16-17, 2016 Insider Gathering (TIPPLE) for more details/
When: September 16 & 17, 2016
There are no scheduled events, however we intend to meet both Friday and Saturday evening. Some may wish to participate only one of the two nights. Others might want to arrive earlier or leave later. Time and place of each evening's gathering will be announced in the coming months.
This meetup happens to coincide with what is normally the beginning of the Fall MegaBonus. Whether that occurs this year, we don't know yet, but this would be good way to get a jump on earning nights and stays should it begin September 15 like in years past.
We've added a cocktail reception hosted by Marriott on Saturday from 7-9pm
Who: Any Insider who wants to join.
Why: brightlybob is visiting from the U.K. and he and I thought it made a perfect excuse to get a bunch of us together.
Brightlybob is keeping an updated list of people who have indicated they plan to attend (and a second list of folks undecided as to whether or not they will be there). He's only keeping track to give us a general idea of numbers. Being on either list does not commit anyone to attend. It just helps us let the property know what to expect.
Even without extensive planning of events, getting to this point was not easy. Please don't ask us to change the date. Don't suggest alternative cities. Don't ask to add specific activities to the weekend. We're not going to accommodate. That said, if individuals wish to get together outside the parameters of the Insider Meetup, that's great.
At this point, we're not looking beyond this gathering. There are no plans to do something like this again. That doesn't mean such plans will not be made, it just means we're not thinking about it now. So please don't go suggesting places where we could do this in the future (at least not yet). Let's focus on making this one successful.
As seasoned Marriott travelers, I'm sure many of you have already begun making plans for the trip. I know I have. I look forward to seeing you there.
Brian (aka bejacob)
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Message was edited by: bejacob to note the change in venue
"Seasoned" - is that a nice way of saying I'm old and senile? Does that mean I am being accused of being forgetful?
That isn't nice bejacob. You should have respect for your elders.
By the way, I don't recall knowing about this meeting. I'll check my calendar and see if I can attend.
Very good post my friend, looking forward to having all the Insiders coming to Houston and meeting them and yes that includes you as well. It is wonderful to have the ability to get to know one another on a more personal level and the laughs, stories, experiences and fun is sure to entertain.
Let's set the bar high (not too high to have a few "meds") and come one come all.
WHAT A BORING, BORING POST.
I mean, all it contains is the facts?
Where's the pictures of beer?
Or a barroom?
Or some pretty girls?
Or just a devilishly handsome Englishman?
I'm sorry bejacob, but you need to stop this straightforwardly informative style of posting.
OH... And it's TIPPLE... Re: Who's attending TIPPLE in Houston on 16th & 17th Sept 2016? Here's the list
Not "Insiders Gathering"
Sorry, folks, just can't get the staff these days!
Really, brightlybob. Every comic needs his straight man. I know my role here.
I must admit you are right on all counts. Just one question. Where is the devilishly handsome Englishman you mentioned?
Well, our list of attendees seems to have stopped growing at just shy of 20 with still a bit more than 6 months to go. Considering that my original estimate was no more than 10, I'd say things have gone well.
Hey Marriott. Looking for a focus group to discuss loyalty? We've already set one up for you. Come on down to Houston and chat with us. We'd be glad to share a few insights in exchange for some MR points.
I have entered negotiations with the Great Value Inn - Galleria area - Houston - they are offering complimentary day old pancakes, liquid eggs breakfast - no charge for one change of linen - bed bugs included at no extra cost - free transpiration to the bar at the JW - 55.00 per night (private bath 20.00 surcharge)
misterchk You can't cancel... I already saved you a seat in my room at the bar!
The opportunity to visit with you at the JW Bar and discuss what controversies I can create might win me over to make the trip -
I have asked the JW to guarantee my safety by adding additional security. Another possibility would be to arrive incognito - I am currently holding seven reservations under assumed names to cause the confustion necessary to enter "below the radar".
Let us hope that the attendees don't find out your are an undercover operative of the "Dark Side".
Hey Gang. Don't forget, in less than three months, a large number of Marriott Rewards Insiders will descend on Houston. Come meet many of the crazy wonderful folks who make this site great. While I wish all the most active members of this site could be there, I am pleased that a couple dozen of us plan to attend.
Many have asked to make this an annual event. I won't promise that will happen, but if this meet-up turns out to be a big success, future gatherings may be more likely. Don't forget to book your special "Marriott Rewards Insiders" rate. Details can be found at ANNOUNCEMENT - Hotel Change for Sept 16-17, 2016 Insider Gathering (TIPPLE). Just make sure to book before August 17, 2016.
See you in Houston in a few months.
No further venue changes will be necessary. Had the Galleria been willing to offer us such a great rate and make the lounge available all weekend, even this change would have been unneeded. I do apologize for the change.
I am pleased that NathalieF was able to help get all the details sorted out. That she was also able to get Marriott to host a Saturday evening reception for all of us is just icing on the cake.