Wishing for a vacation in the northeast


Today’s Wishlist item comes from Account Executive Katie who is dreaming of summer in Cape-Cod!

Dear Santa,

I want to relive this past summer’s friend-cation—5 families, 1 set of triplets, 1 set of twins, lots of banter, sunshine, good food and wine—with Spring Break in Cap Cod.  On my holiday wishlist is a getaway with the kiddos at Wequasset Resort and Golf Club. Calvin, my 6-year-old, would be right at home in the pirate ship at their kids club. The adult pool area and tennis courts are inviting as well. So please Santa, wrap up a drive along the coast, chowder lunch on the deck, tennis in the evening and a villa full of loved ones for me this Christmas. I’ve been good.

– Katie



Ten most Popular Thanksgiving Destinations of 2013

Original source: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/11/12/top-10-most-popular-thanksgiving-destinations/ 

According to data compiled from hotwire.com Fox news recently assembled a list of the 10 most popular Thanksgiving destinations for 2013. Here’s our take on this year’s hot turkey day travel spots.


Are you heading to any of these Turkey day destinations?


New York City

#1 on the list was no a surprise at all, Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade as well as the fantastic shopping outlets of the big apple make this a perfect place to be on Thanksgiving and black Friday.

Fox points out that Super storm sandy shut down 30% of lodging in the city last year, so hotels should expect to do much better this year.


 Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas coming in at #3 was unexpected. You don’t necessarily think of wholesome family get-together’s when you think of Vegas, but the city has been recently trying to rebrand itself in a  move towards more family friendly entertainment. Apparently that strategy has been successful enough to make Vegas a major Thanksgiving travel spot.


 London, England

#8 is also quite surprising, London. Since Thanksgiving is an American Holiday and often a very family centric one. But there’s not reason you can’t be thankful while enjoying an overseas get-away.


Unsurprisingly, Orlando and Miami did make the list, but it’s kind of surprising that other big warm weather hubs in the southeast like New Orleans or Houston didn’t make the list.

You can probably use this as a sign of what cities to avoid to stay away from crowds, or ideas of where to go next year. Either way, be sure to check out Fox’s full list.


And of course an Infographic

Continuing with the theme of thanksgiving travel, here’s a great infographic from Bus Bank

Some of the more interesting stats include a list of the most traveled roads on thanksgiving (#1 is the I-95 corridor).

Another fun fact is how far the average trips are. Most trips are between 50-99 miles, second most are 150-249, and the average trip distance is 214.


Take Part in a One-Project Build at IHMRS


Our friends at Clean The World are hosting a One-Project build at the International Hotel Motel and Restaurant Show  this year. CTW along with Cisco Guest Supply will be trying to assemble 10,000 kits. If you’re headed to the show be sure to stop by and help out!

One Kit. One Team. One Project. One Life. 

Clean The World’s One Project is a unique opportunity for individuals to make a big difference in their communities. The basic concept of the project is to assemble and then distribute hygiene kits to those who don’t have access to basic amenities such as soap and toothpaste.

If you’ve ever had to skip brushing your teeth for a day, you know how valuable basic hygiene items can be to simply feeling human. It’s easy to take soap,shampoo and a toothbrush for granted until you don’t have them. Unfortunately the reality of not having these items is not just an issue of comfort for the less fortunate, it’s also a vital health concern. The One Project focuses on the fact that one kit can make a huge difference in someone’s quality of life.

Who is Clean the World

Millions of deaths each year are a result of poor hygiene, due to lack of basic necessities such as soap. Clean The World’s mission is to help prevent these deaths by collecting and recycling discarded amenities from hotels.

IHMRS Build 

Last year the McConnell Marketing team had a great experience doing a One-Project build. This year Megan and Katie will get a chance to help out once again as they hit the conference.

The Clean the World ONE project build will be at Booth 2582, please stop by and help out!