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CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Entertainment Perks -Chicago Style

Entertainment Travel Industry Pioneer, Edie Siteman

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of entertainment travel industry pioneer, Edie Siteman, who passed peacefully on Tuesday, July 18th, at 93 year old, at home, family and friends by her side.

Edie's kindness, compassion and humor will be forever remembered. We fondly recall Edie's support of Tour Connection since inception. She warmly welcomed Tour Connection founder Allan Goetz, making many introductions over the years, always bringing people together, contributing profoundly to the entertainment travel world, booking legendary acts worldwide.

Our most sincere condolences to all of Edie's family, friends and colleagues. She will be greatly missed.

Room rates starting at $149 at AC Hotel Chicago Downtown


Book your room at the stylish AC Hotel Chicago Downtown hotel located in the heart of the upscale Michigan Avenue and River North Area. Just steps away from Chicago’s best shopping, dining, entertainment and attractions. The hotel offers sophisticated boutique appointments with European-inspired décor.

Every guest room comes appointed with a:
· Complimentary Wi-Fi access
· Flat-screen TV
· Netflix
· Mini-fridge
· Coffee and tea maker
· Two complimentary bottles of water

Contact: Kathryn Malis
KathrynMalis@achotelchicago.com

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square 15% commission in July & August

Located in the heart of Center City just eight miles from Philadelphia International Airport, and six blocks from Amtrak’s 30th street station, be in the center of it all! Only 5 miles to the Entertainment Venues: Wells Fargo & BB&T Pavilion, while only steps away from Rittenhouse Square’s popular restaurants, famous attractions and shopping district. ARTBAR, located on the lobby level, offers fresh contemporary cuisine and hand crafted cocktails or order room service from the comfort of the guestroom. In addition, there is Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on the lobby level and a 24 hour diner located next door to the hotel. All guestrooms have complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, in-room safe, iHome docking station and mini refrigerator.

Thompson Chicago featuring summer specials and a new face

Located in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast, Thompson Chicago is a stylish retreat specializing in personalized service, curated amenities, and residential comforts. Located just steps from Michigan Avenue, boutiques on Oak Street, and downtown's finest dining and nightlife destinations, the hotel boasts prominent views of the city and Lake Michigan as well as tech-savvy amenities, including built-in bedside USB chargers and rooms with individually dedicated ISP addresses. Encouraging exploration of the city's varied personalities, while providing comfort, freedom, and privacy, the property elevates hospitality and ushers in a new generation of Gold Coast travelers. Its residential feel and classic locale convey an inclusive, yet upscale environment that simply feels like home.

The 247-room hotel features bold interior architecture and rich accents by acclaimed British designer Tara Bernerd. Situated off of the lobby is the signature Italian seafood-driven restaurant, Nico Osteria, by One Off Hospitality. The Thompson Chicago is also an exclusive partner with Lexus, offering their guests complimentary house-car services and a complimentary rental program.

Whitney joins the Thompson Chicago team with experience across the Chicago market. This summer, book with Whitney to receive 3 comp upgrades at the group rate, 3 comp amenities, and 15% commission on all bookings through August 30, 2017, based upon availability.


ACME Hotel Company

15% Commission for groups staying now through April and each room gets a Free Drink Voucher for Berkshire Lounge.

BUNNY SLOPE
GO AHEAD,STICK A TOE IN...

Introducing Bunny Slope ... ACME's very own version of a post-slopes boozin' setting, minus the mountains! Now you and your friends can strip down (to swim suits of course), and chill, Apré-ski style smack dab in the middle of the 312. What? Yup!

Contact:
Brent Hinton
Director of Sales & Marketing
Direct – (312) 894-0955
Cell – (630) 835-9861
bhinton@acmehotelcompany.com

The Doyle Collection Entertainment Package

• Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
• In-room still & sparkling water
• 24-hour room service and concierge
• Nespresso coffee machines in all rooms

Come visit Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Director of Global Sales, at Table #14 at Tour Connection LA 2017!


Terms & Conditions
Superior, Deluxe and Studio Suite rates are room only, exclusive of VAT. Continental breakfast available at £8 per guest per day or English breakfast at £15 per guest per day. Higher Suite category rates at The Kensington and The Marylebone are inclusive of continental breakfast, exclusive of VAT. Subject to availability. Valid from 1st April 2017.
For bookings and enquiries please contact:
Sarah Falconer, Head of Luxury Leisure Sales
T +44 20 3744 7603 | E sarah_falconer@doylecollection.com

Marignan Paris - Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2 and complimentary breakfast!

For triple occupancy supplement of 80€, quadruple occupancy supplement of 150€, including breakfast. Friends & Family Suite (5 people occupancy): extra charge of 25€ per night, per person if more than 2 people.

Black out dates: December 31, 2016. January 18th to January 26th, 2017. February 6th to February 9th, 2017.

Cancellation policy: Free of charge 15 days prior to arrival. If cancelled after this or in the event of a no-show at the hotel, the first night is charged and non-refundable.

Reservations:
By email: reservation@hotelmarignan.fr
By phone: 00 33 1 40 76 34 56
On our website: www.hotelmarignanelyseesparis.com
Commissionable 10% excluding VAT

Fuzed Travel, Indie Rock Touring Specialiasts


Kristi Gordon
Owner, Fuzed Travel
East Harlem, New York

Moonlighting at a popular music venue in Seattle called “Showbox” Kristi Gordon recalls hearing several band members complain about travel experiences. Kristi worked at a leisure travel agency during the day, so it was fitting that she would help some of the bands with travel, until the owner of the agency, busy with leisure market segments, asked Kristi to refrain from assisting the bands. This prompted Kristi to leave her day job without notice, starting her own travel business: Fuzed Travel, eleven years ago.

Kristi spent much of her childhood obsessed with travel. As a second grader, Kristi asked her mother to take her to AAA so that she could review the information presented in the books, check out hotel rates and Kristi would highlight all of the five star properties that she would dream of visiting someday. Later Kristi worked for AAA, assembling their trip route plans. As a youth Kristi would often board planes unaccompanied, bound for visiting her grandparents in Minneapolis or Florida.

With no explicit business plan when she walked out of her leisure travel job and with a passion for the arts, Kristi dropped in to see one of her friends who owned a business called “Fuzed” managing bands and operating venues. She explained to him that she left her job with ambition to start her own business handling travel for bands. He graciously sent what would be Kristi’s first and last “advertisement”, an email promoting Kristi to his colleagues within the industry and he gave her three months of money, advising her to “quickly figure it out” which is exactly what Kristi did.

Kristi researched host agencies, determining that Travel Leaders would be the best fit for her business. She learned the ins and outs of band travel such as bus parking and credit card authorizations. She familiarized herself with “entertainment friendly” hotels and quickly learned to handle flight ticketing.

Presently, in any given week, Fuzed Travel manages travel for twenty bands on tour simultaneously.

Out of 500+ travel agents in Travel Leaders program, Kristi was the top producing corporate agent and the top producing travel agent for Delta Airline bookings.

A six year employee of Fuzed Travel, Jessica Drenkel, has considerable respect for Kristi’s work ethic and passion for detail. With twenty years in the industry, formerly a Tour Manager, having worked for venues and private labels, Jessica says this, ensuring that all are rested and well cared for, is her favorite job. “When everything goes well and the performers are rested, there is a ripple effect: a great time and a nice show for the fans.” She and Kristi have quite a rapport, the two valuing client relationships and enjoying a passion for touring.

Kristi now resides in East Harlem; living in NYC has been a dream since elementary school. Of her experience living in New York, Kristi says: “I met myself here.” She continues to dream of travel, with exciting warm weather plans for the winter. In the future, she hopes to visit the Seychelles and Galapagos Islands. Kristi anticipates the she and her employees at Fuzed Travel will continue to expand on their Indie Rock niche.

Written by Vanessa Forster


Exclusive Offer for Entertainment Travel Agents!

At Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street and The May Fair Hotel, we have an exclusive offer for you!


-10% below best available rate.

-This discount is already applied to your preferred agency/consortia rate code

-Eligible stays are for between September 19th and Oct 23rd, 2016.

Hard Rock Chicago - ENTERTAINMENT PERKS THAT ROCK.

Book the Hard Rock Chicago in July and August

• 15% Commission
• Upgrade to suite with 10 rooms
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• On- Premise Bus Parking $65.00*
• 20% off Chuck’s: A Kerry
Simon Kitchen
• VIP Amenity for Tour Manager
& Artist
• Complimentary Fitness Center
• Complimentary Business Center
• No Attrition*

*based on availability

Contact:
JUAN TEAGUE-KIRKMAN
director of sales
jkirkman@hardrockhotelchicago.com

Alpha Priority- Your worldwide network for airport concierge services

Alpha Priority is your worldwide network for airport concierge services. We are designed
as a discreet and reliable source in the meet and greet industry. Enjoy
exclusive dedicated services in over 400 airports around the world with our
carefully selected greeters. Our efficient preparation enables your
hassle-free traveling experience to help save you time and access VIP
privileges around the globe.

Upon departure/arrival, we coordinate with your driver and master
the art of timing providing a smooth and discreet expedition.



*DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL PROCEDURES INCLUDE**:*



ØPassengers escorted to and received by our cordial staff at the aircraft
gate

ØReserved porters to tag, check in and retrieve your luggage

ØCoordination with your driver to meet and greet you curbside

ØPre-check in with preferred seating assignments

ØBeing expedited through security, assisting through customs and
immigration, avoiding lengthy queues throughout the airport

ØFast-tracked to lounge and aircraft gate for pre-boarding or option to
board last





*For Rates & Availability, please contact our Reservations Department:*


Reservations@alphapriority.com *|* 212-518-8486 | *www.alphapriority.com
Empire State Building *| *350 Fifth Avenue 59th Floor* |* New York, NY 10118


RA Travel, Born in 1975

Jamaican born Rose Aiello emigrated from London to Harlem in the early 1970's. Upon her arrival, Rose noted a very different type of living in Harlem compared to her life in London's Park Lane. Rose believed that if she could teach people how to travel their lives would expand. "I wished I could show them to travel the world," recalls Rose.

Rose became employed on commission only, by a travel agency near her Harlem residence. Determined to succeed, Rose knocked on doors, seeking clients and initially began handling travel for church groups traveling by bus before expanding to selling tickets to those traveling by air. During this time, she welcomed her first child, Dominick. Just as she began to acquire clients, the Harlem based agency that she worked for failed with the owner losing his IATA. Rose, unwavering learned how to buy airline tickets from wholesalers.

In 1975, Rose opened her own agency "RA Travel" renting an office in the same space as it stands today, on 14th Street in Manhattan.

Through significant dedication of her time and energy and with the addition of her second child, Jane, Rose's business began to grow exponentially attracting clients from all over the world including those in India, Pakistan and Japan.

Jane recalls, as a small child, playing under her mother's desk at the agency. "When we were of age, we learned to answer the phone professionally." As the two children became young adults, Rose recalls really needing the help. "We learned the business," says Jane.

Today Dominick Aiello and Jane Aiello operate RA Travel. "They are a Godsend," reports their grateful mother. Rose beams with delight when she speaks of the duo.

"We are continually growing everyday. We've managed to survive and thrive though many adversities, including September 11th, a time when no one wanted to travel," reports Dominick. "We don't just sell travel, we sell a lifestyle, an experience."

The agency's largely corporate travel roots have expanded to include expertise in entertainment, fashion and art. "This is what our friends are doing," reports Jane, "so the business has grown very organically." Celebrity clientele, sports personalities, models and artists account for a significant portion of RA's operations today.

Jane notes that their relationship with each client is more involved, more intimate than the typical travel agent/client relationship. RA does not operate within the confines of a traditional travel agency; rather they're regularly acting as a concierge service for their clients. "We are an extension of the client," Jane summarizes. "When they're on tour, we're on tour."

"The future of the travel industry as we see it is a bright one, filled with advancements in technology, while still maintaining a personal touch and one on one contact with our clients," says Dominick.

Applying RA's niche in sending Americans on Safaris in Africa and in bringing African's to the United States, Rose hopes to expand operations to include an office within the hustle and bustle of South Africa's Johannesburg. She envisions teaching underprivileged children the intricacy of travel and hospitality. "Poor people there don't know where to turn," Rose intends to give back by fulfilling a gap. "Rose has the intuition and she knows how to execute," says Jane confidently. "She is a visionary." Jane is very optimistic about the expansion saying it is sure to continue the legacy of her mother's vision.

We asked Rose what about the business she enjoys the most and she said "Everything!" Thinking back on it, says Rose, "Planting one small seed and watching it grow to what it is today has been a gift."

Heightened Success for Entertainment Travel Expert Amber Lock

Amber Lock moved from Tampa, Florida to New York City at the age of nineteen. Initially working for a family owned fashion design firm, her then colleague was a friend of Seth Rudman, owner of Upward Bound Travel. Rudman hired Lock when she was twenty-one, commencing her impressive career in entertainment travel.

At Upward Bound, Amber worked with entertainment friendly hotels, acclimating herself within the industry by talking with others in the field, handling travel arrangements for Santana, the CEO of Sony Music, Neil Young, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony among others. As business grew, Amber was offered employment within other agencies.

Nearing her fifteenth year in the entertainment travel industry, major transition was on the horizon. Says Amber, “The time had come to end a partnership and take a look at who I was and where I wanted to be. Humbly accepting that my "name" had earned a pretty good reputation, I decided to keep it simple and brand my company Lock Travel Management.”

Valuing the reputation of her organization, Amber works to maintain high moral integrity. Respecting and empowering others in addition to healthy competition, Amber delights in contributing to the greater entertainment travel community.

“Amber is dedicated to her clients and works on every project with passion and integrity,” says Tampa based, Adrienne Lock, who has worked with her sister for two and a half years. “I am always amazed at the vast amount of knowledge she has; I learn from her daily. I am truly blessed to be a part of her team.”

Amber is very hands-on, as are the agents in her office. “Amber is great to work with,” reports Fatema Caderbhoy, Air Travel Specialist for Lock Travel Management.

“I’ve received the best education simply by being around one of the best in the industry. Amber teaches me every day, sometimes without even meaning to or realizing that she is and it’s simply because she’s really amazing at her job,” says very grateful employee of the last year, Jasmine Esposito. “Amber is really humble and genuinely cares for the people around her.”

Lock believes in growing her business by pairing clients with agents based on personalities. “Earning business organically ensures healthy relationships with clients,” Amber reports. Through personalized service, Amber’s team makes travel a comfortable, enjoyable experience. Word of mouth and referrals from clients have fueled Lock’s expansion.

“I enjoy the process with her, as well as the results,” says Jennifer Sartory, long time client of Amber’s, who first worked together on production for Dancing With the Stars, and now Tour Director for various artists. “Travel is such a big piece. Lock just gets it in every way.”

Building Lock Travel Management has been quite an accomplishment. “Each day over the past year have been some of the hardest and most rewarding of my career,” recalls Amber. “The tireless support of my team and encouragement from my mentors and friends in the industry enabled me to keep moving forward. Over the past six months, as unanticipated referrals of new clients came in fast and furious, I wondered, ‘What the hell did I get myself into?’ But I'm a fighter and am thrilled that we've grown with three additions to our team, Allison Gruchacz, Jennifer Wall and Karen Southerland.”

Tremendously valuing her partnerships with hoteliers, we asked Amber what some might do to improve that relationship. Amber suggests responsiveness. “Communicating, being open, having respect and going to bat on our behalf are ideal, mutually.” And of course, reviewing thoroughly all correspondence, with the appropriate team members on property, is key.

Lock, on her current success: “I have to say, LTM is kicking ass and I'm extremely proud of what our team has accomplished.”

When she takes the time to travel, Amber seeks the relaxation of beach vacations. She looks forward to an upcoming trip to see her clients, Sir Elton John & Motley Crue, at Rock in Rio, with some much needed relaxation time afterward in Trancoso. The Maldives, Indonesia and Thailand are at the top of her dream travel list.

Words: Vanessa Forster, Tour Connection, Inc.