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ADW Global Meeting Webcast Part I

May 17th, 2012 at 1:00PM EST.

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our own global meeting planning tips!

Culturally Speaking:
    • Never use abbreviations or acronyms in communication and contracts
    • Spell out dates as opposed to using numerals to avoid date-format confusion (4/12/12 is different than 12/4/12!)
    • Detail your RFP as much as you want – TIP: use photographs to define the specifics of what you envision
    • Write your own cut-off dates for booking in your contract
    • Outline deadlines for responses back from a hotel in your contract
    • Expect to pre-pay 100% in advance or have strict deposit guidelines

ADW Global Meetings Webcast #1: Guest Panelists

leslie zeck
Leslie Zeck, CMP, CMM
Director of Meetings
International and American Associations for Dental Research

Leslie Zeck, CMP, CMM oversees a department of three as the Director of Meetings at the International and American Associations for Dental Research. Responsible for planning annual conventions for up to 7,000 attendees, as well as regional conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, Zeck has more than 20 years of experience in ME&I and has planned everything from Congressional gala dinners to international conventions and meetings.

Delta Travel Tips:

  1. Know your destination
    • Number flights in/out of destination
    • Keep checking for changes to requirements, up to the date of your meeting
  2. Know your resources
  3. Shipping Logistics
    • Know the USCIB - 75 countries that allow you to ship materials without paying taxes!
    • What materials can you get onsite/inside your destination?
    • Create a detailed LIST – what you’re shipping, when and where. Number the boxes!
  4. Premium Travel
    • Know the amenities you expect, as well as what is being delivered. Make sure they match!
    • “In-between-class”: cost-effective, provides more leg room, comfortable rows before Coach
  5. For other resources, visit Delta’s Meeting Network – (

Interview with Prem Devadas, President, Salamander Hotels & Resorts

  • One of the world’s most accessible international destinations - direct flights from all over the world into Punta Cana & Santo Domingo
  • Punta Cana International Airport was recently expanded with the addition of new runway
  • New 70-mile highway connecting capital city to Punta Cana makes for easy transfer from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana, cutting travel time in half
  • In the DR, know that 10% added gratuity is normal – and usually added in already
  • Cap Cana was nominated for Development of the Year Award 2012 by the Caribbean Resort & Hotel Investment Summit
  • Grand Resorts at Cap Cana is the Dominican Republic’s largest destination at 30,000 acres (even larger than Manhattan!)
  • Click here to view more information about the Grand Resorts at Cap Cana.

  • prem devadasPrem Devadas
    Salamander Hotels & Resorts

    Prem is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry and a leader in the luxury segment, specializing in successfully repositioning financially challenged hotels and resorts. After ten years with The Potomac Hotel Group in Washington, D.C., he left to manage the lodging portfolio for CCA Industries. At Kiawah Island, he directed all resort development on the 10,000 acre property, including the successful opening in August, 2004 of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. In April, 2005, Prem joined Sheila Johnson to form Salamander Hotels & Resorts and to oversee the development of Salamander Resort & Spa, a Five-Star caliber $200 million mixed-use development currently under construction near Washington, D.C. 

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