At ADMEI’s Annual Meeting
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GSI takes top accolades in two categories for their work for Comcast at the 2017 ADMEI Awards ceremony in Barcelona
San Juan. – Meet Puerto Rico (MPR), the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) responsible for attracting meetings, conventions, trade shows, sporting events and incentive groups to Puerto Rico is pleased to congratulate DMC member, Group Services Inc., a Hosts Global Alliance Member, whose team garnered two top awards for work conducted on behalf of their Comcast client at the 2017 ADMEI Awards. The winners were announced at the ADMEI Awards Gala on Saturday, 21 January 2017 at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona Spain held at closing of the ADMEI Annual Conference.
GSI submitted programs competing for the first time alongside more than 100 destinations in three categories – Achievement, Excellence and Recognition. The four-month long submission process included submission of a thousand-word essay, description of the challenges and a 100-word marketing description. In addition, a storyboard showing the process via photos was required of all finalists. GSI took the top awards in both the Achievement and Excellence categories for the following programs:
- Achievement – Best Tour Program – Comcast 8th President’s Club – A Puerto Rico Adventure: History Adrenaline & Under the Sea,
- Excellence – Excellence in Site Inspection and Technical Production – Comcast Business 8th President’s Club
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“We are thrilled when any of our members is acknowledged by major industry associations and it is a great honor for GSI to be recognized by ADMEI for their creativity, professionalism, doing stellar work under tight time constraints and showing the beauty of Puerto Rico – both in our natural and historic offerings,” stated Milton Segarra, president & CEO, Meet Puerto Rico. “These awards not only recognize the dedication and professionalism of our team, but also the commitment of our partners who provide exemplary service and memorable experiences for groups and conventions on the island.”
GSI’s selected the Comcast program because it was answered many off the criteria needed for conducting a top-rated program bringing the authenticity of the destination along with the professional offerings found in Puerto Rico and topped off by the luxurious offerings.
“We were asked to present the best of Puerto Rico to Comcast in a site visit – within a very short time-frame,” said Nancy Matos, CIS GSI and executive vice president and secretary to the Board of Directors, Meet Puerto Rico. “So, we coordinated a mini trade-show for a large group of Comcast VIPS, showcasing artisans’ work, nature/activity tours, and historical tours, among other services we offer. It was a lot of work, coupled with VIP transfers and accommodations, and we wowed them with our destination offerings and ability to work quickly. A game changer was the inclusion of an architect who had access to the catacombs in Old San Juan. Comcast requested a sacred historical tour – and we brainstormed and searched high-and-low and made sure to deliver.”
Nancy Matos/Photo: MEET Puerto Rico
“Puerto Rico has everything it takes to host large-scale meetings – including a state-of-the-art convention center, a wide variety of accommodations featuring major hotel brands, and a strong infrastructure,” Segarra said. “And we offer ‘only-in- Puerto Rico’ experiences, for planners seeking locations to make their events memorable while maintaining an authentic experience. We are fortunate that Puerto Rico delivers that charge.”
Puerto Rico continues to position itself as an ideal destination for meetings and conventions, offering a state-of-the-art convention center, a wide variety of hotels, strong infrastructure and unique attractions with the added advantage of being on a tropical island in the Caribbean. One in four rooms occupied in hotels that can accommodate large-scale meetings belongs to the groups and conventions segment.