Monday, August 31, 2009

Where Are YOU Vacationing?

The 10 most expensive hotel suites according to Wealth Bulletin's survey for 2009 are:

Four Seasons
The library of the Ty Warner Penthouse at New York's Four Seasons Hotel.

1. The Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva -- $65,000 per night

Complete with a cocktail lounge, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson is so exclusive that bookings reportedly have to be made through the hotel's chairman. The suite occupies the entire top floor of the hotel. It is reached by a private elevator, has four bedrooms overlooking Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc and comes with six bathrooms. Equipped with bulletproof windows and doors, it is almost exclusively reserved for celebrities or state heads, ideal with the United Nations headquarters a five-minute drive away.

2. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York -- $35,000 per night

Business at the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York has remained as buoyant as when the suite opened in 2007, according to a spokeswoman. The nine-room suite has walls inlaid with thousands of pieces of mother-of-pearl. There is an indoor-outdoor Zen garden, a private spa room with a screen of living bamboo and a book-lined library, which has a grand piano at its centre.

3. The Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia -- $34,000 per night

The Presidential Suite at Hotel Cala di Volpe near Porto Cervo, averages around $34,000 a night, although during the peak summer season will cost as much as $45,000. Located in the hotel tower, the multi-level Presidential Suite sprawls across 2,500 sq ft and has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a private gym, a steam room and a wine cellar. It is crowned by a rooftop terrace with an outdoor saltwater swimming pool.

4. Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome -- $31,000 per night

Villa La Cupola Suite in Rome's Westin Excelsior embodies all things Roman and excessive: a cupola, a Pompeii-style Jacuzzi, frescoes and stained glass windows detailing allegories of a mythological figure paired with a modern one, such as Atlas and Television, Hypnosis and Neurosis, Hermes and Marketing and Hermaphrodite and Fashion. Located on the fifth and sixth floors, the suite covers 6,099 sq ft and has an additional 1,808 sq ft of balconies and terraces overlooking Via Veneto.

The Presidential Suite at Tokyo's Ritz-Carlton.

5. The Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton Tokyo -- $25,000 per night

The Presidential Suite, on the top floor of the city's tallest building, has spectacular views of Mount Fuji and Roppongi Hills, as well as an expansive vista of Tokyo's impressive cityscape. It occupies 2,368 sq ft. For refreshments, guests may enjoy the $18,000 Diamonds-Are-Forever Martini, which comes with a one-karat Bulgari diamond at the bottom.

6. The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis, Bahamas -- $22,000 per night

The 10-room Bridge Suite is actually a bridge spanning the two towers of the Atlantis Hotel. The 23rd-floor suite is decked with marble floors, a grand piano and a 22-carat gold chandelier. It was known in former times as "the Michael Jackson Suite" because of his regular stays. Prices have come down from $25,000 last year and fees are negotiable. Nevertheless, the suite is so exclusive the hotel does not even advertise it.

7. The Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt Vendôme, Paris -- $20,000 per night

The Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt in Paris provides guests with an "in-suite-spa" concept -- with the bathroom/spa comprising a whirlpool bath, a steam shower room and a massage table. The 2,500 sq ft penthouse suite has a huge living room, a dining room, a kitchen and a work area.

Burj Al Arab
The Royal Suite at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

8. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai -- $19,600 per night

Since it was built in the mid-1990s, the Burj Al Arab has become one of the world's most instantly recognizable hotels with its billowing sail-like structure stretching out on an artificial island into the Gulf of Arabia. The Royal Suite on the 25th floor has a marble-and-gold staircase, leopard print carpets, its own private lift and a rotating four-poster canopy bed.

9. Royal Armleder Suite, Le Richemond, Geneva -- $18,900 per night

The Royal Armleder Suite at the Le Richemond Hotel is named after the wealthy family who used to own the famous hotel before Rocco Forte bought it in August 2004. The three-bedroom suite, which stretches over 2,500 sq ft on the seventh floor, has a 1,000 sq ft terrace with panoramic views of Lake Geneva, a real log fire and floor-to-ceiling bulletproof windows. Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte's sister and well-known hotel interior designer, designed the suite.

10. The Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow -- $16,500 per night

To stay at the best suite in Moscow's Ritz-Carlton would cost around $16,000 a night -- $500 less than last year. Furnished in Russian imperial style, the 2,370 sq ft suite has views of famous Moscow sites including the Kremlin and Red Square. The suite comes with that necessity for the security-conscious Russian billionaire -- a panic room with its own energy and telecommunications facilities.

Research for this survey was compiled during mid-August. Prices are rate per night including taxes.

From Financial News at

Friday, August 28, 2009

How to Get you Attendees to Book under your Block!

I found this great article/post on an industry discussion board and thought I'd share it with you all. These are great ideas to get your attendees to book under your contracted room block!


POINT SYSTEM...Offer points to those who book within the hotel room block and give the companies who have the most registrants and "points" preferred exhibit locations and headquarter hotel upgrades/comps

MARKET THE BENEFITS...No full payment required, easy to change reservations, increased networking opportunities, support of your organization and one stop shopping

"NO SOUP FOR YOU"...Don't allow an attendee to register for the meeting without booking a guest room within your hotel room block

MO' MONEY...Charge a higher registration fee or exhibit fees for those who don't stay within the hotel room block

PARTNER...Work with your hotel partners to provide special discounts on local attractions, restaurants and hotel merchandise

SUPPORT...Explain why and how an attendee's choice affects your organization

TWO ROOMS PLEASE...Require that two rooms be purchased within the hotel room block for every 100 net sq ft of exhibit space rented

Hope these work for you and your clients!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It only takes two seconds

See you can get some useful information from e-harmony:

Whether you like it or not, people decide how they feel about you in the first two seconds of seeing you, or hearing you, if it’s on the phone. If they like you, they will unconsciously tend to see the best in you and look for opportunities to say “yes.” If they don’t like you, the opposite is true.

The first thing someone notices about you is the quality and the level of energy you give out. That means your attitude (including your posture). The second thing they respond to is your clothes. In fact, the impact is made so quickly it’s as if they see both things at the same time, and then form their first impressions about you. Your attitude tells people if you are open or closed, charming or alarming. Your posture is an indication of your overall health: humans are hard-wired to seek out healthy mates. Your clothing speaks volumes. It tells people what kind of person you see yourself as. It also can reveal a lot about your socioeconomic status, whether you’re conventional or flamboyant, sexy or modest, trendy or traditional. Take a good hard look at your wardrobe and see if it makes the statement you want.

A penny for your thoughts...

I received this email forward last night and haven’t stopped laughing! I think many of these thoughts apply to us all in one way or another.

More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can
think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell
my own story that's not only better, but also more directly involves

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you
realize you're wrong.

I don't understand the purpose of the line, "I don't need to drink to
have fun." Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and
sticks when they've invented the lighter?

Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're
going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to
be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the
direction from which you came, you have to first do something like
check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to
yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're
crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was

There is a great need for sarcasm font.

I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear
your computer history if you die.

Was learning cursive really necessary?

I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart",
all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod
and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up
to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong!

Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in'
examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete
idiot. Today I had to spell my boss's last name to an attorney and
said "Yes that's G as in...(10 second lapse)..ummm...Goonies"

What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each

MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I
know how to get out of my neighborhood.

I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the
shower first and THEN turn on the water.

Bad decisions make good stories

If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring
would probably just be completely invisible.

Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go
around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly
nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be
a problem....

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work
when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything
productive for the rest of the day.

Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't
want to have to restart my collection.

There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are
going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me
if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I
swear I did not make any changes to.

I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?
Dammit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and
goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone
and run away?

As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers,
but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still
not know what time it is.

I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they
drive behind obeys the speed limit.

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw
they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words,
someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think
about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people
eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by
myself. There's nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard
before dinner.

Hope these funny comments brighten your day!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Kate and Liz are ....

finally, officially and confirmed
(ertified) M(eeting) P(rofessionals)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Liz's New Favorite Website

I'm not sure exactly how it works, but I know that I want it in my neighborhood, ASAP!

For planners etc. "Tell me this is not our life!

Kate's cartoon is sooo true and reminded me of this video we received from Michael Cerbelli under the title: :Tell me this is not our life!"

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Liz's New Favorite Video

Yes, I'm slightly dorky, but I think this is awesome!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What a classic comic strip!

I stumbled upon this comic strip a few months ago and have had it posted on the bulletin board in my office ever since.

Ahhh, the life of a planner!!!

Right here in our hometown!

I'm heading out to meet a client at the Hotel duPont shortly and it made me want to let all our blog followers about this great venue, if you don't already.

The Hotel du Pont was created in a time when craftsmanship, courtesy and elegance ruled the day. The prestigious Hotel du Pont in Wilmington offers sophisticated style and exceptional service to business and leisure guests alike.
Opened in 1913, the Hotel du Pont is a landmark Wilmington hotel. This property is one of the finest examples of European craftsmanship in North America.
We love working there and we know the feeling is mutual.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

South Street Bridge

The City of Brotherly Love is getting a new bridge! Construction has been underway for quite some time now and EVERYONE cannot wait for it to be complete - only another 1.5 years to go!

Here's a sneak peak at the new South Street Bridge!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Factoid of the Day

Ponderosa pines smell like ... cookies?

When the tree reaches 110 to 120 years old (a mere teenager for a Ponderosa pine), it begins to shed its black bark and reveal an inner bark of yellow. There's something else that begins to happen to the tree in the "yellowbelly" phase. Stick your nose into a crevice of the bark and take a big sniff. It may smell like butterscotch or vanilla. The next person who smells it may insist it's more like cinnamon, or even coconut.

Scientists don't know why a closely sniffed Ponderosa smells like baking cookies. The aroma may arise from a chemical in the sap being warmed by the sun. (The Jeffrey pine, a close relative of the Ponderosa, is also known to turn yellow and give off a similar smell.)

And that, folks, is your factoid of the day. Brought to you by the letter P. for Punchy.


In the time that Joe, our copier repair guy, has been here we've talked about:

-Freeze dried rose petals
-Various cities in the mid-west
-Pig Roasts
-Spider Orchids and what they're really called
-astronaut meals
-Kate's non-so-out-of-the-ordinary bloody murder screams

funny what we talk about in 20 mintues at PFI.....!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Mad Men

I am obsessed with the AMC program "Mad Men" an its interesting characters especially the lead, Don Draper, played by yummy Jon Hamm. Sunday evening I will be glued to the flatscreen for the 3rd season premier. The show is centered around a 1960's Madison Avenue ad agency and its bizarre staff and their equally strange family, friends and clients. The important thing to notice is that the weird and wonderful thing about the show is that the behavior of these characters wasn't out of the ordinary for the times the program is set in. The excesses of smoking, drinking, illicit sex and the degrading attitude towards women in and out of the workplace (and that's just the daily routine in the office) was common place in the '60's before "women's lib" and Dept. of Health warnings. I am old enough to be appalled but not surprised by the first season's anecdote when a child runs in with a dry cleaning bag completely over her head and face and the horrified Mom says: "Young lady I hope that dry cleaning isn't a mess!" All while smoking and sipping a Martini with her pregnant housewife friend.

Check it out and enjoy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs to die for

We love designing and producing Bar & Bat Mitzvahs for our clients. Many are open to the latest design trends and activities that only Planning Factory International can bring to them. We are currently offering incentives to venues that recommend the services of PFI to their Bar & Bat Mitzvah parents that result in business for PFI. This incentive is meant to help with programs such as elder care, or student education and activities available at the venue. This is another way that Planning Factory is able to give back to our community. Click HERE for more information on Planning Factory Bar & Bat Mitzvahs.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Cheryl and Merryl Show Present...

Live from Best of Delaware 2009...

The chickpea is neither a chick nor a pea, discuss amongst yourselves...

PFI's Looking Good

Here's a shot of the PFI Team (minus Ed) at the Best of Delaware Event:

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Get hip to the travel game....

like the thrill of outbidding your competitor? win your travel....

PFI Sponsors the 21st Best of Delaware

Planning Factory International was proud to be a major Sponsor and participant of the 21st Annual Best of Delaware held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware on July 30, 2009. Planning Factory impacted the planning, design, marketing and production of the event. We presented some new products and concepts never before seen in the region including Sign Spinners, Decadent Dining, Lounge and Seating areas (partnering with CORT Event Furnishings), Lighted Bars and Entertainment (including a live menu!). We would like to thank the following companies for their generous support: Party Rentals Ltd., Kirk's Flowers, Rentals Unlimited.