Destination Everywhere

Destination Everywhere

Come along for travel adventures of a lifetime, as we join hospitality and travel entrepreneurs Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth in search of the world’s best meeting and travel destinations. They’re checking-in with celebrities in the know, hospitality experts and native connoisseurs to discover inspirational venues and things to do. Explore the world’s most unique and desirable hotels, exotic foods with top chefs, and must-do experiences along the way. Andy and Todd go back to their favorite travel destinations and explore new places, while bringing you along. Andy and Todd are the founders of American Meetings, Inc. (AMI), a global meetings management and destination sourcing firm that has led them to event production in over one hundred countries. Andy McNeill, AMI’s CEO and Founder, has over 30 years of experience in the global meeting management and hospitality services, making him a thought leader in the hospitality and meetings industry. Born and raised in South Florida, Andy began his love of travel by experiencing the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands as a child with his family who were avid boaters. Seeing different cultures lit the passion of travel. When he started AMI, the company compelled him to travel extensively, exposing him to the best hotels and locales in the world. He is a true veteran of the hospitality and meetings industry, and contributes to a weekly blog series on the topic of professional meeting management. Bringing a wealth of event management knowledge to the AMI team, Andy firmly believes in the strategic meeting management model, and provides the practice as a consulting service to Fortune 500 clients. Sharing the mic with Andy is his business and life partner Todd Bludworth. As an Army brat, Todd has lived abroad his entire childhood, including Germany, Florida, Hawaii and Kansas, before his family settled down in the Washington, D.C. area. His father traveled the world as Army Liaison for the US Senate, and always brought exciting gifts home to the family. This fascinated Todd, and his desire to see the world never waned. In Todd’s early career, he managed a political campaign, then later became a Special Events Manager in South Florida for an Anheuser-Busch distributor. He spent seven years working on some of the state’s largest and most successful sporting and social events, before he started traveling the world to produce meetings and events on almost every continent. In 2005, Todd joined AMI as Chief Marketing Officer then became a Principal owner in 2006. Whether you’re seeking a corporate meeting venue, or simply have a passion for unique travel experiences, hear from Andy, Todd and their special guests: Business experts, historians, hotel general managers and famous chefs from the region… all know their way around the greatest places to stay, the best activities, and the top restaurants to provide the best overall meeting or destination travel experience. So come along to the best places to stay and the most amazing adventures to do through The Destination Everywhere Podcast.

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May 24, 2022 5 min

Nothing beats the feeling of staying in a good boutique hotel, where you can feel like you're being pampered while having that homey feel. Join your hosts Todd Bludworth and Andy McNeill as they share some of their favorite boutique hotels where you can have your gatherings. So pack up your things and start planning that business trip because these hotels are not to be missed. Start living elegantly on these dream destinations ...

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Thinking of traveling to Philadelphia but don’t know where to start? Andy McNeill has brought in experts to help you straighten out your Philly travel plans! Chef Jose Garces is an Iron Chef, father, husband, James Beard Award-winner, entrepreneur, and food innovator. As a child of immigrants and a leader in the diverse and inclusive hospitality industry, the well-being of his community in Philadelphia has always been dear to Chef ...

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Looking for travel tips? In this episode Todd Bludworth sits down with Alex Malebranche to discuss their favorite travel and beach destinations! Alex is the founder of PlaneAhead and has travelled in about 30 countries—and counting! His love for travel was also what inspired his company, PlaneAhead, where he helps his customers get the best airline prices for their trip. Tune in as he discusses how you can save on your next flight!


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Food is at the heart of any travel experience. In this special episode, Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth list their top four chefs from all over the world that they've featured over the last two seasons. Check-in and get to know who made the list and where you can visit their restaurants for an out-of-this-world, local cuisine dining experience. Stay tuned! 


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Located at the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is sure to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the destinations to look forward to in a trip to Africa is Cape Town. For this episode, Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth interview The Wine Fairy, Katie Barratt, a Cape Town wine expert, and a certified tour guide. Sharing the stage with her is Luis Pinheiro, general manager of The Silo Hotel – the standa...

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Salt Lake City is a place rich in natural beauty and history. With the right combination of outdoor activities and robust nightlife, it is one of the best destinations for a business event or meeting. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth delve into the breathtaking landscape of Salt Lake City with professional aerial skier Megan Smallhouse, a resident of Utah, and Chris Erickson, general manager of Grand America Hotel. The hosts also sh...

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The Grand Rio Mar Resort offers amazing amenities and embraces the community by fulfilling its corporate social responsibility. Today’s guest is Evy Garcia, the Director of Sales & Marketing at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort. She sits down with host Andy McNeill to discuss the many beautiful offerings of this luxurious event destination. From scenic views courtesy of its ocean-side location backdropped by the beautiful El Y...

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We are always looking for new and creative places, as we love to explore the world and discover its beauty. Are you looking for the perfect venue in one of the most beautiful cities in the world? New York is the place to go as it also has wonderful reception venues to host events and organize gatherings. Join your hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth as they describe their favorite reception venues in the city. They share their ex...

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We dream of visiting wonderful places throughout our existence, and San Francisco is one of those cities in California that interests us. Aside from merely visiting to witness its beauty, many people travel there for business, meetings, and events. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth give a guide to the best hotels in San Francisco. Discover Fairmont Hotel, Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, and the Palace Hotel. Tune in to this episode to know ...

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September 21, 2021 6 min

For convenience and ease of access, nothing beats a hotel at an airport. We take a look at some of the very best airport hotels. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth shine a spotlight on several airport hotels that they feel are must-visits. Andy and Todd discuss Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando, Denver, and Boston, home to some of the best airport hotels in the US and talk about what makes these places great. Tune in and learn more about the ...

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Dallas is definitely a foodie destination and one you shouldn’t miss out on. In today’s spotlight episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share their top 5 favorite restaurants in Dallas for offsite dinners perfect for your next group incentive travel! From classic fried chicken to sushi, they’ve got you covered. Dallas’ cosmopolitan developments only expanded its culinary offerings, making it a great place to explore fun cuisine ...

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It is quite difficult to organize a corporate event, and it is even more difficult to make it an unforgettable experience for the attendees. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth delve into several unique venues, some ignored by most event planners, that can help elevate the feel and impact of any business gathering. They also talk about the many benefits these venues can offer, especially in lowering expenses and delivering that wow fac...

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Holding a National Sales Meeting is indeed a significant corporate event. But since it attracts a huge number of attendees, one needs a suitable place to accommodate them comfortably. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth go over the entire United States to share nine hotels they believe are most convenient for such an important business gathering. From the most exquisite establishment within their backyard of Miami all the way to Las Ve...

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Choosing the right corporate destination contributes a lot in having a successful - and memorable - business trip or event. But it is more than just choosing a lovely place and going there. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share their most important tips when picking event destinations for a corporate purpose. Looking into their own experiences, the two break down how to make meetings and events as organized as they can be by learni...

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Those having a business trip to Portugal must consider the Penha Longa Resort for their accommodations. As a Ritz Carlton property, high-quality service is always expected there, no matter how big your group is. Joining Todd Bludworth are Penha Longa's Director of Group Sales, Liliana Pinheiro, and its Senior Catering Manager, Diogo Rebelo Rodrigues. Together, they enumerate the resort's most sophisticated features that com...

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The bustling city of Hong Kong is not only a famed tourist location, but it also boasts a bustling business sector. In this episode of Destination Everywhere, your hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth take you to Hong Kong to showcase its endless charms for business and event travel. They are joined by James LaValle, Manager of Conventions, Exhibitions, and Corporate Events for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Simon Gilkes, Direct...

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Did you know you can have a unique cultural experience and immerse yourself in a beautiful tropical setting without leaving United States territory? Puerto Rico is the hidden gem for convenient yet amazing business travels. Join your hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth as they share ideal destinations for your next meeting and event travel. With them today are Wesley Elizabeth Cullen, General Manager at Casa Bacardi, and Brad Dea...

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With its beautiful landscape and desert terrain, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona is sure to welcome you with year-round sunshine and warmth. On today’s show, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share why Phoenix and Scottsdale should be on top of your list. And if you need help selecting the right hotel for the occasion, listen in as they go through their list of the top 7 hotels worth staying in. 


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What are the new and exciting hotels around the world you can check out for your next meeting destination? The show’s guest today is Michael Dominguez, President and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). In this episode, Mike gives quick updates about protocols and new technologies you should know when staying in at hotels. You’ll also receive restaurant recommendations you definitely want to try out when you visit ...

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For those who want to immerse their business travel into colorful dances, historic culture, and exquisite wine, there’s no better place than the Paris of South America: Buenos Aires. Emmy-winning host and dancer Mickela Mallozzi shares her experiences with milongas, which is more about connecting with people than just dancing tango. Meanwhile, Juan Melo Pacheco explores the Argentinian hospitality they take pride in at The Faena Ho...

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