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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February 10, 2023 23 mins

Attracting more tourists than even New York City, Orlando is a top global travel destination and the fastest-growing metro area in Florida. While it’s nearly impossible to think of Orlando without thinking of its iconic theme parks, the city hosts hundreds of conferences and conventions each year - also making it a top business travel destination.

 

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As great as London may be, it tends to be the place that most people go – and stay in – when they visit the UK. If you need event destinations outside the capital, consider these cities (which are easily accessible by air). Join Todd Bludworth in this Spotlight Episode as he explores the best place to host your next event with Pip MacFarlane.

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On this spotlight episode of The Destination Everywhere Podcast, our hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share their favorite meeting and event spaces after 20 years of planning corporate gatherings in New York City. From iconic and historical ballrooms in Manhattan to an industrial-chic former steel factory in Brooklyn, you will...

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Amsterdam, "The Venice of the North," is the capital of the Netherlands and is renowned for its historical attractions, amazing art, and its well-preserved old neighborhoods. It's one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet - drawing more than 5 million international visitors each year.

 

Today, we’ll be exploring Amsterdam with the General Manager of The Hilton Amsterdam, Alessio Colavecchio. And sharing the stage i...

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Madrid, the capital of Spain and the second largest city in the EU after Berlin, is a financial and cultural hub located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. With its renowned museums, delicious cuisine, and year-round sun, it's no wonder why it is one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations, attracting over 6 million visitors a year.

 

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As global warming and the climate crisis become top of mind for many travelers, finding eco-friendly hotels is becoming a more significant factor in travel decisions. You’re doing your part to help the environment by staying at one of these sustainable resorts. In this spotlight episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth present their top hotel picks that possess a Silver Lead Certification and above. They...

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Vacation homes can provide an amazing travel experience for large families and small corporate groups. But what if you want resort-like amenities right at your fingertips, including meals and concierge-like destination services? Look no further, as Kim LaLande has all the answers to making your next home-away-from-home destination a breeze.

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The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, and Gotham are all nicknames for the most populous city in the US – New York City. It’s the largest, most diverse, wealthiest and most influential American metropolis – making it the cultural and financial hub of the country.


Andy and Todd talk to Prince A. Sanders

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Andy McNeill has traveled all over the world skiing, and in today’s episode, he’ll be sharing his top recommended European ski destinations that are great for corporate group travel. These locations are ideal for incentives, congratulatory events, sales meetings, and any event where you want to host many guests and provide an amazing experience. Find out whic...

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Are you looking to take your team on a beach trip? In this special spotlight episode, Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth list down their top ten tropical hotels fit for incentive trips and large group destinations. They share all the details you need to find the right venue for your team and make planning your program easier. 


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It’s time to explore the nation’s capital, the great American city of Washington, DC! Joining Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth for today’s episode is Laura Schofield. Laura is the General Manager of Conrad Washington, DC. She is a second-generation hotelier who grew up around the industry and naturally prog...

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When doing concierge travel, you have to find the right places everyone can enjoy. You will be handling huge groups and organizations, so finding a place that offers a unique experience is key. From the Haciendas of Cuernavaca to the City of New Orleans, many different places around North America can provide something unique.

 

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Because of its pivotal role in the American Revolution, Boston became rich in both cultural and scientific aspects. This global city is home to delicious seafood, mesmerizing culture, and colorful traditions. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth delve into the heart of Boston with Catherine Allgor, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and Michele Gross, Managing Director of The Langham Hotel. An...

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Hotels are the places to be when you need accommodation and want to immerse in the area's rich history and culture. In this special look-back episode on one of their past spotlight discussions, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth list down their top five unique hotel traditions and events. From the Peninsula on the West Coast all the way to Dromoland Castle in Ireland, the duo discusses how each hotel showca...

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Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth are fresh off from their trip in Costa Rica and are here to share their favorite Costa Rican hotels! From inland to beachside to the heart of the city, Andy and Todd have got you covered. The ideal location for your next destination travel might be somewhere in this special spotlight episode. Don’t miss out!


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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 toda...

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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 indu...

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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 s...

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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 H...

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