inVOYAGE: A true story about inspiring networking in luxury events
Last week we attended inVOYAGE 2018, the annual must-attend for luxury hotels, DMCs, congress centers and the likes, looking to grow their network and develop their business within the high end meetings, incentives and events industry.
VSENSO works closely with inVOYAGE throughout the year to make sure this event is an absolute success. Only the creme the la creme of buyers from the events industry are invited to inVOYAGE. Suppliers, alike, have to be unique, luxurious, diverse and provide an experience for the type of MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) business the buyers are ready to place.
Talking about experience, inVOYAGE in itself needs to be an unforgettable experience, in order to provide a platform for these buyers and suppliers to truly connect & desire to do business together.
Hence, the work that goes into preparing inVOYAGE is intense and very detailed oriented. Not only are the logistics, getting everyone from all corners of the world to the host destination (which this year was Ras Al Khaimah, UAE), checked into the hotel (Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah), given their personalized welcome pack (which this year included a hard cover coffee table book where every buyer and supplier had their own full page of information and pictures), making sure everyone gets their personalized gifts throughout their stay (including, this year, the very popular white stainless steel water bottle with each person's first name on it), but it is entertaining, surprising, delighting and inspiring them.
Below is an overview of this year's programme:
Day One - Arrivals
Delegates check into the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah and find a welcome letter, some local luxury dates and a sweets arrangements in their room. They pass by the welcome desk, pick up their welcome pack and are greeted by inVOYAGE staff. In the evening, we kick it off with a drink on the terrace, together with the "peacock girls" - courtesy of Waldorf RAK.
Day 2 - Start of the inSPIRE Conference, Meetings & Outdoor Networking
The day starts early, at 8 am, with the inSPIRE conference moderated by Andrew Sheivachman from Skift and with speakers such as Richard Bridge from Top Banana, Elizabeth Heron from Orange Door, Stuart Mason from Belmond and a great talk about digital disruption from Former Global Managing Partner at IBM, Andrew Grill. For some, it starts even earlier at 6 am with Sunrise Yoga on the beach. It continues with 1-on-1 meetings in a beautiful open setting, overlooking the famous Peacock Alley of Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. Afternoon hits and everybody changes into their shorts & off we go for dune bashing, sailing, golf, kayaking or whatever activity each delegate has chosen. It's all about personalization. The evening ends on a 1001 nights note, in the desert, under the stars, with a delicious Arabic dinner and fire dances at Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert Resort & Spa. Now that is a day well spent I would say.
Day 3 - More Meetings, Conference, Cocktails & Beach Party
For those who did not end up in the bar until 4 am (or the really fit ones who can do both), the day starts early again with yoga. Meetings start at 9 am, with a culinary dine-around lunch experience in between, and end with a bang during Conference & Cocktails, when David Meade gives a hilarious and energizing talk about reading the human mind. In a need to tick all the outdoor experiences off, we go to Cove Rotana and dance on the beach to live music.
Day 4 - Zip-lining & Adieu
For those brave enough, the event end with zip lining between the highest mountains in the UAE, Jebel Al Jais, on the longest zip line in the world. The others, head to the airport or enjoy a couple of hours on the beach before checking out and heading back.
It's been an absolute pleasure and experience. Now, for us, 2018 wrap-up and 2019 preparations are starting.
See you soon #eventprofs ,