Global Events Partners Opens New Office |

Global Events Partners Opens New Office

Megan Yeiter, Of The Record staff

Say your family is planning a vacation to Park City and you want to know the activities accessible to you during your stay. You would likely contact the concierge of a local resort to ask questions. But what if you’re organizing an incentives program or meeting for your company? Not many business people have time to compare conference room square footage or transportation options from the airport.

Global Events Partners Destination Management can help. Their representatives specialize in organizing meetings and they have done their homework. Simply – they’re locals.

Destination Management Park City is one of 60 GEP offices worldwide. The new branch opened in February of 2011 in Park City, just in time for a bustling winter.

Going on site visits, checking out restaurants and activity venues are just a few of the services GEP can check off their ‘can do’ list.

Clients come to GEP Destination Management seeking recommendations for venues and activities from a local perspective.

GEP plays a key role in creating detailed itineraries for both small and large groups. For example: it takes some planning to organize a dining reservation on Main Street for 20 people during the Sundance Film Festival.

According to GEP Director of Sales, Chris Lavoire, within the past three years, Park City has added three well-branded resorts. Waldorf Astoria, St. Regis and most recently Montage Deer Valley, that have played a large role in attracting groups to the area.

Clientele for GEP consists mostly of marketing and technology companies or corporations offering high-end incentive trips.

The opening of these resorts means new inventory and an opportunity to create relationships within the hospitality community.

"We saw an amazing opportunity to grow our business. In many ways, Park City is still a hidden gem," Lavoire explained.

When asked about the best part of his job Lavoire responds without hesitating, "exploring the area and doing site inspections for clients." You can tell he enjoys immersing GEP in the Park City community.

When a client comes to GEP Destination Management, Lavoire and his team have a brainstorming session to discuss the client’s requests before presenting a detailed proposal. These requests range from finding a suitable venue for business meetings to arranging dog sledding or snowmobile activities for each group.

In the past, Lavoire and his team have also planned themed gala events. Previous themes include the Olympic Games, casino night, wine and dinner pairings, and the newest trend — game night. Game nights include setting up vintage arcade games and Wii stations for tournament play.

Building relationships with local businesses is a large part of running a successful destination management company says Lavoire, adding "we hope to become a resource for the hospitality community here, and truly partner with all of the hotels to produce events that ensure group meeting clients come back year after year."

Chris Lavoire


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