Destination Caribbean

The leading hosted-buyer event for top-level, pre-qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in the Caribbean. Participants will meet with the leading hotels, CVBs, DMCs and venues from the Caribbean for three highly productive days at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.

 

NOTICE: Please click here to read our statement regarding COVID-19.

 


ABOUT DESTINATION CARIBBEAN

Destination Caribbean—Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event—brings together the most highly-qualified meeting and incentive buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, DMCs, DMOs and tourism offices from the Caribbean. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers and network with this exclusive group, all while enjoying Aruba. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.

Check out photos from Destination Caribbean 2019:

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Follow along on Instagram: #DestinationCarib
Follow along on LinkedIn: #DestinationCarib

 

Learn

Learn

Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers who will provide targeted education specific to your needs as a meeting and incentive planner.

Connect

Connect

Connect with premier suppliers from the Caribbean during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.

Enjoy

Enjoy

All qualified buyers will be fully hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, including airfare, accommodation, meals and planned activities.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

All Day
Planner & Supplier Hotel Check-In
2:00pm 5:30pm
Registration
5:30pm 6:00pm
Planners: Site Inspection of Ritz-Carlton Aruba
6:00pm 8:00pm
Welcome Reception & Maui Jim Sunglass Fittings

Hosted by The Ritz-Carlton Aruba

Sunday, July 18, 2021

7:30am 8:30am
Breakfast

Hosted by Ritz-Carlton Aruba

8:30am 9:50am
Opening Remarks & General Session: Ask the Attorney: New Legal Concerns for Events
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As in-person meetings and incentive travel programs return, new legal issues are arising. Renowned industry attorney Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., will address timely topics of concern to meeting and incentive planners and suppliers, including health safety, security, cancellation terms, contract clauses, and liability, as well as special considerations for Caribbean events. Audience questioned are encouraged during this moderated Q&A session and group discussion.
Attendees will learn how to:

• Prepare for contract negotiations by understanding today’s business climate
• Revise contract clauses to be more relevant for Covid-era events
• Apply best practices to minimize health and safety risks – and avoid liability
10:00am11:30am
One-on-One Meetings (6 appointments)
12:00pm
Gather for Lunch Departure
12:15pm2:30pm
Site and Lunch

Sponsored by Hilton Aruba

3:00pm – 4:30pm
One-On-One Meetings (6 appointments)
4:30pm 6:00pm
COVID Testing Time for those flying on July 20th
5:50pm
Gather for Transfer to Dinner (wheels roll 6:00pm)
6:15pm – 8:45pm
Dine-Around or Dinner (advance selections required; space is limited)
Sponsored by Aruba Convention Bureau
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Monday, July 19, 2021

7:45am – 9:30am
Breakfast & Educational Session: The Plain Truth: A Planner Panel Discussion

Breakfast hosted by The Ritz-Carlton Aruba

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Lisa Grimaldi, Editor of Incentive, will moderate a panel discussion on the current challenges meeting professionals are facing as the pace of business picks up. Among topics to be covered: what has changed in supplier negotiations, health-safety protocols, staffing challenges, business recovery and more. Audience participation will be encouraged.
9:45am12:00pm
One-on One Meetings (8 appointments)
12:25pm
Gather for Walk to Lunch and Activities
12:30pm2:00pm
Site and Lunch
Sponsored by: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
2:15pm– 5:00pm
Activities/Free Time (advance selections required; space is limited)
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  • “Jeep” Tour - Sponsored by: DePalm Tours
  • Snorkle Yacht Sail - Sponsored by: EPIC (40pax max)
  • Made In Aruba Adventure - Sponsored by: ECO DMS (24pax max)

5:50pm
Planners Gather for 6pm Transfer to Site Inspection and then Dinner
6:30pm
Suppliers Gather for 6:40pm transfer to Dinner
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Casual Dinner at the Beach
Hosted by Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

 

  

ALL QUALIFIED BUYERS WILL BE FULLY HOSTED BY NORTHSTAR MEETINGS GROUP, INCLUDING AIRFARE, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS, AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES.

INFORMATION

Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with suppliers from the Caribbean
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Great meals, receptions, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Aruba as a premier meetings and incentive destination

Follow along on Instagram: #DestinationCarib
Follow along on LinkedIn: #DestinationCarib

 

To learn more why past buyers say this event is the best networking and education experience in the incentive industry, please contact Cindy Binder at [email protected].

 

 TESTIMONIALS

"GREAT job! It was a wonderful event and I look forward to next year :) for myself or another colleague as I found it very valuable and extremely worthwhile (which is a high bar for meeting planners). I just wanted to tell you what a terrific time everyone had and commend you for the flawless execution of you and the team!"

- Missy Madden, East West Connection

"Thank you for your gracious hospitality at Destination Caribbean. I had a great time at the event and found it very informative and a good use of my time. I met some great suppliers that I would like to work with on future programs. The Northstar team always does a great job and I welcome every opportunity to attend the events knowing that I will be able to connect with supplies that could be a good fit fo my clients."

- Molly Sampson, Down to the Details

"I've been to a few other hosted buyer programs but this is one of the best. The quality of the attendees, planners and suppliers alike, was superb. I will highly recommend this to my colleagues and other planners."

 

Jonathan T. Howe

Jonathan T. Howe

Howe & Hutton Ltd.

Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., is president and senior and founding partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd., headquartered in Chicago. The longtime legal expert and columnist for Meetings & Conventions, he has written hundreds of articles and papers on hospitality and meetings, and has spoken to organizations all over the world. He is also general counsel to Meeting Professionals International, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the International Live Events Association, as well as special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel. Howe was named the inaugural recipient of the Hospitality Industry Attorneys of the Year by the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. As an adjunct professor, he has taught courses in association management and hospitality industry law at Roosevelt and DePaul Universities.

SUPPLIER INFO

Individual Package

INDIVIDUAL - Limited Availability (Fee for Additional Suppliers)

 

  • Display table for one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
  • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & accommodations) 

 

    Enterprise Package

    SPONSORSHIPS - Limited Availability

     

    • Display table for one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
    • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
    • Half-page or full-page ad package
    • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & accommodations) 

     

    Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

    For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Claudia Davila at [email protected].

    Request Info Destination Caribbean



    EXHIBITORS

    • AMResorts
    • Aruba CVB
    • Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
    • Atlantis Paradise Island
    • British Virgin Islands Tourist Board
    • Casa de Campo
    • Cayman Islands
    • Club Med
    • Curacao
    • DePalm Tours
    • ECO DMC
    • Epic DMC
    • Hard Rock AIC
    • Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
    • Iberostar Hotels and Resorts
    • Jamaica Tourism Board
    • Ocean Properties
    • Marriott Cancun Collection
    • Maui Jim
    • Norwegian Cruise Lines
    • Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
    • The Ritz-Carlton Aruba
    • Royal Caribbean
    • Sandals
    • SLS Baha Mar
    • Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten

     

    SET ALONG PALM BEACH, THIS ARUBA RESORT OFFERS AN ISLAND ESCAPE BLENDING NATURAL BEAUTY WITH LUXURY AMENITIES.

    At The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, fiery sunsets and calm, turquoise water are the backdrop for an enticing array of luxury hotel amenities. Guests enjoy direct access to a pristine beach and the resort’s adults-only and family pools. The casino offers entertainment around the clock with table games and slot machines. And the expansive spa incorporates aloe and other indigenous ingredients into transformative treatments.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
    L. G. Smith Boulevard #107
    Palm Beach, Aruba

    Hotel Website

     

    Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

    Suppliers: Please check back for updates.

    Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

    Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

    Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

    • CBS International
    • Corporate Booking Services 
    • EHRS 
    • Exhibition Housing Services 
    • Global Housing Corporation 
    • World Wide Travel 

    Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group.


    EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR SALES REPRESENTATIVE OR:

    Buyers Contact:

    Cindy Binder

    Manager of Buyer Development

    [email protected]

    Suppliers Contact:

    Claudia Davila

    Business Development Director

    [email protected]

    Event Logistics Contact:

    Angela Cox

    Senior Director, Meetings & Events

    [email protected]