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Host Your Conference and Live The Dream

June 19, 2015
  • Host Your Conference and Live The Dream
  • Host Your Conference and Live The Dream
  • Host Your Conference and Live The Dream

Bernadette Purcell, a meeting planner for Cain Meetings & Incentives based in Boulder, CO, won Visit Newport Beach’s annual Live the Dream program. After booking a meeting for a software company that had more than 200 attendees, Bernadette was qualified to live the dream for a week. Now, you too can be rewarded simply by submitting a qualified RFP*.

Visit Newport Beach, Inc. is committed to ensuring planning your meeting is a streamlined, rewarding and an enjoyable process. Our destination experts will reward you with five-star service, one-stop shopping for all of your meeting needs and industry-best pricing. Plus, with a qualified RFP, we will send you a $100 Nordstrom Gift Card and when you choose to book with Visit Newport Beach’s team, we will send an additional $250 American Express Gift Card. And, you will qualify to Live the Dream just like Bernadette did.

When meeting planners need a location that’s not only close to air service, but one that features a variety of upscale accommodations, world-class restaurants and casual eateries alike, and perhaps even a gorgeous yacht harbor, they choose Newport Beach. In short, it’s a place that’ll make your employees or convention-goers fall over each other volunteering to attend your next off-site meeting or event.

Bernadette, who books a couple of hundred programs a year, and her husband enjoyed the ultimate luxury getaway offering the best Newport Beach has to offer including an oceanfront vacation home, luxurious dining, boat rides, shopping and much more.

“The Visit Newport Beach sales team enabled me to have more of a broad reach and truly helped me facilitate several aspects of the program ultimately allowing me to do more in Newport Beach than I would have been able to elsewhere,” said Bernadette.

The possibilities in Newport Beach are only limited by your imagination. And once you’ve visited our destination like Bernadette had the opportunity to do, your imagination will be in overdrive. Redefine how RRP’s can work for you and send us your RFP today to be rewarded.


This Year’s Live the Dream Winner, Bernadette, Knows Just How Accessible Newport Beach is!
Beyond the radiant sun, sand and surf, discover the sophisticated charm of Newport Beach, California – a place so intoxicating; one taste of the perfect life will keep you coming back for more. Just ask Bernadette Purcell, this year’s Live the Dream incentive winner.

“Newport Beach is one of those destinations that not a lot of people know about. After my visit and group’s events, I highly recommend it now,” said Bernadette Purcell. “It is so convenient to the Orange County airport, and we had several international attendees who had very easy transfers from Los Angeles.”

Newport Beach is conveniently located next to John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) in Orange County, California, but can also be accessed by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the north, Long Beach Airport (LGB) also to the north, San Diego International Airport (SAN) to the south, and Ontario International Airport (ONT) to the southeast.

John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) is centrally located in the heart of Orange County, with shuttles transporting you in ten minutes or less to all major Newport Beach hotels, conference centers and visitor attractions. Served by nine commercial airlines serving more than 20 nonstop destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, John Wayne Airport offers more than 280 flights per day.

Some may not realize just how short of a drive Newport Beach is to surrounding cities, but getting to this resort town is easier than you can imagine. Referred to as the “Hamptons of Hollywood” by AAA Car & Travel Magazine, our upscale beach town still remains an undiscovered jewel waiting to be found.

When considering a meeting on the West Coast, start by involving Visit Newport Beach to ensure a successful and satisfying event. Our services are complimentary and your best interests are our first priority. Our goal is to provide you with unbiased destination recommendations and information tailored specifically to your needs as well as the needs of your meeting group.

Plus, our team will make planning your meeting even more rewarding with our Live the Dream program. All qualified RFP’s* submitted will receive a $100 Nordstrom Gift Card and when your group chooses Newport Beach you will receive an additional $250 American Express Gift Card. Plus with all qualified RFP’s, you have the chance to live the dream just like Bernadette did.


Bernadette’s Group Benefitted from Newport Beach’s Mild (read: Perfect) Weather
Bernadette’s program was in February and she needed a destination with mild weather. The group is based in Denver and they had held the meeting there the two previous years and had to deal with major snowstorms that caused travel headaches and anxiety for everyone. By choosing Newport Beach, not only was weather not a factor at all, but they were able to hold their opening reception outside in a rose garden.

“Newport Beach’s weather is a huge benefit for a winter program,” she said. “Even though some of our attendees were leaving cold weather climates, we didn’t have any problems getting everyone in on time and back home after the meeting.”

The city’s near-perfect weather, year-round, allows for the greatest variety of unique meeting venues – both inside and out, on land and on sea. Year-round temperatures in Newport Beach average about 67 degrees Fahrenheit/19.35 degrees Celsius (the coldest reaches an average low of 49 in December, hottest, a high of 72 in August).

During Bernadette’s Live the Dream experience, she and her husband rode their bikes everywhere, enjoyed a ferry ride to Balboa Island and walked the beach daily. There isn’t any reason you can’t also live the dream.

With our professional sales team here to assist you free of charge, not only will your meeting benefit from the near perfect weather, you will also benefit from the sales team’s five-star service and industry-best pricing. Be rewarded today and submit your RFP.


Dine & Shop Around Newport Beach – Bernadette Lived the Dream
With top designer names, exclusive stores found only here, ocean view retail destinations with alfresco cafes, charming village boutiques and unique island shops, Newport Beach is a must-shop destination your group will love.

Unlike L.A., many of the stylish stores and boutiques of Newport Beach are concentrated within a five mile radius, taking you from designer outposts to quaint shops in a matter of minutes – all in a magnificent seaside setting with gorgeous views, idyllic weather and fabulous restaurants and bars to satisfy your foodie cravings, as well.

Bernadette, who won our annual Live the Dream incentive, utilized the Visit Newport Beach sales team’s services to organize a Dine Around and shopping excursion for her group during their winter program. And, while she was living the dream, she enjoyed a gift certificate to take in the shopping herself.

Newport Beach is a coastal fantasyland where leisure and style come together in ten distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. While attending a meeting in Newport Beach, it’s okay to feel spoiled with pristine beaches, luxury shopping, fine dining, and water sports all within close proximity of each other.

With so many dining options within walking distance of the hotels, Newport Beach offers easy options for off-site events, dine arounds and activities for attendees to enjoy on their own. Married with the commitment of the Visit Newport Beach sales team focused on ensuring your meeting goes smoothly, planning an event in Newport Beach is rewarding.

Newport Beach was named one of the top 50 U.S. cities for meetings and events in 2014-15, according to Cvent, the online event planning and management service. Make your meeting special by holding it in a location that not only offers a variety of luxury meeting venues and casual lodging choices, but also provides a breathtaking backdrop and a plethora of post-meeting relaxation options.

*To qualify, please submit an RFP with 50 cumulative rooms or more to a Visit Newport Beach representative.

Written by Visit Newport Beach Meetings

As a not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), Visit Newport Beach provides destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources tailored specifically to the needs of meeting planners and their clients.

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