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Agent FAM to Washington D.C. hosted by SAS & Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants May 4th–7th, 2017 – an Atlantic Link case story

Six travel agents, representing MICE and Business travel departments from the third largest TMC in Scandinavia: Egencia SAS, hosted the group on Business Class service from CPH to Washington Dulles Airport.

Kimpton Hotels hosted the group at: Kimpton Mason and Rook, located just steps away from the bustling 14th Street. The agents also did site inspection at the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant properties in Washington and experienced the hotels’ services and inspected the facilities.

Kimpton hosted the group for breakfast at restaurant Dirty Habit at Kimpton Hotel Monaco, welcomed by Kristy Rooney, City Director of International Sales at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, and did a presentation of the Kimpton brand and its history. Breakfast was followed by inspection of Kimpton Monaco.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco is a beautiful combination of old and new, and as you enter the historic property and ogle the grand marble staircases and the bold, playful style, you know you are in the midst of greatness.

Sightseeing

In order to get more familiar with the city, the agents went on a Washington DC bus tour arranged by Washington D.C., hosted by Destination DC, and got to travel through the history of the city by visiting legendary landmarks, including the White House, Capitol Hill, Jefferson Memorial and Lincoln Memorial, under the entertaining instructions of Mr. Lee.

In the afternoon, the group visited Kimpton Glover Park to experience the Kimpton Wine hour. There they were greeted and served wine by Noelle Moore, Assistant Director of Sales at Kimpton Glover Park and enjoyed the surroundings in the hotel’s living room.

Kimpton Glover Park, located near Embassy Row and American and Georgetown universities, is perched on a hill that gives sweeping views of the Potamac River and National Mall and pays homage to nearby Rock Creek Park, with its naturally inspired design by artist Michele Oka Doner. Handmade light fixtures and organic touches foster a creative, contemporary vibe that welcomes the outdoors in.

After the wine hour, the group did a site inspection of the beautiful and bright guest rooms at the hotel, where the view from the guest rooms caused some jaw drops among the agents.

Food

SAS hosted a dinner at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place in Georgetown, were they were served fresh delicacies from the sea. The day was rounded up with a night cap at the roof top bar, Raise the Roof, at Kimpton Mason & Rook.

On the last day of the tour, the group started with a delicious breakfast at The Riggsby at Kimpton Carlyle hotel, where they were greeted by Ursila McNamara, Director of Sales and Marketing at the hotel, followed by a site inspection. Restaurant The Riggsby at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel projects an intimate yet refined ambience with wood tables, leather boots, brass finishes and whimsical décor, including original artwork by the chef’s wife.

The last stop before departing to Copenhagen was the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet. As the group was informed that they could travel with 2x23 kg suitcases on SAS Business Class, it goes without saying that little was left behind in the stores after the group had contributed generously to US economy.

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