Bar & Shield Recognition Programme for Global Motorcycle Manufacturing Company

320 guests
A group of 160 Top Harley Davidson Dealership Owners plus guests who were recognised for the excellent performance and rewarded with a trip to Ireland.
This was a great programme with many different elements designed to give all participants the best possible experience in Ireland. The top 7 dealers and Senior Management kicked off the experience with the Platinum Program on the West Coast of Ireland at Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare. This V-VIP group arrived into Shannon Airport and enjoyed surroundings fit for a King, fine dining and a private whiskey tasting Master Class with Heidi Donelon who has received many awards for her expertise, including the Whiskey Ambassador of the Year, Icons of Whiskey award 2010. The group also visited Ireland oldest Public House, Durty Nellies, where they enjoyed lunch and a few Guinness’ and afterwards returned to the Castle in vintage cars and were escorted through the avenue to the hotel entrance by a horse and hound welcome.
The Main programme participants arrived into Dublin before transferring to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Powerscourt Co. Wicklow. Tastefully constructed to blend into the grounds of the Powerscout Estate, with the Sugar Loaf Mountain as a backdrop this hotel is one of the finest in Ireland. The main programme included many off site activities and events over the five day programme. At the opening event the group were entertained by Frankie Gavin and de Dannan who were accompanied by Irish Dancers.
Excursions and activities included Castles, Manor Houses, City Tours and Golf Tournaments. One of the more interesting and unusual visits was to Newgrange with Michael Gibbons, a renowned archaeologist and expert on Newgrange.
An afternoon in Temple Bar with an organised pub crawl and smart phone scavenger hunt proved to be very popular where the group broke into teams to solve clues, score points and navigate their way through the narrow city centre streets and enjoy some of the oldest traditional public houses in the country.
The Final night was fun filled and energetic at the Guinness Storehouse where everyone enjoyed the casual atmosphere of ‘Five’ and the Gravity Bar. The group were welcomed by U2 characters and entertained by Rattle & Hum, Ireland’s number one U2 tribute band.
I would like to personally thank you for your team’s hard work in making our North American 2012 Bar & Shield Recognition Trip a success! I thoroughly enjoyed working with your team from beginning to end. I always enjoy your vision, excitement and attention to our budget constraints. Alan’s attention to detail during the pre-planning process created a smooth on-site program. Your hand picked team on site certainly complimented each other and provided an extremely pleasant atmosphere for us and the attendees. Carol, Martin and the rest of the guides added a few laughs to the many history lessons we will cherish for a long time.
Overall our attendees walked away extremely satisfied with the service they received. From the moment they stepped foot into the Ritz-Carlton, the service they received was stellar. The hospitality desk staff handled all requests promptly and with a smile. The event staff provided first class service by reconfirming and advancing all events. I particularly enjoy your passion for your country and this industry in addition to your genuine concern for our attendees to create a memorable experience. The Platinum Experience at Dromoland is going to be extremely hard to top on 2013. The guests were speechless.
We definitely appreciate all of your assistance in making this program memorable for all.
Amy Heppe, Event Manager, Harley-Davidson Motor Company