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Dana Point

Sponsors

About the Event

In Dana Point, you can get down to business and surf at Salt Creek. You can drink in the beach vibes and the fine wines. It’s a place with sophistication and taste, and yet it’s casual. Flip-flops-for-every-occasion casual. Dana Point isn’t just a place. It’s a way of life.

We are proud to be powering the second Visit California Luxury Forum in Dana Point, Orange County. Connections will bring a hand-picked selection of the world’s finest luxury buyers to meet with exceptional hotels, boutique properties, experience providers and destination management companies from California. Throughout the event, senior executives and experts will discover new business opportunities during one-to-one meetings and thought-leading debate.

Enhanced with local authentic experiences – from surf lessons to whale watching to a visit to the island of Catalina – the immersive event will once again celebrate California as the Golden State of Luxury.

Sunday, 08th March - Arrival Day

(All day)

Buyers VIP transfers

(All day)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Check in to Monarch Beach Resort

This AAA Five Diamond beachfront resort, perched on a golden hillside, embodies the relaxed, sun-splashed playful sophistication of coastal Orange County. Its impressive offerings includes an award-winning championship 18-hole golf course, a semi-private beach and an exclusive spa partnership with Miraval Group (the global leader in wellness resorts). For foodies, it won't disappoint. Monarch Beach Resort's dining concepts celebrate seasonal cuisine and sustainable practices. In fact, its Bourbon Steak Orange County restaurant has recently been named number one in the county.

Transfer to The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

(2 hours)

Place: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Informal Cocktail Reception, sponsored by The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel & Visit Dana Point

The iconic Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel effortlessly pairs Ritz-Carlton service with California's celebrated relaxed luxury. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from its 140-foot seaside bluff, this stunning AAA Five Diamond resort has one of the most extensive lists of amenities in the region and will be the perfect hosts for our opening evening.

Transfer to Monarch Beach Resort

Monday, 09th March - Day Two

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Breakfast

(30 minutes)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Opening welcome with President & CEO of Visit California, Caroline Beteta

(20 minutes)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Connections briefing

(45 minutes)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(45 minutes)

Place: Monarch Beach Hotel

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience Duration: 45 minutes Location: Monarch Beach Resort These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(15 minutes)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Coffee Break

(45 minutes)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(1 hour)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

ConnecTALKS with Chris Wisson of Altiant

(45 minutes)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(1 hour 15 minutes)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Lunch

(15 minutes)

Transfer to Monarch Bay Beach Club

(30 minutes)

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(30 minutes)

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(30 minutes)

Place: Monarch Bay Beach Club

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(30 minutes)

Place: Monarch Bay Beach Club

Coffee break

(30 minutes)

Place: Monarch Bay Beach Club

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(30 minutes)

Place: Monarch Bay Beach Club

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(1 hour 15 minutes)

Transfer to Monarch Beach Resort & free time

(15 minutes)

Transfer to Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

(3 hours)

Place: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Sundown cocktails & dinner, sponsored by Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Visit Dana Point

On a dramatic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this coastal retreat has a distinct neighbourly spirit. Having recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation in a bid to become a premier Southern California destination, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa combines spectacular uninterrupted ocean views with a relaxed, beach-chic vibe. Its location also means it is one of the best places to watch the sunset. This year, the AAA Four Diamond resort welcomed celebrity chef and four-time James Beard nominee, John Tesar. His new Outer Reef seafood restaurant will deliver a brand-new concept where surf converges with turf.

(15 minutes)

Transfer to Monarch Beach Resort

Tuesday, 10th March - Day Three

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Breakfast

(30 minutes)

Transfer to Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

(10 minutes)

Place: Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

Welcome briefing

(30 minutes)

Place: Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(30 minutes)

Place: Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(30 minutes)

Place: Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(30 minutes)

Place: Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

Coffee break, sponsored by Visit Dana Point

(30 minutes)

Place: Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(30 minutes)

Place: Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(45 minutes)

Place: Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

Experiential Lunch & One-to-One Meeting, sponsored by Visit Dana Point

(30 minutes)

Place:

Transfer to Ocean Institute

(45 minutes)

Place: Ocean Institute

Welcome briefing & interactive ConnecTALKS moderated by Connections

(45 minutes)

Place: Ocean Institute

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(45 minutes)

Place: Ocean Institute

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(45 minutes)

Place: Ocean Insitute

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(15 minutes)

Place: Ocean Institute

Coffee Break, sponsored by Visit Dana Point

(30 minutes)

Place: Ocean Institute

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(30 minutes)

Place: Ocean Institute

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

(1 hour 15 minutes)

Transfer to Monarch Beach Resort & free time

(15 minutes)

Transfer to Closing dinner at Mission San Juan Capistrano

(2 hours 30 minutes)

Place: Mission San Juan Capistrano

Closing reception & dinner at Mission San Juan Capistrano, sponsored by Visit Dana Point

(15 minutes)

Transfer to Monarch Beach Resort

(3 hours)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

After party at Monarch Beach Resort

Wednesday, 11th March - Departure Day

(2 hours)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Buyers Breakfast

(All day)

Place: Monarch Beach Resort

Check out & post-event fam trip for luxury buyers only

For more information on the fam trip, please contact Alex Roca: alex@weareconnections.com