When high-end travel agent Chad Clark started “certifying” various travel experiences he was just trying to provide another level of personalized service for his demanding clients. But it turned out he was onto the biggest trend in the luxury travel business. -- Larry Olmsted, FORBES May 2014
CHAD CLARK, an authority on experiential travel and self proclaimed “experience junkie”, will be announcing his CERTIFIED 25 at LILY LOUNGE in the Bellagio Las Vegas during Virtuoso Week on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 10am.. Travel is about Unique, Authentic, and Local experiences and Chad is all about the “experience”. The CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 is the first of it's kind in the travel industry and will be a list comprised of THE BEST travel experiences to be had in 2017/18.
Chad Clark invites innovative travel industry suppliers, providers, hotels & resorts, and producers of travel products to submit their unique, authentic and local travel experiences for the chance to be featured in the “2017 Chad Clark Certified 25.” Clark has been traveling for as long as he can remember, seeking out the world’s most interesting and exciting experiences, and now he invites the best in travel to share theirs.
For years, Chad Clark has been “certifying” incredible travel experience around the globe and is always on the lookout for the latest and greatest experiences to be had in travel. The CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 is an event produced for the travel industry and will provide a myriad of benefits for both travel suppliers and travel advisors/designers. The CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 will be a platform for our suppliers to extend their voice and promote their programs directly to the travel advisor/designer community. In turn, this event will be a platform for travel advisors/designers to stay ahead of the game and provide their clients with unique, authentic, and local travel experiences that are cutting edge and life changing. In the end, the goal is to “move the needle” and increase business for all. Being a part of the CHAD CLARK CERTIFED 25 will be a “CERTIFED™ experience” in itself and an incredible opportunity to create a memory for your audience.
Please submit your CERTIFIED™ Experience, Idea, or Travel Product (yes… luggage, in flight entertainment, clothing, or anything else that creates a terrific travel experience) to be considered for CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25. This year's event will be staged at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 13 at 10am. This innovative experience will feature Chad Clark, principal of Chad Clark Travel Ventures, along with special guests and fun entertainment. He will be presenting the best experiences, ideas, and products –on stage, in a very entertaining and innovative format.
What is the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25?
It is a collection of the most unique, authentic, and local travel experiences/products to be had throughout the world. We will be announcing the latest and greatest in experiences, ideas, and travel products and presenting them to the best in the travel industry during Virtuoso week in Las Vegas-August 13, 2017 (10a-12p).
Who can submit?
Anyone that can produce a memorable travel EXPERIENCE
How do I submit?
Is there a cost to be a part CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25?
Yes, $250 per entry to go to THE DESTINO GROUP for producing the event. Each participant is responsible for all cost associated with set up, video production (within C25 event guidelines), labor, materials, live performance or shipping product samples to the show.
If my experience does not get chosen for the final CERTIFIED 25, will I get my $250 submission fee back?
DISCLAIMER: ALL FEES FOR THE CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 GO TO DESTINO GROUP FOR PRODUCING THE EVENT
What do I need to submit?
Each participant is required to submit a detailed description of the idea, Hi-Rez photos, Hi-Rez video along with any technical information that is required for the live event.
When is the submission dead line?
June 13, 2017
What is The Event?
The CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 event will be a stunning exhibition of the absolute best in travel presented to the best of the travel industry-both travel suppliers and travel advisors/designers. It will be entertaining informative, and definitely cutting edge. Each CERTIFIED 25 finalist will be showcased in a unique and entertaining way- basically creating an experience in itself.
When is The Event?
Sunday, August 13 from 10a-12pm at LILY LOUNGE in the Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas during Virtuoso week.
Are the participants required to appear live who make the 2017 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25?
Yes. Each participant/finalist is to appear live who makes the final CERTIFIED 25. Participation is mandatory. Depending on the nature of the participant, a live interview, performance, or video presentation will be in order. Plus, you’ll want to make yourself available to the travel advisor/designer community after the show for questions and to discuss your program. This is great opportunity to speak directly to the people that matter to you most!
How will I find out if my experience has been accepted to the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25?
Winners will be notified two weeks after the submission dead line.
When can I post on social media my idea has been accepted on the 2017 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25?
If your idea is accepted 2017 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, please don’t post on social media until after the live show. Why would you want to ruin the surprise?!
Do I need pay for travel to 2017 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25?
Yes. Each participant is financially responsible for any/all travel, hotel, transportation costs that are accrued for the 2017 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25.
Will the Destino Group, Chad Clark, or Chad Clark Travel Ventures reimburse for me for any cost associated with the 2017 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25?
No. The Destino Group, Chad Clark, or Chad Clark Travel Ventures will not reimburse for any costs including shipping, production, labor, backline, or gear required to perform at live show the 2017 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25™.
Do I need to provide my own production and/or set up?
Yes. Each finalist is responsible for arranging and providing any and all set up, production backline or any additional gear-including staging, lighting, audio, lighting equipment, video production. This will all be in accordance with the production guidelines set by Chad Clark Travel Ventures & The Destino Group for The Event.
Who do I contact with more questions?
Chad Clark has been a traveling for as long as he can remember, seeking out the world’s most interesting and exciting experiences. A self-proclaimed “Experience Junkie” Chad gave up his corporate life to follow his love for food, wine, culture, destinations, a.k.a. extraordinary travel experiences, and turn it into a business that helps people make the absolute most of their most precious commodity—their time. Whether traveling with friends, family or alone on a research trip, Chad is all about the experience and when he loves it, he just has to share it with his client friends. That’s just his way. Of course he and his company have the contacts, the relationships, the stick-to-it-ness so clients can experience everything the world has to offer. Chad’s life is about travel and he’s amassing an ever-growing “Experience Journal” that he shares online through social media. You’ll see Chad in Rome, Sydney, Paris, and even in his own backyard golfing in Scottsdale, Arizona enjoying the people and the places. Sampling, connecting, building relationships and in essence living your next big adventure. Chad and his team can help you get there.
Our company works with people who recognize that the types of trips they want require more than time and planning- it requires knowledge, experience, and connections. Chad Clark Travel Ventures is about enjoying the absolute best life has to offer and helping others enjoy it too. Life is too short. Time is precious. Experience and moments matter the most. Chad Clark Travel Ventures makes them unforgettable. Experience the extraordinary, not once in a lifetime, but every time!
What clients can expect: You’ve earned your place in this world where the finer things are your things. You have a top financial advisor. You have a top tax advisor. Maybe even a top trainer, nutritionist, and stylist. SO, who plans what you do with your most precious commodity...your time?
Go beyond executive class travel and go for a Chad Clark Travel Ventures Certified™ Experience. It’s travel that once you experience it, there’s no going back.
Chad Clark Travel Ventures also provides consultancy services for the travel supplier trade. This includes hotels & resorts, DMC’s, on-sites, and tour operators.