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Live Like Royalty (The Ultimate Incentive Idea Guide)
Insurance Conference Planner, September 2001

Anyone can check into a hotel, but only a privileged few can indulge in the lifestyles of the rich and famous. So says Gregory Lee Patrick of Tours of Enchantment, a Houston-based international incentive house.

Patrick has a roster of roughly 750 private chateaus, castles, and mansions throughout the world not available for public rental. He staffs them with waiters who place satin pillows under ladies' feet when they dine, and famous restaurant chefs who cook gourmet cuisine. A one-to-one staff-to-client ratio ensures that a customer's every whim will be met.

“Imagine that as your attendees are sipping cocktails around the pool, they watch the 2000 Olympics aquatic ballet perform,” says Patrick. “And that's a minor event.”

If your qualifiers live in a major metropolitan city, the program can start 10 days prior to the trip, with 24-hour personal concierge service for everything from expert packing to taking the dog to the kennel.

Some estates can accommodate up to 60 people; large groups can take over multiple homes in a given setting.

For more information, you can call (800) 949-3732,
or go to
— Regina Baraban

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