"HE IS CERTIFYING AN ANNUAL LIST OF TRAVEL EXPERIENCES, SIMILAR TO WHAT THE MICHELIN GUIDE IS FOR RESTAURANTS" - THE IRISH TIMES, DECEMBER 2017"
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™ which features the most unique, authentic and local travel experiences in the world. 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 2018/19.
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 this year's “2018 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™ is an annual 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 CERTIFIED 25™ will be a “CERTIFIED™ 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 in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 12 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.
"This is a fantastic industry-wide initiative that speaks to the essence of travel experiences. We at AMAN place a tremendous amount of importance on providing our guests with unique and local authentic experiences and are proud to be involved with THE CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25." Christina Deeny-Global Head of Sales & Distribution, AMAN Resorts.
Being named as a CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 winner was an honour and a privilege. We have received many bookings from the award and are forever grateful to Chad for coming up with this new initiative for the travel industry.
Nicola Butler-Owner, NoteWorthy
"Chad Clark is possessed of exceptional taste and we were very honoured to be chosen for his CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25. To be part of this finely curated selection of the world's great travel experiences was a fantastic endorsement for The Beaumont and undoubtedly instrumental in raising the hotel's profile and increasing its appeal."
Jannes Soerensen- General Manager, The Beaumont Hotel, London
"THE CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 represents a new beginning with recognition for luxury experiential travel."
Maggi Nixon- Director of Sales & Marketing, The Ultimate Traveling Camp
"Winning THE CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 award was a great honor giving us excellent exposure to our target demographic and access to multiple marketing avenues. Winning prestigious, relevant awards such as the Chad Clark Certified 25 helps maintain our status as the leading provider of luxury travel in China."
Guy Rubin- Managing Partner, Imperial Tours
"Being a part of THE CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 in 2017 put our brand and company on a platform in front of some of the most important members of the industry. It was a great opportunity for exposure to our target audience."
Skylar Damars- Director of Marketing- G-RO
“THE CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 was able to highlight and emphasize (in a very unique way) a special dining experience we launched at the Hotel. Not only the experience give us immediate visibility with top industry advisors in Las Vegas, but the press coverage related to it gave even a stronger boost to inspire clients!”
Mariella Avino- Managing Director, Palazzo Avino
“THE CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 is an innovative idea of selecting the most exciting 25 travel experiences globally on an annual basis. The highly curated and handpicked wonders of hospitality by none other than the genius in luxury travel (Chad Clark himself), exemplify what our dynamic world stands for –the most passionate, most enigmatic, most detailed, most enchanting, most inspiring and most exhilarating luxury hospitality experiences. The Chatwal, New York has been honored to be on the inaugural list of Chad Clark Certified 25. We have benefited tremendously from the exposure and opportunity extended to our most unique hotel.”
Ashish Verma- Vice President, Luxury Division The Chatwal, New York
The Nightwalk experience, by Mashpi Lodge, being in THE CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, has brought wonderful level of exposure to the world of our unique and particular rainforest spot here in Ecuador. Mashpi Lodge has climbed up the popularity latter and is on the way to become what we envisioned: a standalone-nature destination, so rich and rewarding, that all visitors leave the forest enchanted and changed for better.
Tamara Karolys- Commercial Director Metropolitan Touring Ecuador
A spa treatment lasts an hour or two, but the effects of a cooking or photography class can last a lifetime.
Consumers are quickly realizing this, and that realization is fundamentally changing the leisure travel industry......
A “fairytale” experience at Ashford Castle has been listed as one of the 25 best travel experiences in the world.
The listing was compiled by US travel advisor Chad Clark, who is aiming to certify travel “experiences” to create an annual list similar to what the Michelin Guide is for restaurants.
What did you have for lunch today? If you were staying at Minaret Station, a luxury New Zealand lodge so remote you can only get to it by helicopter, your lunch might have begun with helicopter flightseeing over jaw dropping fjords before landing............
Chad Clark, principal and owner of Chad Clark Travel Ventures and an authority on experiential travel, announces the winners of the inaugural CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, the first-of-its-kind travel initiative that annually lists the top 25 travel experiences and products throughout the world.
The winners were announced during a sold-out interactive event at Lily Lounge at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on August 13 in front of leading travel industry professionals.
Imagine soaring over the Great Wall in a helicopter, then landing at an isolated section for a gourmet banquet in a tower. Imagine soaking in a hot stone bath and communing with saffron-robed novice monks in Bhutan......
Congratulations to last year's CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 recipients!
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● Amankora Bhutan
This experience consists of a spiritual and cultural safari where guests walk through ancient rhododendron forests watching endangered black necked cranes, soaking in a hot stone bath, interacting with saffron robed novice monks and dining in a rustic stone potato shed—all in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
● Ashford Castle
A fairy-tale inspired experience, Ashford Castle includes a luxurious stay in a medieval Irish castle where guests are invited to take part in authentic Irish activities throughout the castle and its picturesque grounds.
● The Beaumont Hotel
This award-winning London hotel offers a ‘do-it-yourself’ ice cream sundae with 300 potential permutations in the resort’s Colony Grill Room. At The Beaumont everything is tailor-made and entirely personal to each client, and crafted together with them.
● Brush Creek Ranch
Platte Canyon Overnight Camp at Brush Creek Ranch is a luxurious camping experience that includes private outdoor activities, gourmet meals around an open fire, a large yurt and two traditional teepees with large decks, located over the North Platte River in Wyoming.
● The Chatwal Hotel
The Chatwal Hotel invites guests to enjoy Broadway like an actor from the landmark building once home to the oldest theatrical club of America. Guests enjoy insider access to the most desirable tickets in town and live performance over brunch.
· Dolomite Mountains/Rosa Alpina
This experience takes guests on a journey through the picturesque Dolomite Mountains where guests hike in luxury from “hut to hut” while enjoying the gourmet food and wines of Italy.
● Dunton Hot Springs
Limited only by your imagination, Colorado’s Dunton Hot Springs offers customizable experiences that are specifically tailored for each guest’s interests, whether it’s cattle driving, horseback riding or beyond. Flytographer
Flytographer connects travelers with vetted local photographers for short, candid vacation shoots in over 200 cities around the world, providing both an authentic travel experience and unforgettable souvenirs.
● Four Seasons Hualalai
The Ultimate Pop-Up Volcano Adventure begins with a private helicopter journey over the big island of Hawaii and continues with a trip to a Rainforest Cottage Hideaway where guests hike, swim explore the area around the volcano and participate in exclusive activities.
● The Greenwich Hotel
The Greenwich is one of the first hotels to offer a fully complimentary minibar (excluding alcohol) in all rooms. They have created a bountiful selection of “vintage favorite goodies” reminiscent of childhood combined with trendy new snacks that are customizable to offer all-natural, vegan and gluten-free options.
● G-RO Luggage
G-RO is redefining the companion bag. Each piece is specifically designed to accompany on-the-go travelers whether they are traveling around the block or around the globe.
● Imperial Tours
Guests soar by helicopter over the Great Wall of China and across one of China’s most famous mountain views and land at a spectacular section of the wall where, in an isolated tower, guests enjoy a gourmet banquet. They are joined by one of China’s leading conservationists who helped draft the law protecting the inspirational beauty of this iconic site.
● Le Bristol Paris
Guests are invited to indulge in a progressive Parisian culinary journey at Le Bristol Paris, where they will experience the French Art de Vivre, from a decadent breakfast, a tailor made picnic and a once-in-a-lifetime diner at three Michelin Star restaurant, Epicure
● Le Pres D'Eugenie-Michel Guerard
Every experience at Les Prés d'Eugénie captures the essence of French luxury, style, grace and elegance in a sumptuous setting.
● Local Eyes Sydney
Local Eyes Sydney offers the quintessential Sydney experience, as husband and wife team Jamie and Alex invite guests to their home for lunch and onboard their classic cruiser, Iluka to sail up close to Sydney Harbour’s icons. This authentic taste of Australian life also includes a native bush walk and a surf, stroll or yoga at the world famous Manly Beach.
● Metropolitan Touring
This experience includes a nighttime walk through the forest in search of nocturnal amphibians and insects, ending with a surprise picnic in the midst of the natural environment.
● Minaret Station
Experience the otherwise inaccessible breathtaking wilderness of the Southern Alps of New Zealand by helicopter and touch down in a deserted alpine meadow and enjoy a gourmet spread of lobster pulled fresh from the sea, Minaret station sourced Beef & Lamb, and award winning New Zealand wines.
● Nomadic Expeditions
Nomadic Expeditions affords guests the opportunity to watch the legendary Kazakh hunters at the Golden Eagle Festival in the remote Altai Mountains, as these skilled hunters and their highly-trained eagles compete for the top prize.
Noteworthy provides the exclusive opportunity to view London’s most iconic event, the “Changing of the Guards.” Guests who partake in this rare behind-the-scenes experience are able to capture rare photographs and avoid crowds.
● Palazzo Avino
Palazzo Avino’s “Sea of Love” dining experience aims to suspend guests between land and sea. The exclusive candlelit dinner comes complete with sparkling sea, stars and music.
● Peru Empire
Experience the mystical other-worldly beauty of Lake Titicaca, the cradle of Andean civilization. From exclusive visits to a traditional community on the picturesque island of Taquile, to hiking ancient trails surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountain landscapes.
Singita offers exclusive, first-hand, behind the scenes insight into the work of the Anti-Poaching Unit. This once in-a-lifetime conservation safari experience will take you on a journey through the projects that are the life force behind their conservation success in the Serengeti.
● The Ultimate Traveling Camp
Guests are invited to enjoy a day at the “top of the world” where they are immersed in the region's unique rituals, exposed to the ancient sport of Polo, have the opportunity to try their hand at archery, raft down the Indus River and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch set amidst a dramatic and breath-taking landscape.
● True North
TRUE NORTH conducts adventure-cruises in Australia’s stunning Kimberley region—featuring unparalleled access and daily off-ship activities (some via the ship’s onboard helicopter) that enable guests to truly experience the destination.
● Waldorf Astoria Park City
Waldorf Astoria Park City offers beautiful snow-covered views of the largest ski and snowboard resort in the United States. Their signature vanilla mint chapstick is the most sought after item at the hotel for guests to take on all adventures.
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 12, 2018 (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, $300 per entry to go to THE DESTINO GROUP for producing the event.
If chosen to be finalist of the CERTIFIED 25™, each participant is responsible for all cost associated with set up, event 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 $300 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?
When is the submission dead line?
June 13, 2018
What is The Event?
The CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25™ event will again 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 12 from 10a-12pm at LILY in the Bellagio Hotel during Virtuoso week.
If my experience is chosen to be a part of the CERTIFIED 25™, what is required?
Video footage (see requirements below) and an additional $775 fee to cover professional editing your video into the event' s production
If you are chosen to be in the 2018 Chad Clark Certified 25, you will receive the following:
Are the participants required to appear live who make the 2018 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 2018 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25?
If your idea is accepted 2018 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 2018 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25?
Yes. Each participant is financially responsible for any/all travel, hotel, transportation costs that are accrued for the 2018 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25.
Will the Destino Group, Chad Clark, or Chad Clark Travel Ventures reimburse for me for any cost associated with the 2018 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 2018 CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25™.
Do I need to provide my own video 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.
We will need the following video requirements:
- Video Size: 1920 x 1080 (HD) or larger
- Raw video: Without graphics/text on top of video and preferably with no color correction
- Minimum of 3 minutes in length.
EXAMPLES OF VIDEO QUALITY:
(please note that these examples are finished versions which have been professionally edited for the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED EVENT in Las Vegas)
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.