September 18th, 2017
A violin played, a champagne bottle was smashed, and celebratory cheers could be heard at gate number 40 at Signature Airport on that beautiful Las Vegas evening.
Crystal Skye, the world’s largest and most luxurious charter jet, a wide-body Boeing 777-200LR, was being christened by her owners, the prestigious Crystal Cruises, and its parent company, Genting Hong Kong.
Virtuoso, a prominent network of travel advisors, joined Crystal Cruises in celebrating the reveal of the cutting-edge airliner.
CLI Groups was proud and honored to be Crystal Cruises’ event management agency of choice to coordinate the Crystal Skye christening, followed by a cocktail reception at Maverick Event Center and five days of jet tours by almost 2,000 Virtuoso and global travel advisors.
Planning the christening event at Signature Airport presented some very unique challenges for CLI Groups. Every person attending the occasion on the tarmac, including the bus drivers, and any items used for the ceremony required prior clearance and authorization by Signature Airport. Some of the items needed for the event, such as a small tent to shade equipment, were not allowed to be used due to safety reasons. CLI Groups, with its combined 60 years of event managing experience, quickly thought of alternative materials that could be used on the aviation platform. They also gathered all of the clearance information that was needed while at the same time preparing for the cocktail reception and tours.
Renee Kim, President of CLI Groups, explained how her event management team works to prevent issues from arising, saying, “Each minute is planned. We triple check– TWICE– every detail before and during the event until it ends. We don’t assume anything. We have a strong sense of pride, and accountability and responsibility to our clients. This combination is what brings our events to life.”
The cocktail reception at Maverick Event Center is where the creativity of Crystal Cruises and CLI Groups really came into play. As guests entered the reception area, they were instantly transported to another era- 1950s Pan Am, “The Golden Age of Air Travel.” The room was transformed to give a festive “old airport” feel to guests, using a black and white color scheme and vintage Pan Am decor.
The “old” was a nice contrast to the “new.” A lounge area was dedicated to the Crystal Skye jet, decorated in the modern style of the Crystal AirCruise brand, using Crystal’s signature colors of teal, silver, and white.
By the next day, the hundreds of travel advisors, who traveled to Las Vegas from all over the world, were very excited to tour the unprecedented Crystal Skye charter jet, with its 88 first-class, lie-flat seats. CLI Groups carefully secured five days of transportation for the advisors to get to and from the Las Vegas Strip and Signature Airport in fifteen-minute intervals. Guests traveling aboard the branded buses at the noon hour enjoyed boxed lunches personally handed out by CLI Groups employees.
Helen Panagos, Vice President at Crystal Cruises, expressed gratitude to CLI Groups for helping to create the successful Las Vegas event, when she said, “Our President and CEO Edie Rodriguez and I send our personal thanks to you and your team for bringing our original Crystal AirCruise celebration vision to life for the Crystal Skye’s Christening. It made all of our past and present efforts worthwhile.
The Crystal Cruises jet christening was a joyous success, an impressive event for an even more impressive jet, Crystal Skye.
For more information about how CLI Groups can help you plan and manage your next corporate meeting or event, please visit cligroups.com or call 702-329-9908.