Change is in the Air – Updates from The Event Team

The Event Team destination management company is constantly making small adjustments behind the scenes to ensure our offerings remain unique, our team remains efficient, and our clients remain happy. A few such adjustments have occurred simultaneously this quarter, and we thought they warranted an official announcement:

Hosts Global Alliance Departure

After almost 20 years with Hosts Global Alliance (formerly USA Hosts), The Event Team has amicably parted ways with the DMC consortium. We were one of HGA’s inaugural members and partnered with them to execute many spectacular events all over Southern California. We wish their team nothing but continued success moving forward.

Soft Re-Brand

We love our “Super People. Superior Events.” motto, and we revere our position as one of the leading destination management companies in Southern California. To further emphasize our strong connection to Southern California’s culture, people, and experiences, we created a new color palette (below) that draws inspiration from SoCal’s sandy beaches, sparkling oceans, sprawling deserts, and dazzling sunsets. Look for these new colors and several other updates to our marketing materials moving forward!

the event team color palette

Service Enhancements

In addition to aesthetic improvements, we’ve also committed to elevating our level of service. Our “just right” size is one of The Event Team’s greatest strengths, and it allows for a more personalized relationship with our clients and groups. Keeping this in mind, we’ve implemented a stronger Preferred Vendor program, a more comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Handbook, and a thorough Pre and Post Program Survey system (which is conducted by our President). As for our product, we are continually striving to create unique and custom out-of-the-box tours, designs, entertainment options, teambuilding programs, and destination experiences that you will only be able to find at The Event Team.

Our Team

Lastly, our longtime Vice President of Sales & Marketing Bill Yahres will be shifting gears to primarily focus on the convention market as our new VP of Business Development. Bill’s extensive experience with large convention groups, tradeshow exhibitors, etc. makes him the perfect fit for this position, and The Event Team is excited to dedicate even more attention to this area.

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Need More Info?

We embrace change and growth at The Event Team, and we are eager to watch the next chapter of our company’s journey unfold. If you have questions or if you’re interested in learning more about our corporate event services, please contact us today! We look forward to helping you plan your next Southern California event!

To contact The Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Or The Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

 

 

The Event Team’s Holiday So-Calendar

Hello-ho-ho Southern California! We thought we’d kick off December with a holiday guide for each of the destinations we service (San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara). Just because we’re not scraping ice off our windshields or building snowmen in our front yards doesn’t mean we don’t know how to bring it with the holiday cheer. Enjoy!

San Diego Holiday Events

The Event Team - Balboa Park December NightsBalboa Park December Nights: This year marks the 38th annual consecutive Balboa Park December Nights holiday festival. Experience food, music, and entertainment from around the world! New this year is a children’s interactive area complete with crafts and a giant coloring book wall. Experience the culture of Balboa Park and the merriment of the holiday season!

Info:
Date: December 4-5, 2015
Time: 12/4,  3:00-11:00pm – 12/5, noon-11:00pm
Location: Balboa Park (1549 El Prado, San Diego)
Phone: 619-239-0512
Website

The Event Team Petco Park Holiday WonderlandPetco Park Holiday Wonderland: Petco Park has confirmed that the baseball stadium will once again be transformed into its Holiday Wonderland for a second year. Get into the holiday spirit at the field with magical lights, snow, iconic scenes and music, Santa, and a 40’ tree. For 12 nights this holiday season, you and your family can roam around the home of the San Diego Padres on the Polar Express and through Candyland-inspired scenery.

Info:
Date: December 4-23, 2015
Time: 4:30-9:30pm
Location: Petco Park (100 Park Blvd San Diego)
Phone: 619-795-5555
Website

Orange County Holiday Events

The Event Team - Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the ArtsThe Nutcracker performance at the Segerstrom: A new Southern California tradition begins with American Ballet Theatre’s newest Nutcracker, created by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and featuring sets and costumes from Richard Hudson (Broadway’s Lion King). A cast of more than 100 performers – including students from our own ABT William J. Gillespie School – accompany young Clara on a dreamlike journey amid colorful, larger-than-life scenery, magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a glittering Christmas tree!

Info:
Date: December 10-20, 2015
Time: varies
Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts (600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa)
Phone: 714-556-2787
Website

The Event Team - Winterfest OCWinterfest O.C. Fair: Already nominated in USA TODAY’S 10BEST Holiday Festival poll, Winter Fest is a whimsical getaway that features unlimited ice tubing down a 130-foot, six lane ice slide known as Snowflake Summit, massive ice skating rink, where skaters circle the ice while beloved holiday films play on the theatre-sized projection screen in the background, visits with Mr. & Mrs. Claus in the North Pole building with model trains, arts, crafts, games and cookie decorating for kids, Candy Cane Carnival with 30 rides and games, entertainment from magician Jimmy H., strolling carolers, local bands and more!

Info:
Date: December 18 – January 3, 2015
Time: varies
Location: O.C. Fair & Event Center (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa)
Phone: 714-708-1500
Website

Los Angeles Holiday Events

L.A. County Holiday Celebration: Gather up your friends and family and go hear L.A.’s biggest holiday show, which includes more than 20 choirs, music ensembles, and dance troupes from all over the city. The free three-hour show celebrates L.A.’s multicultural observation of the holidays with everything from an all-female mariachi ensemble to a Korean dance troupe. Those who cannot attend in person can listen to a live stream of the concert on PBS SoCal.

Info:
Date: December 24, 2015
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N Grand Avenue Los Angeles)
Website

The Event Team - Los Angeles Events Holiday on Ice LA LiveL.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live: Skate around the dazzling Christmas tree that stands in the middle of this outdoor rink, and take in an LED holiday light show on the huge screens around the plaza. Make it a date night with the Supper and Skating deal, which includes a prix-fixe dinner at a handful of LA Live restaurants, ice skate rentals and skating admission for $30 per person.

Info:
Date: November 28, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Time: Weekdays: 5:00pm, Weekends: 3:00pm
Location: L.A. Live (800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles)
Phone:  213-763-5483
Website

Palm Springs Holiday Events

The Event Team - Indio Tamale FestivalIndio International Tamale Festival: Food Network ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation. Visitors delight in scrumptious tamales, endless alternative food options, shopping, and all-day entertainment. Festival fans like to relax while enjoying a variety of dancing shows including traditional Folklorico dancing and line dancing as well as Cheer Groups. Guests can also enjoy live music on five stages. New to the Festival this year… two Community Stages for more opportunities to view local talent!

Info:
Date: December 5-6, 2015
Time: 12/5, 10:00am-8:00pm, 12/6, 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Oldtown Indio (Highway 111 and Indio Blvd, Indio)
Website

The Event Team - Palm Springs Festival of Lights24th Annual Festival of Lights Parade: A much-loved holiday tradition in downtown Palm Springs. Featuring a host of marching bands, performing groups, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. Skateboard legend, Tony Hawk will be the Grand Marshall.

Info:
Date: December 5, 2015
Time: 5:45pm
Location:Downtown Palm Springs (Palm Canyon Dr between Ramon Rd and Tamarisk Road, Palm Springs)
Website

Santa Barbara Holiday Events

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade “World A’ Glow”: More than 50,000 spectators are expected to line downtown Santa Barbara to cheer on a massive group of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and the annual arrival of Santa Claus.

Info:
Date: December 04, 2015

Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: State Street, Sola to Cota
Phone: 805-962-2098, ext 804
Website

the event team santa barbara paradeSanta Barbara Parade of Lights: Around 25 festively decorated and brightly lit boats will sail the Santa Barbara Coastline and be judged in 5 different categories. Be sure not to miss Santa’s Village where everyone can play in fake snow and take photos with Santa (Starting at 3pm) or the extravagant fireworks show at 7pm. For an extra special experience catch the boats parade and fireworks from the “Sunset Kidd” Sailing Yacht (offering 2 hour cruises).

Info:
Date: December 06, 2015
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Santa Barbara Waterfront (219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA)
Phone: 805-564-5530
Website

Need More Info?

Interested in learning more about holiday happenings in Southern California? Feel free to  contact The Event Team for all your Company’s Destination Management Needs:

San Diego Headquarters, servicing San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs events:

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Or The Los Angeles Office, servicing Los Angeles and Santa Barbara events:
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking to for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California, Please Call US Toll-Free at
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

In the News: Noteworthy SoCal Venues and Activities

It’s always a fun challenge to stay on top of Southern California’s ever-changing landscape of venues and activities. At The Event Team (a leading DMC for San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles County events) we devote entire portions of our weekly staff meetings to discuss new tours, restaurant openings, and industry trends in the area. We also schedule frequent site visits to get a feel for these venues and activities in person. Sure, it’s a fantastic work perk, but the bottom line is we want to ensure that our proposals include the most current and creative options and that our guests have the best possible experience while visiting our destinations. On that note, here are a few new and/or noteworthy venues and activities we are excited to offer:

San Diego Restaurants and Venues:

Café Gratitude: This popular 100% organic plant-based restaurant chain recently opened its first San Diego location on Kettner Blvd. in Little Italy, just a couple blocks away from the beautiful Waterfront Park. Café Gratitude is known for creating a menu and environment that supports health and sustainability for both the community and the planet. Our friends at San Diego Magazine hit the nail on the head when they called Café Gratitude “yoga for your mouth.”

Why we love it: It just makes sense for a venue of this caliber to exist in our health-conscious destination. We think a sunrise yoga session at the park followed by a delicious brunch at Café Gratitude would make for a fantastic feel-good spouse tour.

The Event Team - Cafe Gratitude San Diego

Coasterra: Cohn Restaurant group has done it again, this time with Coasterra, located on the San Diego Bay directly across from downtown San Diego. Offering over 28,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor events space that can accommodate up to 1,400 guests, Coasterra is sure to be a major player in the San Diego corporate events industry.

Why we love it: Delicious modern Mexican cuisine, group-friendly venue, and views that won’t quit. What’s not to love?

The Event Team - Coasterra San Diego

Los Angeles Venues and Activities:

The Petersen Automotive Museum – Behind the Scenes Vault Tour
After a two-year renovation, the Petersen Automotive Museum will open its newly designed location in December of 2015, that will feature dynamic redesigned exterior by Kohn Pedersen and a new interior featuring 22 new exhibit galleries.

Why we love it: The new 75-minute “Behind the Scenes” Vault Tour, an exclusive tour of the underground storage Vault of the Museum to see over 100 years of automotive history, paired with an private cocktail reception or dinner on the Penthouse & Terrace level, would be an once in a lifetime experience for any group.

The Event Team - Petersen Automotive Museum

Fashionista Tour: Rodeo Drive Shopping with a Celebrity Stylist

Led by our Celebrity Stylist guide, guests will learn the ins and outs of Beverly Hills shopping with a special private VIP tour of stores on Rodeo Drive. Guests will be escorted into luxury stores such as Gucci, Louie Vuitton, and Prada to not only shop, but to get fashion & style advice from our Celebrity Stylist. After the tour, the group can opt to take a short walk to an exclusive dining experience at celebrity-owned Villa Blanca.

Why we love it: What fashion-lover wouldn’t want to have their very own Pretty Woman experience at one of the most iconic shopping locations in the world?

The Event Team - Rodeo Drive

Need more info?

If you have a corporate group coming to Southern California, and you’d like to know more about these and other options, contact The Event Team DMC for a proposal! Mention the code NOV15 to receive special offers on the above options! (Minimum 30 guests).

To contact The Event Team for all your Company’s Destination Management Needs:

San Diego Headquarters, servicing San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs events:

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Or The Los Angeles Office, servicing Los Angeles and Santa Barbara events:
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking to for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California, Please Call US Toll-Free at
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

Employee, Staff, Vendor, and Hotelier of the Third Quarter Announced

Every quarter, The Event Team is proud to recognize a few “super people” who have contributed to our company’s success in a huge way. Our Southern California DMC relies on great relationships with vendors, staff, and hoteliers to ensure successful corporate events and happy clients. Here are the third quarter winners for 2015!

Full Time Employee of the Quarter: Jennifer Dotson, Director of Operations (San Diego and Orange County, CA)

Jenn’s passion for her job and her clients has never been more evident than in the last several months. She stepped up to take on a significant number of logistically challenging San Diego and Orange County programs, all the while remaining calm and cool on the outside to provide each client with a professional, pro-active Operations Manager and a flawless event.  To ensure customer satisfaction, our CEO Matt Robbins sends out post event surveys to all our clients. This quarter Jenn received glowing reviews on her programs, including one of the highest scores ever on a Program Report Card. Her attention to detail and commitment and fulfilling client requests is clearly paying off! Jenn’s primary talent is customer service and making sure all of her clients feel important and taken care of. The Event Team is proud of her hard work and dedication.

The Event Team - Jennifer Dotson

Field Staff Employee of the Quarter: John Burk (Los Angeles, CA)

John Burk has been a very valuable member of The Event Team’s field staff through the years. He always steps up when needed and goes the extra mile while working with our Los Angeles DMC on corporate events. Our operations managers can always count on him to be a leader and team player among his field staff peers, as well as a reliable ambassador for The Event Team’s Los Angeles office.

Hotelier of the Quarter: Rachel Strong, Hard Rock Hotel (San Diego, CA)

The Event Team’s DOS Romy Linde goes way back with Rachel in the hospitality industry. Rachel recently brought Romy in to help with a potential incentive tour program in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.  “I love Rachel’s contagious energy and enthusiasm,” said Romy. “She is a true professional and I admire her work ethic. It has been a pleasure to work with Rachel through the years!” Congratulations, Rachel, and thanks for your continued partnership and friendship with The Event Team!

The Event Team - Hard Rock Hotel San Diego Rachel Strong

Vendor of the Quarter: Hike Bike Kayak (La Jolla, CA)

Seems like every group that The Event Team serviced this quarter wanted to spend some time on the water.  We kept our valued partner Hike Bike Kayak quite busydown in La Jolla Shores, and they continually provided great customer service and a great experience for our clients.  Whether it was 8 or 80 guests, each group had a wonderful time exploring the sea caves and our beautiful San Diego coastline.  When working with a valued partner like Hike Bike Kayak, we know that our Southern California clients are in good hands.

The Event Team - San Diego Kayaking Tours

Need More Info?

Want to work with these fine folks for your next Southern California corporate event? Send us your RFP today! Mention the code WINNING315 for discounted rates on your next San Diego tour program (Minimum 30 particpants).

 To contact Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, servicing San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs events:

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Or The Los Angeles Office, servicing Los Angeles and Santa Barbara events:
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking to for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California, Please Call US Toll-Free at
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

5 Oktoberfests In and Around Los Angeles

Even though one wouldn’t know it by the weather, it’s fall in Southern California and with it comes the world’s favorite beer festival, Oktoberfest. Don’t have the time or money to fly to Munich? Don’t worry, Los Angeles folks, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 Oktoberfest Celebrations happening around the city.

Alpine Village

Boasting the longest running Oktoberfest event in Los Angeles, Alpine Village (located in Torrance) has been celebrating their version of the Bavarian festival since 1968. One of Germany’s favorite beer brands, Warsteiner, will be the main libation for the traditionalists, and for those find their palate a little closer to home, fear not, there will be various ciders, craft brews and wines served as well (selection changes every week). In addition to copious amounts of beer, there will be traditional Oom-Pah songs as well as modern Oktoberfest classics sung. Interactive elements are present at the village as well, with the chicken dance commencing every hour and competitions such as Das Boot.

The Event Team - Alpine Village Oktoberfest

LA Oktoberfest

Taking place right off the 405 freeway at The Olympic Collection Banquet and Conference Center, LA Oktoberfest is the place to be for all the west-siders looking to show some Bavarian spirit. Enjoy singing along to old time drinking tunes while guzzling brews served by beautiful beer maidens. Don’t miss entering the stein-holding contest or silent auction!

Oktoberfest at the Fairplex

For those situated East of Los Angeles and beyond, be sure to check out Oktoberfest at the Pomona Fairplex. One needs not look further than the website description, “Bavarian music. Beer.Authentic German Food. Beer. Chicken Dance. Beer. Games and Prizes. Beer.”  There will be multiple music acts such as The Rheinlanders, a traditional German Oom-Pah band, as well Queen, Journey, and Led Zeppelin tribute bands.

 

Old World Oktoberfest

While technically not taking place in Los Angeles proper, this Orange County festival celebrates Oktoberfest like no other (as one would expect from the winners of “Best Bratwurst in California”). Old World has been celebrating since 1977 and is showing no signs of slowing down, offering multiple types of authentic German beer, food, and bands. Don’t forget to visit Kinderfest (Oktoberfest fun for the whole family) at Old World taking place every Sunday in October and the first Sunday of November.

The Event Team - Old World Oktoberfest

Burbank Beer Festival

The Burbank Beer Festival is not akin to the ones being celebrated in Munich, but they do have one very important factor in common: beer. The Burbank Beer Festival will host over 85 beers on tap consisting of local and non-local brews. For those who choose to abstain from, or are not yet old enough to consume, keep an eye out for art vendors, handcrafted products, and the live entertainment performing all day long.

The Event Team - Burbank Beer Festival

 

Throw Your Own Oktoberfest

Not in the Los Angeles/Orange County area this month but interested in adding some Oktoberfest flavor to your next Southern California corporate event? The Event Team can organize a beer festival for your private group, complete with traditional or modern event décor, professional beer connoisseurs and tastings, games, and live music. Contact us today and mention the code OOMPAH for discounts on an Oktoberfest décor package!

The Event Team - Oktoberfest Deocr

The Event Team - Backyard Brewery

To contact Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, servicing San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs events:

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Or The Los Angeles Office, servicing Los Angeles and Santa Barbara events:
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking to for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California, Please Call US Toll-Free at
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

Event Spotlight: Summer Beach Party Checklist

It’s a Saturday afternoon, the sun is out, and you’re hitting the beach with your buddies. Before you head out the door, you run through a mental checklist to make sure you’ve got everything you need for a perfect summer day stretched out on the sand. Towel? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Snacks? Check. Water? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Headphones? Check. That book you can’t seem to finish? Check.

At The Event Team DMC, we also have a checklist for beach days, only our beach days usually involve hundreds of people. The premise is the same: we want to make sure our clients and guests have everything they need to be entertained, fed, comfortable, and happy. Scroll down to read our Summer Beach Party Checklist!

Location

Reserving a private area on a beach is the very first (and most challenging) step. If you want alcohol to be served, expect to jump through a few more hoops. Lucky for our clients, The Event Team absorbs the responsibility of securing permits as part of our destination management duties. Timing is another factor that demands attention. When does the sun go down? When does the tide come up? One of our recent San Diego beach parties was moved from Torrey Pines State Beach to Ponto Beach due to tide schedules. Corporate event planners are great at troubleshooting, but it’s a general rule of thumb in our industry not to mess with Mother Nature.

The Event Team Ponto Beach

Decor

You’re basically throwing a party in a postcard, so there’s no need to go over the top with decor. However, a simple decor package can help shape the mood or theme of your event. Keep it traditional and casual with beach ball centerpieces, surf-board-shaped belly bars, brightly colored linens and folding beach chairs.

The Event Team Decor - Beach Ball Centerpieces

The Event Team Decor - Beach Party Surf Belly Bar

The Event Team Decor - Beach Party Chairs

You can also plan your decor according to other beach-appropriate themes. Here’s a glimpse at a “Shipwrecked” party we organized at Huntington State Beach. Need ideas for themes? Our design team can provide you with a range of creative decor concepts and style sheets!

The Event Team Decor - Pirate Theme Party

The Event Team Decor - Pirate Treasure Centerpiece

Food and Beverage

Our biggest advice is to make sure hot food stays hot, cold food stays cold, and all food steers clear of sand and seagulls. As we mentioned previously, permitting/licensing for alcohol can be tricky, so make sure to tackle that element early in the planning stages. Upgraded F&B elements like s’mores kits, local craft beer-tasting, and even food trucks are always a crowd favorite.

The Event Team - Beach Party Catering

The Event Team - Beach Party Food Truck

Entertainment

Sky’s the limit when it comes to fun and games! The Event Team provides popular beach activities like volleyball, ladder golf, horseshoes, cornhole, etc.

The Event Team - Beach Party Games

The Event Team - Beach Party Horseshoes

For themed events, we can include additional entertainment enhancements. The aforementioned family-friendly “Shipwrecked” beach party incorporated games as well as a Jack Sparrow impersonator and an exotic bird presentation.

The Event Team - Pirate Party Jack Sparrow

The Event Team - Animal Presentation

The Event Team can also organize a small scale or full-fledged teambuilding events to accompany your catered beach affair. Options include drum circles, Navy SEAL Bootcamp, Corporate Castaways, You-Build-It Boats, Super Olympics, and more.

The Event Team - Beach Olympics Teambuilding

Lastly, don’t forget the tunes! We all love the sound of crashing waves, but The Event Team offers many musical accompaniments, ranging from solo DJs to Jack Johnson-style acoustic acts to full beach bands or Polynesian performance troupes.

Convenience

Waste management. Generators. Supplemental Lighting. Comfortable transportation. Portable restrooms. Tenting. While these elements may not be as flashy or exciting as decor and entertainment, they are crucial to attendee experience and event success.

The Event Team Beach Party - Portable Restrooms

The Event Team - Beach Party Tenting

Need More Info?

It’s not too late to squeeze in a SoCal beach bash this year. The Event Team will help you cover everything on the above checklist and then some! Contact us and mention the code BEACHBALL to receive a discounted quote on a beach party for 100 or more guests!

Los Angeles Downtown Skyline at Night with Freeways

3 Tips on Beating Los Angeles Traffic

Ah, Los Angeles traffic – can’t live with it, can’t live… with it. Ask any Angeleno and they will tell you it simply comes with the territory of living in Los Angeles, but with these tips traffic can be a thing of the past!

Los Angeles Downtown Skyline at Night with Freeways

1. Apps

We have the technology! Luckily there are people on this earth that hate traffic just as much as you do and created user friendly software to minimize travel times. Put your phone to work and make that morning commute a bit faster and easier with these traffic applications.

• Beat the Traffic – With live updates on accidents, congestion, and traffic, Beat the Traffic will help you find the fastest route to your destination. So you are not distracted while driving, Beat the Traffic allows you to set up alerts to warn against potential traffic problems.
• Sigalert – Get all your traffic news live with Sigalert.com. Pulling from state and government traffic data, the app reports speed of traffic and construction work among other delays that could affect your commute time.
• Waze – Work with other drivers to find the best routes and report on traffic delays. Waze records data about your trip such as your route and speed (among other information) then shares that data with other drivers using Waze and vice versa. Another feature is that maps are also continuously being updated by the Waze community, providing the most up to date information.

2. Shortcuts

Whoever said taking shortcuts in life will not get you anywhere must not be from Los Angeles. In this city being in the know of what streets and freeways to take and which ones to avoid can make the difference between being on time and watching the minutes tick by while stationary on the giant parking lot that is the 405. Find a detailed list of shortcuts throughout the city here.

3. Public Transportation

Sometimes the best way to dodge traffic is to steer clear of driving in the first place. Okay, probably not what you wanted to hear, but stop and think of all the positives of using public transportation.

• It will save you money. Taking public transport is about four times cheaper than commuting in your personal vehicle.
• It could improve your health. Those who use public transportation get about three times the amount of physical activity every day than those who do not.
• It is less stressful than driving. Instead, listen to music, catch up on the news, or just slow down for a while and take a break from your hectic day.
• It’s good for the environment. It has been shown that public transportation is at least two times as energy efficient as private vehicles. Hooray for going green!

We Can Help, Too!

The Event Team destination management company happens to specialize in Los Angeles group transportation, shuttles, and airport transfers. While we can’t promise a traffic-free experience in L.A., our team is committed to finding the fastest, safest, and smartest route for all of our corporate groups. Contact us to learn more about our transportation services. Mention the code FREEWAY to receive discounted rates on your next group transfer from LAX.