At the New York event, meeting planners were given Teneo tote bags to fill. Then, they visited each of the 58 tables where they connected with a hotelier or destination management company (DMC) who added an item to each bag. Each tote bag contained 58 items that could be useful to the homeless, including socks, dental floss, eye drops, hand cream, feminine products, toothbrushes, umbrellas, blankets, Band-Aids, snacks and a number of other necessity items. Over 160 bags were filled and donated to the NYC Rescue Mission.
Teneo developed the innovative program last year as a key part of its business model. "Our business is built on developing strong relationships between meeting planners and the hotels and DMC members who serve them," says Teneo President Mike Schugt. "Our charitable outreach utilizes these interactive gatherings to give back by supporting the organizations servicing the homeless in their city." He also noted that the problem of homelessness continues to grow, affecting a broad spectrum of the population, including families, women, children, veterans and those suffering from substance abuse and mental illness.
Since launching the program last year, Teneo has hosted nine events in various US cities, plus the company's annual Summit in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Teneo chooses a different charitable focus each year. In 2016, the company's outreach benefited at risk children in numerous US cities. Charities included Covenant House, Special Olympics and several local shelters and clothing programs for children in need. Participants filled backpacks with school supplies, toiletries and sneakers.
The innovative charitable aspect of the evening was new to many and greeted with appreciation. Noted Tiru Irani, president of Far Horizons, a luxury group travel company, "It was very thoughtful of Teneo to include the charity component to this event. I was touched and very impressed by this kind gesture."
Teneo Hospitality Group is the premier independent Global Group Sales Organization for the finest collection of over 300 independent and small branded hotels, resorts and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) serving the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry. Our global team is based in key geographic source markets and is an extension of its members' local and regional sales teams. We have wide-ranging knowledge of the hospitality industry and serve the meeting planning community by providing valuable expertise and acting as trusted advisors.
Teneo is a Latin word meaning to know, understand and persevere. This term represents the company's mission and its successful track record of global expansion. Since being established in 2013, Teneo has become a top-notch independent GSO. The company continues to expand its staff of hospitality sales and marketing professionals, and the services it provides the MICE marketplace as authorized by its members. www.teneohg.com