So it’s about 2:19am here in Atlanta, GA and I’m sitting on the toilet (TMI I know! DEAL WITH IT!) thinking about all the patrons who are caught in the crossfire and confusion of Inferno DR’s cancellation. As many of you know, it was announced yesterday by Inferno DR, that the event had been “postponed” and many only found this out after arriving in the DR yesterday. While no further updates have been provided from the organization as to why, I wanted to share my personal experience and recommendation for those of you who may have decided to continue on with your trip in the DR despite the situation.
First and foremost to those that have chosen to still travel to DR, you are crown jewels! And while it’s really hard to swallow and comprehend that somewhere in somebody’s pocket is your $1100+, you’ve chosen to let the process happen and enjoy your weekend as much as possible. I just want to say that while we all love being around our own kind and being able to congregate with like-minded people, an organization nor promoter is NOT needed to do that!
I know it may seem strange to to hear this from a blogger who’s site name is WhatsTheT.com and focuses a lot on gay pride events and circuit parties but one thing that I learned several years ago is that I have THE ABSOLUTE MOST fun with close friends and small groups of people (Hey Skorpion James, Marcus, Newnue, Chris, Simba, Hershey, etc)! Even when I’m at the biggest of events, my experiences and best highlights of those events comes from the intimate “pre gaming” sessions, the restaurant dinners, and bar hopping I have with THOSE people. Sure there are thousands of people in attendance and hundreds of fine bodies and faces every where I turn. Sure the venues and dance parties are THE T but at the end of that weekend, my pictures, my memories, and my experiences come with the people I came with or met that weekend and the thousands of those that were in attendance become a very faint memory. I look at what promoters like to call “The MEGA party and Superstar” factor as an accessory, and my friends and those smalls groups of people I meet as the NECESSITY!
So if you are debating on still going to the DR and taking the Melia up on their offer of discounted rates for their rooms, I say DO SO! You saved up and you planned for this vacation and you shouldn’t let a promoter dictate the way your vacation should go or end…. EVER! You’ve got the beach, all-inculsive meals and packages, pools, and other people that have decided that they are not going to let their weekend be ruined. Your vacation may turn out to be better than you ever expected!
And to those who may not be able to afford to spit out another load of cash to make the DR weekend still happen, if you’re in or near the city of AtL or actually any major city, go out and meet up with your friends and enjoy yourself. No pressure to attend any clubs if you don’t want to. Most importantly enjoy your vacation because at the end of the day it’s YOUR vacation and Labor Day 2013 will only happen once in your life!
And for anyone in the future that decides to attend an organized LGBT event, don’t be too alarmed by the happenings of Inferno DR. Just plan accordingly and learn from the mistakes. I’ve had the privilege of working with many of the well known respected promoters in the U.S. and I ensure you that you should not let a mishap like Inferno DR represent every LGBT planner there is. If anything, this incident will encourage those promoter to be completely transparent with their customers and go a step above in providing superior customer service for their events.
Check out this video from 2010 provided by YoBoiNewNue and you’ll see exactly what I mean, when I say the memories come from your associates and friends!
- Tron, WhatsTheT.com
P.S. I’ll probably have another rant in a day or so on the value of CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!