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Meeting a Host for the first time

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Codewarrior47, Aug 18, 2013.

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  1. Codewarrior47

    Codewarrior47 Tourist

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    Is it appropriate when meeting a host for the first time, to give them a small gift? Maybe a box of candy or a gift card. Does anyone do that? Is there a rule of thumb?
     
  2. Dancemom

    Dancemom Low-Roller

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    I wish I knew as well. I'm leaving today for my 2nd trip arranged by a host. Last year, she left a card in my room and left me a phone message checking on things but I never did meet her in person. This year I organized the trip a month ago, and when I emailed for confirmation this week got an automated reply saying she would be out of the office until a few days after my trip is over followed by an email from her confirming everything. I was planning on bringing her some BC smoked salmon (picking it up on the way out of town) but now I'm not sure!
     
  3. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    if you're talking about meeting him because he setup your trip for the first time, a gift is a nice touch. but definitely not something edible like a box of candy. they get tons of that crap and there's no way to know if he's on a diet or has allergies or what he likes, etc. a gift card is a nice idea or something else.
     
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    Though I'm a fan of giving my host a gift card 2-3 times a year (I visit monthly), I've been through 4 of 'em of the past 4 years and haven't thought of doing it when I first meet them, because I have yet to develop a relationship with them and they really haven't done much for me at that point. Many on here think gifting a host at anytime is a no-no... I disagree... and while I haven't done it, don't think there's anything wrong with what you suggest.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    first meeting?

    No idea what you will get in return?

    Will you even meet the host?
     
  6. Codewarrior47

    Codewarrior47 Tourist

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    Yes, first meeting.

    No idea (she's a she). Seems very nice

    Never met. Only email.
     
  7. sweetcanadian

    sweetcanadian High-Roller

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    Never ever give someone a gift like that. It would most likely be trashed. Good intentions but how are they to know it comes from a reliable place??

    I would never have a host but i would go with what the others suggest and maybe wait a bit. If you get stuff comped but give it back in gifts then what are you really getting??
     
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    I am in the same situation... Dave Lund at Paris.... has compd me limo up front along with my room... normally get CET rooms compd....

    Just curious as well...
     
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    I've received that BC smoked salmon purchased from the Vancouver airport and its tightly shrink wrapped in very nice sturdy packaging. It also has a very long shelf life (like a couple years literally). I think its a very nice gift because its high quality, doesn't need to be consumed quickly, its healthy, and its a quintessential local item from that region that is probably not readily available in Vegas. It is sold as a popular gift item in Vancouver.
     
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