By Angye Fox (http://www.foxxxyforum.com)
International Swingers Day: August 8-12, 2012
Caliente Caribe in the Dominican Republic was the host resort for the International Swingers Day Convention August 8-12, 2012.
The convention was a collection of who’s who in the lifestyle industry ranging from swing club owners to swinger websites to adult travel agencies. Organized by Mari Negron-Lotito and Brian & Olga Depenbrock from SwingLifeStyle and Joe & Shelley Giantonio from Topless Travel, the ISD convention attracted 148 business owners from throughout the United States.
“International Swingers Day began as a way to celebrate the lifestyle and for like minded business owners to share their ideas,” explains Brian Depenbrock. “We expect the convention to grow year after year. In 2013, we have taken over 1,000 rooms at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas for our biggest convention yet. We are calling it Vegas Exchange” August 7-11, 2013 www.VegasExchange.com.
ISD 2012 Convention attendees participated in a variety of seminars including:
The Golden Age of Swinging – Legacies to Base Success Upon presented Robert McGinley, PhD- President, The Lifestyle Organization.
Lifestyle Groups & Law Enforcement presented by Leigha Fleming, President of National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)
How to Get Found Online presented by Brian Depenbrock, SwingLifeStyle
How Club Owners Can Increase Profits With Little Effort presented by Joe Giantonio, Topless Travel
Marketing & Sales Ethics presented by Bob Hannaford, French Connection Events
Protecting Your Business and Guests presented by Dale Montpelier, Montpelier Law Group
Swinging 101 presented by Angye Fox & Gary Booth from Dream Pleasure Tours
Romancing the Newbies presented by Little Allen, GM Trapeze Fort Lauderdale
The Ins and Outs of Operating a Swingers Club presented by Al Woods, The Social Club
A Lifestyle Business is Like Any Other presented by Scott Streit, The Velvet Curtain
Protecting Yourself Legally presented by Leigha Fleming, President of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
Using Social Media to Monetize Your Business presented by Angye Fox from Dream Pleasure Tours
BDSM 101 presented by Leigha Fleming, NCSF
Lifestyle Groups/Events and Zoning Issues presented by Leigha Fleming, NCSF
How Cruising Can Help Grow Your Business presented by Wayne Kraushar, Couples Cruise
Broadcasting live from the convention was the FoXXXy Forum Lifestyle Talk Show with host Angye Fox. The FoXXXy Forum guests included Brian and Tangerine from the Swing Train, Dr. Robert McGinley, the founding “grandfather” of the swing lifestyle, and Steven Dorsey, COO of Caliente Resorts.
Nightly themes set the mood. Wednesday evening kicked it off with an Island Luau & Beach Party sponsored by Trapeze. Thursday was the elegant White Party sponsored by Tangerine’s Dream. Friday was Pirates of Caribe sponsored by SwingLifestyle and Saturday night was Carnval sponsored by Vegas Exchange 2013. Club Colette, the onpremise swing club at Caliente Caribe, was high-energy with a DJ, pole dancing, bar, outside hot tub under the stars and a sexually charged environment.
“ISD 2012 was many months in the planning, ” explains Mari Negron-Lotito, “It was incredible to see it all come together. We are using the experiences we have learned from this year’s convention to make next year’s event even better. See you at Vegas Exchange 2013!”