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About Hugh Darley


The thing most people remember about Hugh Darley is my high energy and passion for what I do.  I thrive on inspiring clients of all kinds which includes many cruise lines, countries, ports of call, hotels and most importantly creating memorable “guest experiences”, to become the best brand they can be.

I grew up being inspired by Walt Disney and my dream was to become an Imagineer.  And that’s what I did.  My time working at Disney taught me how to tell a story well and I’ve been lucky enough to have many, many incredible story telling experiences along the way.

I have worked on Disney’s Epcot Center, Disneyland Park in California, and with great hospitality brands like Hilton, Mirage Resorts, The Biltmore Estate, NASCAR,  Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  I have been honored to work with creative talents like Michael Jackson, Issac Hayes, LeVar Burton and with Elvis Presley Enterprises and Bob Marley Music Inc.  I had an opportunity to direct design and entertainment for Paramount Parks and the Viacom Brands, MTV and Nickelodeon in North America, and created “Star Trek: The Experience” with the Las Vegas Hilton. I boldly went where many designers have dared to go! We created Historic Falmouth Jamaica with the Port Authority of Jamaica and helped economically improve the Parish of Trelawny forever.   More recently we inspired and designed ports of call in Tortola and in Harvest Caye in Belize.   Adding value to our clients destinations is truly inspirational.

In 1995, I started my own company, IDEA, Inc.  Based out of Orlando, Florida, we built a team of incredible talent that enables my visions to come to life. Our work in the Caribbean has lead to some very innovative projects in the Cruise Industry.  Please take a cruise and enjoy our work! Still based in Orlando Florida we are currently developing private port projects and looking for new clients to inspire.   We live and work form a  beautiful Historic Estate Home known as The Peachtree House (see where we host weddings and special events.

I continue to spend most of my time between Orlando and the many islands of the Caribbean.  I adore the Caribbean life style and travel there as much as I can for work and pleasure.  I am married with two beautiful daughters and I have two politically correct English springer spaniels, George and Cheney.

Walk good and inspire others to dream!

–       Hugh


About My Company

My company IDEA, Inc, International Design and Entertainment Associates, continue to host tropical brainstorming and develop high concept design, storylines and thematic approaches for branded destinations and cruise ports with a focus on the Caribbean.  We have offices in Orlando, London and associate office in Tokyo.

Our most recent Clients and partners include Sandals Resorts International, Peter Hunt Group, Disney Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Grand Bahama Port Authority and the USS Alabama Memorial park and City of Mobile.  We have done extensive strategic tourism planning work for The Port Authority of Jamaica, several Saint Lucian government agencies, The Barbados Tourism Authority, and The Ministry of Tourism for Dutch St. Maarten, The Government of French St. Martin, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines.  In addition we have teamed up with numerous land-side boutique hotel, resort, and shore excursion developers.

Some of the work we are most proudest of includes creative work for Steve Wynn on Treasure Island and with Doug Trumbull for Luxor in Las Vegas, the National Vision Plan for St Lucia and the port of Historic Falmouth, in Jamaica.

Ports of Call and Marinas we’re currently developing include Dock Maarten, Tortuga Haiti, The Dominican Republic and Grand Bahama.  We are also seeking opportunities to publicly speak about the Caribbean and the opportunities for Socio-Economic growth initiatives for the region. 

7 Comments leave one →
  1. anders vestergaard permalink
    May 15, 2011 6:03 pm

    Love the blog Hugh….Talk soon

  2. Vicki Batten permalink
    October 6, 2011 9:27 pm


    Myra, Elizabeth, Mimi and I want to come to Orlando for a tour. Please call me to let me know when you will be back in USA.

    Vicki Batten

  3. Donald Chisholm permalink
    August 22, 2014 4:45 pm

    Hi Hugh Donald Chisholm from Orlando, my daughter and yours use to attend the same school could you contact me please at 407 488 3976 at your convenience.
    Thank you

    • December 13, 2014 4:25 am

      don, just saw your message. I am in Orlando on Monday next week. Please give me a call and i will note to call you as well.

      Best regards and Merry Christmas. Hugh

  4. Donald Chisholm permalink
    August 22, 2014 4:49 pm

    I ma the Director of Engineering for the Plaza complex at Church Ave and Orange Ave

  5. March 11, 2018 6:35 am

    Hi, Old friend, It’s been along time since college. I came across your name and wanted to say “Nice to see your dreams came true!!
    I still have pictures you drew for me! Hope you are well and your family too! Blessings Hugh

    • November 9, 2020 7:15 pm

      Kim sorry I missed this message so long ago. I am not so good at following up on blogs and messages. Its great to hear from you, I trust you and your family are good in these trying times. Would love to reconnect if you’d like to. My email is

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