How will event entertainment change in 2016? We spoke with Kapow’s CEO and VP of Partnerships, Marc Halpin and Nicole Lavin, to glean insights on the entertainment trends they’re seeing.
"At the end of the day, it's not about the money, it's about facilitating conversation and building community."
A Joint Study on Multigenerational Programming by Prevue Meetings & the Incentive Research Foundation.
“Companies should not be comfortable with even 90 percent of respondents agreeing risk is being mitigated properly.”
"We are trending toward cash or credit card stipends to manage incentive program budgets. This way, attendees can enjoy a unique and memorable lunch or dinner in the destination, but a per person stipend helps to control spending."
As one of the fastest growing trends in travel, voluntourism, or social impact travel, has become a viable option for groups seeking immersive, hyperlocal experiences in exotic destinations.
MGM Resorts International Director of Sales Mike Dominguez saw that the sales incentive program that was intended to incentivize his team wasn't working—so he revamped it.
In this InFocus, Prevue had the opportunity to chat with CMM John Cruz, SR. corporate meeting planner, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, North Carolina to learn how planners could add value in conventional and out-of-the-box ways to meetings & incentives.
Visionary Summit attendees learned not to assume anything, including that there will be heat in winter at your hotel in the middle of Morocco's Atlas Mountains.
"A team made up of people of different ages can have combined benefits. For example, the younger generation may have a better command of new technologies and the older generation could have a better understanding of a well-anchored corporate culture.”
Anticipation is swelling over the grand opening of the 349-room Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on Hollywood, Florida's, bustling boardwalk.
With an average of over 18 years of experience, the planners in attendance were highly seasoned and conversations overflowed with shared experiences and advice.
"Starlab isn’t necessarily changing our meetings business, but it is changing the way we have business meetings."
"Competition has made resorts adapt to the luxury concept by raising the bar on their offerings; including entertainment, F&B, service and amenities."
"If our clients feel connected to us and we offer them a committed and caring client experience, their loyalty to us will lead to more referrals."
The newest member of the FICP board shares some of his meeting planning experiences, from ways to save money to top experiences not to be missed by groups.
We spoke to Laura Robles, CMP, director of group sales for Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, about how new innovations are enhancing the experiences of meeting attendees.
Pay particular attention to fish and tropical fruit. These can significantly increase the carbon footprint of your menu.
“Everybody said it was one of the best events we ever did,” says Gorton. “They were awestruck at Universal and couldn’t believe we brought in the sand for the first night’s event. Everybody kept saying we outdid ourselves.”
"Destinations and venues are working in tandem to be more attractive to event organizers to retain and grow group business, which is an important economic driver and often generates more profitable revenue for venues."
El Conquistador is Caribbean's most grand stage.
In this InFocus, Prevue had the opportunity to chat with Cindy Hoddeson, director of meeting/incentives sales, VisitMonaco to learn how planners could add value in conventional and out-of-the-box ways to meetings & incentives. Customized and personalized possibilities include cooking lessons, wine tastings, tennis, sailing, Formula 3 driving experiences and painting classes.
Prevue asked David Manzella, VP of Group Sales & Marketing for Fiesta Americana Grand Meetings Mexico, for his thoughts about cultural and creative programs...
"The center’s architecture is indicative of San Antonio’s personality with a gorgeous limestone exterior, enhanced by public art installations."
With a wide selection of conference venues and 30,000 hotel rooms, Stockholm is equipped for conventions of any size or budget.