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.
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.
“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."
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.
"Starlab isn’t necessarily changing our meetings business, but it is changing the way we have business meetings."
With an average of over 18 years of experience, the planners in attendance were highly seasoned and conversations overflowed with shared experiences and advice.
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.
Anticipation is swelling over the grand opening of the 349-room Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on Hollywood, Florida's, bustling boardwalk.
"Competition has made resorts adapt to the luxury concept by raising the bar on their offerings; including entertainment, F&B, service and amenities."
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.”
“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."
Pay particular attention to fish and tropical fruit. These can significantly increase the carbon footprint of your menu.
"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.
“I think what’s great about the hotels in Hartford is how accommodating they are to really allow a group like ours to brand itself in the community so that our brand was pretty much visible everywhere you went from the minute you checked in at the hotel."
Tech companies continue to raise the meetings and events industry bar, with DJs spinning contemporary beats, eclectic venues providing artsy backdrops and artisanal F&B menus becoming industry standard now. The Tableau Software event in Seattle last May was no exception.
Our MICE team ensures that meetings and events go off without a hitch. Everything from meeting logistics to show ticket booking, offsite venue tours and transportation arrangements are handled by this experienced team.
Chris Ingram of Business Events Australia shares how innovation is driving Australia events.
On Florida’s Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades, pristine natural beauty blends with life’s finest luxuries, providing a meeting location unlike...