"At the end of the day, it's not about the money, it's about facilitating conversation and building community."
"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."
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."
"Starlab isn’t necessarily changing our meetings business, but it is changing the way we have business meetings."
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.
"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.
Melissa Van Dyke, president of the Incentive Research Foundation, talks about trends in the incentives market. "As incentive travel finds its legs again in the new economy, the IRF is continuing to track a number of trends. Budgets are stabilizing, and in certain sectors, increasing. Gamification of the entire event experience is growing—our studies show a third of planners now integrate some form of gaming and/or virtual elements into their programs."
"From the bohemian boutique, Isla Mujeres Palace and ultra-luxurious AAA Diamond Le Blanc Spa Resort to our signature property Moon Palace, the largest in Cancun, there’s truly something for every group—no matter the size or needs."
Self-defining experiences are largely shaping attendees' view of luxury. We spoke with Teddy Bouroncle, complex executive chef for the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino to see how the resort is delivering on this trend.
Jörn “Joey” Kleinhans is a Certified Sommelier who creates sommelier-guided wine tasting events for small to large groups across the country.
Prevue asked Tanya Leader, VP of Sales, St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission, for her thoughts on culture and creativity. Q: How does the destination incorporate...
There are many local experiences that Bermuda can offer to large groups.
"This fundamental philosophy [of innovatioon] continues today with the introduction of modern developments and trends—particularly in the area of sustainability and protecting our natural resources."
Prevue asked Marla Hannigan, Sr. Meeting Planner at Mutual of Omaha, FICP Planner Member, her thoughts on the concept of affordable luxury. Q: Is the concept...
Cincinnati is in the midst of an incredible run, with an estimated $2 billion investment flooding into the city's downtown core.
The new luxury, available at a more moderately priced property, still offers a high level of service and guest amenities, yet it is not 'over the top' or under scrutiny by corporate executives, meeting stakeholders and public opinion.
Prevue asked Kim Pickering, Manulife Financial's Manager of Meetings & Conference Mgmt, her thoughts on sustainability trends for 2011. Q: What are the latest trends...
The trade show is undergoing a complete overhaul to become a leaner, more tightly curated buyer/supplier experience.
Prevue asked Amy Allen, Director of Sales & Marketing for Caesars Entertainment, for her thoughts on Green Meetings trends. Q: Is there a growing demand...
"So many people work virtually at different hours, but you can complete [the OMU curriculum] wherever you want."
Prevue asked John Reyes, San Francisco Travel Association's EVP & Chief Customer Officer, Convention Sales & Services, his thoughts on the concept of affordable luxury. Q:...
We spoke with FICP members Lynn Lee and Melanie Stevens, both global sales directors for AlliedPRA, about the direction incentive experiences are taking for 2017.