"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."
"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."
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.
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.
"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.
The trade show is undergoing a complete overhaul to become a leaner, more tightly curated buyer/supplier experience.
Prevue asked Bill Sherry, CEO of Team San Jose, for his thoughts on Green Meetings trends. Q: Is there a growing demand from planners for...
See how Fiesta Americana is helping attendees connect to the destination in creative and meaningful ways.
"There are people who want to destroy themselves, and they should have an opportunity as well."
"The new series is advantageous for corporate groups who might want to take advantage of this programming as each retreat is complete with teambuilding exercises, interactive workshops and group workouts that offer a quick and beneficial break from business."
"It’s one thing for a hotelier to come out and talk about something, but it's quite another when you have a peer in your own industry talking to you about what they did that was so successful, and giving you step-by-step reasons why."
Paul Astleford, president/CEO of Visit Jacksonville tells Prevue how meeting planners are adding value to meetings & incentives.
Prevue asked Briget Nelson, CMP/CMM, Director of Meetings & Event Marketing, NFP, FICP Planner Member, her thoughts on F&B trends. Q: How important is it...
We spoke with John Iannini of Melia Hotels International to see how the brand is helping to facilitate innovative meetings, incentives and events. Here's what he had to say.
"Miami offers planners a wide selection of cultural venues to help maximize guest experience."
Prevue asked Jaoa H. Rodrigues, Macau Government Tourism Office, Media & Marketing Manager, his thoughts on culture and creativity trends for 2011. Q: What are...
Montage Hotels & Resorts took over management of the newly named The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort this month, located 20 minutes from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Work is beginning on 150 new luxury rooms to join the existing 50 cottages and cottage suites, with expected completion in summer of 2016.
Prevue asked Steve Genovesi, Sr VP of Sales for Austin CVB, for his thoughts about cultural and creative programs and events. Q: How does Austin...
Darren Green, senior VP of sales for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, discusses LA's downtown renaissance.
Cheryl Hatcher, director of marketing and events for Visit Florida, knows just how planners are adding value to meetings & incentives.
"The Link really struck a chord and now more than 50% of guests use the space during their stay—that’s more than eat breakfast, use the gym or visit the bar."