SPIN, meeting, Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort

SPIN Drops Dues During “Year of the Member”

"At the end of the day, it's not about the money, it's about facilitating conversation and building community."
Kathy Roche

Kathy Roche on Luxury, Value and Other Incentive Trends

"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."

Culinary Q&A: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Anticipation is swelling over the grand opening of the 349-room Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on Hollywood, Florida's, bustling boardwalk.
John Cruz Blue Cross Blue Shield

John Cruz of Blue Cross & Blue Shield Talks Value

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.
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Starwood’s New Starlab Encourages Brand Innovation

"Starlab isn’t necessarily changing our meetings business, but it is changing the way we have business meetings."
Le Blanc Spa Resort

Luxury Takes the Form of All-Inclusive at Palace Resorts

"Competition has made resorts adapt to the luxury concept by raising the bar on their offerings; including entertainment, F&B, service and amenities."
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Laura Robles

Q&A: Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun

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.

Caryn Taylor Lucia On Innovation and Engagement

"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."
Joe Scully, John Hancock, FICP

Q&A: John Hancock’s Joseph Scully Joins FICP Board

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.
Casimiro Ramirez, sr. director of group sales, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort

Fiesta Americana’s Casimiro Ramirez Talks Value

In this InFocus, Prevue had the opportunity to chat with Casimiro Ramirez, sr. director of group sales, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa to learn how planners could add value in conventional and out-of-the-box ways to meetings & incentives.

Q&A with Minister Wayne Furbert, Bermuda

Prevue asked Wayne Furbert Minister of Business Development & Tourism for Bermuda, for his thoughts about cultural and creative programs and events. Q: Are there...
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Sustainability Q+A 2011: Manulife Financial

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...

Q&A: Elevating the Human Component of Meetings & Events

We interviewed Cosimo Bruzzese, VP of business development for Briggs, Inc. to see how they are enhancing the human component of meetings and events.
InFocus Q&A Julie Holmen FICP

InFocus Q&A: Making F&B Memorable

Upscale food & beverage events are within reach even of the budget-conscious, says Julie Holmen, a member of the FICP Hospitality Partner Advisory Council and director...
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Green Meetings Q&A 2012 with Team San Jose

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...

Meetings in Los Angeles: A Chat with Bryan Churchill

In this InFocus Q&A with Prevue, the vice president of hotel sales for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board shares thoughts about meetings in Los Angeles. "One of the ways the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board maximizes the planner’s return on investment is by employing a team of specialists who are the experts in each region of L.A. County."

In Focus Q&A: Hyperlocal Experiences for Groups at Sheraton Macao

"Combined with Chinese customs and a lot of Macau delights, we can certainly provide groups with an authentic local experience."
Pool at the Tropicana Las Vegas

Incentive Q+A 2012: Tropicana Las Vegas

Prevue asked Joni Peru, Vice President of Sales for Tropicana Las Vegas, for her thoughts on the concept of affordable luxury. Q:  How do...

FICP Members Speak to 2017 Incentive Trends

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.
Reina Herschdorfer

InFocus Q&A: How Caesars Entertainment Feeds the ‘Wow’ Factor

Food and wine are becoming more and more important in creating a memorable group experience, says Caesars Entertainment executive Reina Herschdorfer.

Q&A with Steve Genovesi, Austin CVB

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...
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Celebrity A-Listers Give Wind to Autograph Collection’s Individualist Campaign

Sensitivity toward art and design have always been defining features of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. A recent partnership with the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors...
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An Alternative View on Marriott’s Cut in Commissions

Kemp Gallineau, CEO of Groups360, weighs in on the Marriott announcement, addressingwhy it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
MICE Event, Sheraton Macao Hotel, corporate event planning

Q&A: How Sheraton Macao Hotel Streamlines Event Planning

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.
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F&B Trends InFocus 2012: FICP

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...

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