"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."
"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.
Anticipation is swelling over the grand opening of the 349-room Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on Hollywood, Florida's, bustling boardwalk.
"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.
In September, MGM rolled out what it’s promoting as the “highest-performing, next generation wireless LAN in the industry.” All of the hotels are now connected to the $14 million, high-density WiFi system, customizable per group.
"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."
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.
"Combined with Chinese customs and a lot of Macau delights, we can certainly provide groups with an authentic local 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...
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.
Prevue asked George Neary, Director of Cultural Tourism for Greater Miami & the Beaches, for his thoughts about cultural and creative programs and events. Q:...
Darren Green, senior VP of sales for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, discusses LA's downtown renaissance.
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...
Prevue asked Michelle Polci, Director of Catering, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, her thoughts on F&B trends. Q: What trends are you seeing with group banquets? A:...
"At our hotel, guests rarely hear 'no' as an answer."
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."
Local traditions, folklore and a strong culture of wellness and sustainability offer groups numerous opportunities for an authentic Hawaiian experience at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. We recently discussed this and more with Mike Masterson, director of sales/marketing, Maui Metro Market, Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Prevue asked Tammi Runzler, Visit Orlando's Senior VP of Convention Sales & Services, her thoughts on culture and creativity trends for 2011. Q: What are...
Food and wine are becoming more and more important in creating a memorable group experience, says Caesars Entertainment executive Reina Herschdorfer.
Prevue asked Michael Burke, Manager of Conference & Travel Services for The Hanover Insurance Group (and FICP Past President), for his thoughts about cultural...