IRF, Incentive Research Foundation

Experiences and Personalization Drive Merchandise & Gift Card Trends

Today’s incentive winners are inspired by memorable experiences and personalized merchandise, according to a new report from the Incentive Research Foundation. The IRF found...

Q&A: Luxury Redefined by Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades

Luxury has an ever-evolving definition in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades.
The Mansion, meetings

Inside The Mansion at MGM Grand Las Vegas

When the Los Angeles Lakers come to town, he told me, Kobe gets to stay there. Just him, not the whole team.
noni, Puerto Rico, Vieques

Spa Treatments Take Their Inspiration from Local Ingredients

The trend toward incorporating locally grown herbs, fruits and other ingredients into spa treatments is making its way into many luxury resorts.
Camelback Adventures, glamping, corporate event planning

Camping Goes Glam in the Sonoran Desert

Cooking over the campfire is an art that the chef and his team have mastered over the years, which is reflected in the regionally sourced menu.
Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga Ranch Meetings Emphasize Luxury

Upon arrival, all attendees are greeted with a glass of the ranch’s chardonnay, as well as a complimentary bottle of it in each of the 50 guest rooms (or lodges).
Iceland, meetings and incentives, meeting planning

Check Out CNN’s Top Travel Destination for 2016

Hyperlocal experiences in extreme and exclusive lands are high on the agenda for 2016.

One Resort Sets Green Standards Throughout the Dominican Republic

Forty years ago, today’s concept of sustainable development did not yet exist, but this didn’t stop the Puntacana Resort & Club from building a reserve that is considered a model for sustainability by today’s standards.

Tiptoe Through the Orchids & Other Quito To-Dos

Settling into the local life has become a sought-after luxury for attendees, and Norma Bock, meeting industry director for the Quito Tourism Board, says this culturally rich destination in the Andes is happy to deliver.
Four Seasons, meeting

Four Seasons Formalizes Buyouts

A new web site breaks down each property according to which category it falls under, exclusives or buyouts (or both), as well as other criteria.
groups visiting Branson

3 Magical Experiences for Groups Visiting Branson’s Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge offers a magical experience to groups by redefining the very 'nature' of luxury.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun Ups the Ante on the Usual All-Inclusive Experience

The recently opened 547-suite Hyatt Ziva Cancun ups the ante on the all-inclusive experience.
The Driskill

Hyatt’s New Unbound Collection Brand Tells a Story

“What really excites us about The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is that this portfolio provides rich social currency through story-worthy, shareable experiences that guests will take with them long after their stay.”
Sheraton Warsaw, Starwood

Starwood Shares 5-Year Vision: Sheraton 2020

Expect more than 150 new Sheraton hotels worldwide coming online by 2020, including a top-tier offering to be known as Sheraton Grand.
Casa Palopo

3 Over-the-Top Corporate Retreats to Impress Execs

A certified truffle hunter and his shaggy dog can lead the group on a truffle hunt throughout the grounds.

Wanna Rent an Island for Your Event? You Can in Sweden

Sweden’s archipelagos are so diverse and plentiful that you can actually rent an island for your event, and many planners do.

A Green Carpet Rolls Out to Meet Vancouver Attendees

Forget the red carpet. A green carpet rolls out to meet Vancouver attendees.

1 Hotels South Beach is ‘Design by Nature’

“Luxury is not derived from extravagance, but from recognizing the simple, abundant natural beauty that surrounds us.”

Incentive Groups Visiting India Travel Off the Beaten Path

Activities such as houseboating and Ayurvedic spa treatments immerse attendees in the culture of this special region of India.
Nashville, JW Marriott

Nashville’s Hotel Scene Sizzles

The new lifestyle hotel brand by billionaire British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson will make Nashville the site of its third property, the Virgin Hotel Nashville, on Music Row.
Hong Kong Groups Custom Tailored Shirt

Hong Kong Groups Get a Tailor-Made Experience

Groups visiting the city famed for bespoke tailoring can have a custom-fitted garment made by one of 40 tailors accredited by tourism officials.
North Lake Tahoe, meeting planning, corporate meeting planning

Top Picks: Jason Neary of the North Lake Tahoe CVB

Jason Neary, director of Sales for the North Lake Tahoe CVB, gives his top picks to groups and individuals with a couple of hour's downtime in between meetings and events.
Regent Seven Seas Explorer, meeting

On Board the Regent Seven Seas Explorer

The Regent Seven Seas Explorer is a painstakingly curated collection of all things beautiful.

Nose-to-Nose Meetings Surpass ‘Business As Usual’ in New Zealand

This is the norm for New Zealand business events: a sense of place and authenticity that “entices people to do things beyond the conferences they are here for,” explains Tourism New Zealand’s Director of Trade and Major Events, Rene de Monchy.
Sweden

Natural & Man-Made Marvels Reveal Ingenuity of Art & Ice in Sweden

"We make something out of frozen water, and after a few months, it melts back to its former state, rejoining the river from where it came.”

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