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The name change to Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals mirrors a similar name change several years ago by MPI, from Meeting Planners International to Meeting Professionals International.
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners has five live events a year focused on industry-specific education.
The meetings industry's major convention, IMEX 2016 attracted 3,250 exhibiting companies and 3,216 hosted buyers from 60 countries.
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.
The final evening event took the Country Music theme to the highest level with a super-friendly and energetic live performance by Phil Vassar.
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.
"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."
"In Hawaiian, 'makai' means 'toward the sea.' It is also a new hotel-within-a-hotel concept we created for those seeking an exclusive, intimate stay."
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...
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.
"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."
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.
Prevue asked Jana Stern, ING Financial Services' Director of Conventions & Conference Planning and FICP Board Member, her thoughts on the trends revolving around incentive programs.
Prevue asked Lynne Schueler, The Principal Financial Group’s Assistant Director, Supplier Relations & Development, her thoughts on the evolution of value. Q: How are you...
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...