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October 21, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

How to Make Your Meetings & Incentives Recession-Proof

Well, a few cracks are starting to show in the American economy after nearly a decade-long run of prosperity. Retail spending is slowing a bit, and U.S. manufacturing output shrunk for the third straight month—something that has not happened since the Great Recession of 2009. As a result, some manufacturing companies are already scaling back […]

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October 1, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

This Year, Hurricanes Aren’t Going to Stop Incentive Season

As a hotelier, I sometimes get frustrated when I read news websites or watch national news on TV and the hospitality industry is the victim of incorrect reporting. The latest example: After Hurricane Dorian came through the Caribbean last month, all the headlines and on-the-ground reporting made it look like the Bahamas were completely destroyed. […]

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September 23, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

AIC Hotel Group at the IMEX America Show: Rocking and Rolling

After three full days of engaging hundreds of corporate event planners on the show floor at IMEX America in Las Vegas from September 10-12, I can say that I slept well when I returned home. Not only because I surely needed the sleep, but also because my team and I were able to tell so […]

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September 3, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

The Top Meetings & Incentives Show Is Here—and We’re There!

From September 10-12, nearly 14,000 meeting and incentive planners, hoteliers, destination executives, and technology providers will come together in Las Vegas for IMEX, the largest business-events show in North America and rivaled globally only by the IBTM World show in Barcelona each November. IMEX is an event that I put in bold letters in my […]

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August 20, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Incentive-Travel Awards vs. Cash: There’s Simply No Comparison

In early August, an article came out in the Wall Street Journal saying that Charles Schwab Corp. was changing its incentive program, replacing all-expenses-paid trips for qualifiers and their guests with a straight cash award. The company said that the move would “reduce reputational risks” and might also save the company money. In response to The […]

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August 6, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Themed Event Setups Make for Fun and Memorable Sessions

As my team and I work with meeting and incentive groups coming to AIC Hotel Group properties in eastern and western Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Miami, one fun aspect is helping those planners bring to life relevant and fun themes for their event spaces. Obviously, our properties’ tropical locations lend themselves to beach- and tiki-related […]

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