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February 18, 2020 Kevin Edmunds

On the Path to Fully Sustainable Events

One of the more interesting things that happens in the week leading up to the Super Bowl—much more interesting than all the pre-game publicity, actually—is the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a pro golf tournament that draws a staggering 700,000 people to the TPC Scottsdale golf course over six days. I think that meeting and incentive […]

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February 4, 2020 Kevin Edmunds

Will Business Travel Get Slammed by Coronavirus?

Well, things can’t always go right. After a few years of really strong business thanks to a good U.S. economy and solid spending on meetings and incentives by companies, it is possible that conferences, reward programs, and other business travel could slow down quite a bit in 2020 because of this new virus that is […]

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January 21, 2020 Kevin Edmunds

Great Vibes from a Gathering of Meeting & Incentive Planners

From January 5-8, more than 3,000 meeting, convention, and incentive planners descended on San Francisco for the Professional Convention Management Association’s annual Convening Leaders conference. Although I did not attend, one of our reps did go—and he says that the level of optimism among the many planners he talked to was very high for their […]

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December 17, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

A Holiday Party with a Lesson: Surprise and Delight Always Wins

When a Maryland real estate company handed out red envelopes to about 200 employees during the annual holiday party on December 7, no one really knew what was coming. Granted, they did know it was a special event compared to prior years—for the first time in company history, St. John Properties flew in all their […]

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December 2, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

2020 Meeting and Incentive Trends We’re Seeing

Somehow, 2019 is almost over and our property teams are gearing up to welcome the 2020 incentive programs and business meetings that will come to our resorts on the eastern and western coasts of Mexico, in the Dominican Republic, and in Miami. Here are a few things we’re hearing from our event clients, according to […]

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November 15, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

As Event Formats Get More Interesting, We’re Following the Trends

I just saw that the Professional Convention Management Association held its Asia-Pacific educational conference last week in Macau, and the 120 attendees got to experience some interesting session set-ups that kept things fresh and interesting. In fact, the event used a single ballroom for all its sessions: the general sessions, breakouts, and even refreshments breaks. […]

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