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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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July 19, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Is Employee Retention Dead? Not if You Focus on the Right Things

I recently received a press release for a new business book, and the title of the release really caught my attention. It was this: “Employee Retention is Dead. Embrace the Work Cycle.” Now, for someone who is in the business of helping companies host incentive programs with the specific objective to retain top employees, that […]

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July 3, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Want to Know How Incentive Programs Make Companies Perform Better?

In a recently released study, the Incentive Research Federation has focused exclusively on the technology sector: What is it that high-performing tech companies do differently than average-performing tech companies when it comes to rewarding and recognizing their employees? After looking at revenue growth, stock price gains, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and other metrics, the IRF sorted […]

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June 11, 2019 aichotelgroup

PCMA’s Meeting/Incentive Planner Salary Survey Tells an Interesting Story

In late May, Professional Convention Management Association released its 2019 salary survey of more than 550 meeting and incentive-program planners. Some of the more interesting results include: Seven out of ten planners are satisfied with their jobs, and eight out of ten are happy the with being in the meetings and events industry. 72% of […]

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