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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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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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