November 15, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Winter Fun Includes Great Golf Experiences—Even for Nongolfers

In North America, the golf season has just about come to an end. Even the professional golf tours are wrapping up their seasons: The senior professional tour held its championship event in Phoenix in early November, while the PGA Tour held one of its final events of 2017 last week in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
In fact, that event was held just a few miles from the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya’s highly regarded course, built by famed architect Robert von Hagge in the scenic Quintana Roo area. Our course is quiet, heavily wooded and teeming with exotic birds, yet close enough to central Cancun to allow guests of Hard Rock Hotel Cancun to enjoy a day of golf too.

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November 1, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

2018 Meetings and Incentives Forecast: Sunny and Hot!

Each year, American Express’ Global Business Travel division puts out a comprehensive Global Meetings & Events Forecast for the following year so that planners and hoteliers alike can benchmark their own business activity against the industry averages and trends. The 2018 report was released by American Express in late October, and there is some really positive industry data in it. In fact, the word “thriving” is used in the very first sentence of the report to describe the state of the meetings and event market.

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October 23, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Introducing Nobu Hotel Los Cabos to IMEX America Attendees—and You

Well, after spending three full days in Las Vegas with more than 3,000 meeting, convention and incentive buyers during mid-October’s IMEX America event, I was ready for a day of rest. Fortunately, I was able to sleep a bit late on the weekend following the show. Now that I’m fully rested, I’m ready to tell you the same great news that I told the countless meeting and incentive planners I mingled with at IMEX: Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, the seventh property that’s part of our collection, is well on its way to completion and a mid-2018 grand opening.

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October 2, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Here Comes IMEX America in Las Vegas – See You There?

I must admit that I get pretty excited in the weeks leading up to the IMEX America conference and trade show held each October at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The reason for my enthusiasm is that I get to converse with literally hundreds of meeting, convention and incentive-program buyers about what […]

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September 15, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Hurricane Irma Update: AIC Hotel Group is Back to Business as Usual

For those of us in the resort and tourism business, early September was a challenging time thanks to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Several destinations in Texas that cater heavily to meeting groups endured significant flooding during Harvey and will need some time to get their properties back to regular operating condition. And with Irma, many spots in the Caribbean where meetings and incentive programs are popular took a strong hit and therefore might have to restrict their operations for much of the high season in late 2017 and early 2018.

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August 29, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Making a Difference: The Meetings Industry’s Contributions to Local Communities

As I write this, the city of Houston and its suburbs are still enduring monstrous rain storms from Hurricane Harvey; those places are flooding in a way that residents have not seen in their lifetimes. The flow of people with no personal belongings shuffling into temporary shelters is heartbreaking to see on television.

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