November 5, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Largest-Ever Incentive Buyers’ Survey Reveals Trends and Useful Insights

Earlier this year, the three organizations most deeply involved in the incentive-travel industry (SITE Foundation, Incentive Research Foundation, and Financial and Insurance Conference Planners) pooled their resources to have J.D. Power conduct research among 1,000 incentive-travel buyers. The results have just been released, so we now have detailed intelligence about the incentive buyer’s environment as […]

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October 23, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Attending the IMEX America Show: Exhausting Yet Energizing

Okay, so I’m posting this blog a bit late because last week was a blur. Why? Well, along with more than 13,000 other buyers and suppliers in the meeting, convention and incentive business, I attended the eighth annual IMEX America conference and exhibition in Las Vegas. My show experience consisted of three days of meeting […]

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October 2, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Peer-to-Peer Conversations at Meetings: Powerful, Inspiring and Productive

While most meetings have an agenda that includes a lot of learning that comes from above–either from management or from outside topic experts–some of the most powerful learning and bonding experiences happen when colleagues are given time to sit among themselves and talk about topics of their own choosing. I recently read an article about […]

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September 18, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

The Wide Window of Opportunity for Tropical Meetings & Incentives

Among those of us here at AIC Hotel Group who work with group clients, we tend to get just a little more excited for the October to April season, because that’s when so many business groups come to our properties in Miami, Dominican Republic, and on the eastern and western coasts of Mexico. But as […]

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September 6, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Mexico and the Caribbean: Where North and South American Attendees Can Meet Halfway

This week, a new meetings-industry event called IBTM Americas takes place in Mexico City, featuring not only educational sessions for event planners but also exhibits hosted by various destinations that want group business from corporations and associations throughout North and South America. What I love most about an event like this is that it highlights […]

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August 16, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Legendary Singer Aretha Franklin Proved How Music Can Move People

Time seems to go by so quickly that I was quite surprised to learn that Aretha Franklin was 76 years old when she passed away this week. But one of the many fascinating aspects of music is that whenever we hear a song from someone like Aretha, we always see that artist in our minds […]

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