February 21, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Airlift to Mexico is Plentiful and Convenient—and Keeps Getting Better

When meeting and incentive planners are researching different international destinations that could possibly host their groups, among their first and foremost considerations is airlift. Even on itineraries as long as seven, eight or ten days, attendees simply have no appetite for scheduling inconvenience. This inconvenience could come in the form of not enough options each day to the international destination, or in the form of long layovers at domestic hubs while waiting for that international flight.

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February 1, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Golf at Meeting and Incentive Programs: Year-Round Fun for Everyone

Unlike all the other major sports, the start of the professional golf season coincides with the start of the new year. The men’s pro tour goes to Hawaii for a few weeks in January, while the women’s pro tour starts in the Bahamas around the same time.

What these two pro tours have in common is their use of warm winter destinations to kick off their seasons. Interestingly, the four properties in the Hard Rock Hotels All-Inclusive Collection also serve as the setting for a lot of winter golf by meeting and incentive participants, who look forward to the opportunity months in advance. Even better, group use of golf activities at Hard Rock Hotels All Inclusive Collection doesn’t even require that attendees know how to play the game.

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January 20, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Active Pursuits Make Meetings and Incentives Unforgettable

For those who plan meetings and incentive programs, there is no ignoring the fact that the demographic of their groups is changing with each passing day. The Millennial Generation—90 million strong compared to just 70 million Boomers—is advancing through the corporate ranks, and these younger workers desire experiences that older workers would not even have heard of in their younger days.

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January 3, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

New Video: A Two-Minute Introduction to Group Events at Hard Rock Hotels All-Inclusive Collection

While we always want to get meeting and incentive planners to take a familiarization trip to one of our four all-inclusive properties across Mexico and the Dominican Republic, we understand that it’s not always possible. So to give planners a detailed view of how our properties look and feel for meetings and incentives, we recently created a short video you can view on the meetings page of each Hotel’s website (;;;

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December 14, 2016 Kevin V Edmunds

Are Changes Coming to the Caribbean Travel Scene?

President Barack Obama’s outreach towards Cuba in the past few years, coupled with the recent passing of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has a lot of people in the travel industry talking about Cuba as a leisure travel destination, and perhaps a business travel destination, for Americans in the near future.

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November 28, 2016 Kevin V Edmunds

Important Takeaways from the Latest Meetings and Events Forecast

A few weeks back, American Express released its 2017 Global Meetings and Events Forecast, based on

extensive surveying in Q3 2016 of corporate meeting planners from businesses around the world. As I

read through the report, there was one survey result from planners located in North America that

caught my eye: When they must cut back on one element of a meeting to stay within their mostly-flat

2017 budgets (while business-hotel and resort guest-room rates will likely climb about 3 percent), those

planners most often choose to eliminate an off-site evening event.

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