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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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September 23, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

AIC Hotel Group at the IMEX America Show: Rocking and Rolling

After three full days of engaging hundreds of corporate event planners on the show floor at IMEX America in Las Vegas from September 10-12, I can say that I slept well when I returned home. Not only because I surely needed the sleep, but also because my team and I were able to tell so […]

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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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