December 15, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

With Incentive Programs, It’s Always the Season of Giving

Well, it surely arrived quickly, but holiday season is upon us. As everyone is rushing around to find the perfect items to present to their loved ones, it reminds me of an important aspect of the meetings and incentive programs we see at our AIC Hotel Group properties. Which aspect is that? Attendee gifting.

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December 1, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Employee Retention Is Tougher, but Incentive Travel Drives Performance Regardless of Tenure

We hotel and resort folks are always looking to better understand our meeting and incentive clients so that we can provide them with experiences that strongly impact their people and their organizations.

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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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