July 16, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Incentives Now More Critical Than Any Time in the 21st Century

Talk about a rare situation: In May and June, the American economy had more jobs available (6.7 million) than there were unemployed people to fill them (6.4 million). This hasn’t happened since late 1999, according to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But to fully understand the true labor environment, corporate executives must […]

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July 3, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

The Road to Planning 2019’s Events Starts Today

With the second half of 2018 now underway, it’s time to focus on the big and small decisions associated with 2019’s meetings and incentive programs. At the AIC Hotel Group properties in Miami, Dominican Republic and Mexico’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts, our sales and service managers are now ramping up their communication with planners for […]

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June 18, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Meetings Industry Media Outlet Highlights AIC Resort Destinations for Business Events

Smart Meetings magazine goes out to more than 40,000 meeting, convention, incentive and trade-show planners across North America, and its magazine and website do a fine job of covering the important issues that planners face in their work. They also report on recent developments in popular meeting and incentive destinations to show planners the most […]

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June 1, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Lots of Industry Education Available to Planners Right Now

For meeting, convention and incentive planners who want to improve the effectiveness of their event-planning processes, improve the quality of the attendee experience at their events, and improve their own prospects for career advancement, June is always the best month to focus on those objectives. Why? Because Professional Convention Management Association holds its annual Education […]

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May 16, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Golf Can Entertain Attendees – and Build Their Confidence

Well, the world of pro golf has gotten a lot more exciting lately. Tiger Woods has regained his health and is consistently finishing high on the leaderboard each week. Opposing him are young guns such as Jordan Speith, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day; their talent and fierce competitive natures make for entertaining Sunday afternoons for […]

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April 30, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

2019 Meeting & Incentive Costs Have Gotten Tougher to Predict

While the U.S. economy continues to hum along, some inflation signals have emerged that were predictable and which we all know will affect meeting and incentive costs in the coming year. For instance, hotel demand is strong so rates have risen. Second, a strong employment landscape means hotels must pay more to keep good workers, […]

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