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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September 15, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Hurricane Irma Update: AIC Hotel Group is Back to Business as Usual

For those of us in the resort and tourism business, early September was a challenging time thanks to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Several destinations in Texas that cater heavily to meeting groups endured significant flooding during Harvey and will need some time to get their properties back to regular operating condition. And with Irma, many spots in the Caribbean where meetings and incentive programs are popular took a strong hit and therefore might have to restrict their operations for much of the high season in late 2017 and early 2018.

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August 29, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Making a Difference: The Meetings Industry’s Contributions to Local Communities

As I write this, the city of Houston and its suburbs are still enduring monstrous rain storms from Hurricane Harvey; those places are flooding in a way that residents have not seen in their lifetimes. The flow of people with no personal belongings shuffling into temporary shelters is heartbreaking to see on television.

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August 16, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

What’s the Strongest Currency Used by Planners and Hotels? Trust

A new survey conducted by The Values Institute in conjunction with California State University Fullerton found that, of seven key industries studied, two industries clearly stood out in terms of how trustworthy their brands are among consumers: electronics and hotels.

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July 31, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

A Rising Incentive Trend: Combining Cruises with High-End Hotel Stays

As more and more companies use four-night or five-night cruises as rewards for top performers, it’s important that incentive-trip planners properly handle every aspect of the itinerary so that participants have no hassles that will diminish their experience. Specifically, the hours before incentive winners get on the ship, and the hours after they come off the ship, are very important for ensuring a top-notch experience for participants.

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