February 1, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Let’s Partner in the Effort to Create Fully Sustainable Events

2019 is shaping up to be the year when the meetings and events industry gets a firm handle on what it means to be fully sustainable. That’s because in January, the Events Industry Council (EIC), comprising more than 30 member organizations within the meetings and events business, unveiled four principles designed to guide and motivate […]

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January 14, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Starting Off 2019 with Fresh Event Ideas

While I love attending the IMEX America Show in Las Vegas each October, it’s tough for me to find the time to get to other educational conferences aimed at meeting, convention, trade show, and incentive-program planners. However, some of my colleagues will attend various industry shows, and then I get to pick their brains about […]

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December 28, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

In 2019, Experiences Will Be the Most Desired Employee Gift

As a new year comes upon us, it’s a good time for each of us to step back and take in the big-picture perspective: What did each of us accomplish this year? What interesting experiences did we have? And what do we want to accomplish and experience in the coming year? What’s more, as we […]

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December 4, 2018 aichotelgroup

New Stats Show Incentive Travel’s Value Is Greater than Ever

There have been many studies done over the years showing that the perceived value of incentive travel programs to eligible employees—not just the employees who earn the travel award—is noticeably greater than what the program actually costs per employee. In other words, if you simply gave each winner an amount of cash equal to the […]

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November 19, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Corporate Social Responsibility Activities Bring Big Benefits

With all the interest in corporate social responsibility we have seen among our meeting and incentive clients recently, I wanted to learn a bit more about how CSR activities bring benefits not only to the community where they are performed, but also to the organization whose employees engage in a CSR activity. Fortunately, I did […]

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November 5, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Largest-Ever Incentive Buyers’ Survey Reveals Trends and Useful Insights

Earlier this year, the three organizations most deeply involved in the incentive-travel industry (SITE Foundation, Incentive Research Foundation, and Financial and Insurance Conference Planners) pooled their resources to have J.D. Power conduct research among 1,000 incentive-travel buyers. The results have just been released, so we now have detailed intelligence about the incentive buyer’s environment as […]

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