February 27, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Beach Olympics, Zip-lining and Other Active Fun Adds to Incentives

Although February is a pretty cold month for much of the country, we do have the Super Bowl and the Olympics to keep us entertained. And as I watch those competitions with family and friends, I’m reminded of the interesting activities that all-inclusive Hard Rock hotels offer the many incentive programs that are coming to our properties […]

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February 27, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Music Makes Meetings and Incentives More Fun and More Memorable

From the more than 2,500 people who just returned from Professional Convention Management Association’s annual conference in mid-January, many of their reviews of the event had a very interesting common element. They said that there seemed to be more energy at this conference than at other conferences they had attended in the past. One big […]

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January 17, 2018 Kevin Edmunds

Great New Technology for Business Events at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

As meeting and incentive planners, I’m sure you know the awful feeling that likely came over the organizers of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in mid-January, when their massive show floor experienced a two-hour blackout. One of the large electrical transformers inside the Las Vegas Convention Center developed condensation on its surface because of heavy rain that day, temporarily disabling the transformer.

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January 3, 2018 Kevin V Edmunds

With Food and Beverage Costs Soaring, All-Inclusive Plans Are Better Value Than Ever

To say that 2017 was a strong year for hotels and resorts is an understatement. Fueled by year-over-year growth across all revenue departments, total profit figures at full-service U.S. hotels peaked in the fourth quarter of 2017 at about $120 per available room, according to a poll by industry research firm HotStats. That represents a profit increase of nine percent versus Q4 of 2016.

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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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