March 6, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Widespread Business Optimism Is Impacting the Incentive Market

Since the U.S. Presidential election in late 2016, there’s been lots of talk in the political arena about cutting some business regulation and perhaps taxes too. These possibilities have made many companies amenable to putting more of their money to work, in the hopes that they will see a solid return on investment in a business-friendly environment.

One area where return on investment is fairly clear is in incentive programs that motivate people to be top performers for their organization. At Hard Rock Hotels’ All-Inclusive Collection, we are seeing some shifts in 2017 regarding the planning and execution of incentive trips that will use our properties in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, plus Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

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February 21, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Airlift to Mexico is Plentiful and Convenient—and Keeps Getting Better

When meeting and incentive planners are researching different international destinations that could possibly host their groups, among their first and foremost considerations is airlift. Even on itineraries as long as seven, eight or ten days, attendees simply have no appetite for scheduling inconvenience. This inconvenience could come in the form of not enough options each day to the international destination, or in the form of long layovers at domestic hubs while waiting for that international flight.

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February 1, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Golf at Meeting and Incentive Programs: Year-Round Fun for Everyone

Unlike all the other major sports, the start of the professional golf season coincides with the start of the new year. The men’s pro tour goes to Hawaii for a few weeks in January, while the women’s pro tour starts in the Bahamas around the same time.

What these two pro tours have in common is their use of warm winter destinations to kick off their seasons. Interestingly, the four properties in the Hard Rock Hotels All-Inclusive Collection also serve as the setting for a lot of winter golf by meeting and incentive participants, who look forward to the opportunity months in advance. Even better, group use of golf activities at Hard Rock Hotels All Inclusive Collection doesn’t even require that attendees know how to play the game.

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January 20, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

Active Pursuits Make Meetings and Incentives Unforgettable

For those who plan meetings and incentive programs, there is no ignoring the fact that the demographic of their groups is changing with each passing day. The Millennial Generation—90 million strong compared to just 70 million Boomers—is advancing through the corporate ranks, and these younger workers desire experiences that older workers would not even have heard of in their younger days.

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January 3, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

New Video: A Two-Minute Introduction to Group Events at Hard Rock Hotels All-Inclusive Collection

While we always want to get meeting and incentive planners to take a familiarization trip to one of our four all-inclusive properties across Mexico and the Dominican Republic, we understand that it’s not always possible. So to give planners a detailed view of how our properties look and feel for meetings and incentives, we recently created a short video you can view on the meetings page of each Hotel’s website (;;;

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December 14, 2016 Kevin V Edmunds

Are Changes Coming to the Caribbean Travel Scene?

President Barack Obama’s outreach towards Cuba in the past few years, coupled with the recent passing of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has a lot of people in the travel industry talking about Cuba as a leisure travel destination, and perhaps a business travel destination, for Americans in the near future.

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