Posted on April 26th, 2017 by Michael Pisterzi
We at Spear One pride ourselves in delivering the most unique and memorable incentive trips for our clients. In the interest of continuing our tradition of unforgettable service, we would be grateful if you took a brief moment to help us get a better idea of what it is you desire from the perfect incentive travel program.
If you don’t see your answer in the choices listed (or have the perfect incentive trip already planned out in your head) let us know in the comment section below!
Posted on April 19th, 2017 by Kim Dierks
There is something about a new hotel that seems to make any incentive trip that much more fabulous. At Spear One we are always looking for the perfect destination for our clients. Of equal importance to the destination is our attempt to find the perfect property. In my opinion, if you are taking your group to Grand Cayman then the brand new (7 months old) Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa should be a top contender!
Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Meredith May
Gift cards, merchandise, travel, pre-paid cards, cash? With so many incentive rewards to choose from, how do you pick the right option for your audience? In today’s world, we have created a consumer mentality with the right to “power of choice.” Why not also give the power to choose to your recipients?
Posted on April 4th, 2017 by Mike May
Per couple? Total trip? How much for Hawaii or Caribbean or Europe? I get those questions a lot. Here’s a good benchmark:
Posted on March 20th, 2017 by Brie Richards
We all know that technology is drastically changing the way the incentive travel and meetings industry operate. Over the past couple of years, we have seen a huge surge in tech development to create helpful tools that make our jobs as meeting and event planners easier. One of the most useful instruments to come out of this development is the creation of the eRFP.
Posted on March 14th, 2017 by Allie Greenwood
One of the primary goals of conferences and meetings is driving attendance and attendee engagement. But what is the best way to reach your attendees? Do you know your target market? How do you determine which outlet(s) work best to engage with them? These are all questions every event planner needs to be able to answer before they can move into constructing a marketing campaign for their meeting. While this seems like a daunting task, using the proper digital channels tailored to your target attendees is key to making your next meeting a record-breaking hit.
Posted on March 7th, 2017 by Guest Contributor
Héctor Ruiz is the Co-founder and Operations Director at Exhibitions Cargo. Héctor is a valued vendor assisting with international shipments of meeting materials and room gifts. He recently taught an educational course to our meeting and event planners. This post is an outline of the knowledge he was kind enough to share with us.
The 6 actors involved in international shipping:
- Known Shipper
- Freight Forwarding
- Customs Broker
- Importer of Record
- Customs Inspector
Posted on March 1st, 2017 by Julie Blank
No Caribbean blog series would be complete without a post on room drops and gifting. Likewise, no Caribbean group incentive trip would be complete without offering your guests a little piece of the islands to enjoy while they are onsite, or to take home to enjoy for years to come.
While many of the Caribbean islands have a lot in common, each also has its individual personality – the nuances that make it special and unique. I like to think that it’s part of our job as meeting and event planners to find those unique local offerings and share them with our attendees throughout the...
Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Mike May
“What’s a new idea? A really cool bucket list destination?”
Well, mate, I just got back from Auckland and Queenstown, and they’re my new favorite.
Clients seeking a change of pace from sun and sand beach trips should consider New Zealand. It’s English speaking, friendly folks, tasty food, stunning natural scenery (including Lord of the Rings scenes everywhere you turn), and outstanding values with a strong US dollar.
NZ has direct flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston. The 12-hour flight from LAX to Auckland was surprisingly easy – departing LAX at 11:00pm, so it...
Posted on February 7th, 2017 by Julie Blank
Anguilla has been getting a lot of press lately. The spotlight hit the British territory recently when the Four Seasons purchased the iconic Viceroy property. Like most meeting planners, I was excited to visit the island (a northern Leeward Island in the Lesser Antilles for those following my Caribbean series) and see for myself if it was going to be a fit for my clients and their incentive trips.
Anguilla has a small airport, but the best way to schedule group arrivals is to the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Martin/Sint Maarten. In the French town of Marigot, the ferry...