Posted on August 16th, 2017 by Kara Hoover
In the wide world of global incentive programs, disruptive incidents are happening with increasing frequency over the past couple years. What could possibly disrupt the process of a participant redeeming for a specific reward and receiving it in an expected timeframe? Though the world sits on a consistent axis that never fails, the happenings on this planet don’t follow suit. Incentive program disruptions may include weather-related phenomena, wars, terrorism, political moves, developing country infrastructure, corruption in vendor services or customs agencies, etc.
Studies now show...
Posted on August 9th, 2017 by Mike May
Here’s my Skimm (for Millennials) or CNN Headline News (for Boomers) of the Top 5 Incentive Research Metrics of 2017 summarized visually in an ever-so-popular infographic! Plus, a little extra commentary.
IRF Net Optimism Score = 26
Incentive Research Foundation invented a new, simplified metric to track the economic outlook for the incentives industry. This one-number metric uses the same logic as the popular NPS (Net Promoter Score). The “NOS” (Net Optimism Score) is the % of respondents providing a positive outlook for the incentive industry minus % with a negative...
Posted on August 1st, 2017 by Elizabeth Petersen
Located on the historically famous Cable Beach in The Bahamas, you will find Baha Mar, a gorgeous new resort over ten years in the making. As your mother once told you, good things come to those that wait. The waiting is now over. I visited Baha Mar in May 2017 and wanted to share my experience at the hottest new resort in The Caribbean. This grandiose resort offers natural beauty, state-of-the-art luxury, and enough activities to easily fill a week’s stay. The stats are nothing but impressive:
- 2,200 Hotel Rooms and Residences
- 3 Luxury Hotels: Grand Hyatt (open now), SLS (Fall 2017),...
Posted on July 25th, 2017 by Mike May
Poor Maui. She wins a lot of beauty contests, but she can’t get a date. More precisely, she cannot get your “date” for your President Club incentive trip.
Conde Nast Traveler readers rated her #1 for 20 consecutive years! So, she is a beauty in the eyes of leisure travelers, but meeting planners and sales execs seem to look all over for the shiny, up-and-coming, youngster (meaning a new resort or destination, of course).
Are we chasing after “new” when the “best” is right in front of our eyes? (As a side note, new destinations often lack incentive quality infrastructure,...
Posted on July 19th, 2017 by Kim Fox
Nestled in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is comprised of 333 mostly uninhabited islands. The largest island of Viti Levu is home to the capital city of Suva and the town of Nadi (pronounced Nandi). Almost everyone traveling to Fiji will arrive into Nadi International Airport (NAN) as it is the main gateway to the country and home to the largest tourist hub of Denarau Island.
Fiji Airways has regular direct flights from Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. When traveling from the United States, it is important to note that you cross the international dateline when...
Posted on July 12th, 2017 by Michael Butler
If you think you’re getting all you need at IMEX America come October at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, then you’re missing out—like I was. Before I started attending Spring’s IMEX Frankfurt years back, I thought I could get all I needed in Las Vegas. There’s no denying at IMEX America the focus is on the Americas (duh!)—and a lot is happening in Canada, the US, Mexico, Central and South America, not to mention the ever-changing Caribbean—what’s new and trending in all these great places. However, attending the event in Central Europe provides a unique opportunity to focus on...
Posted on July 3rd, 2017 by Nicole Chattin
I recently attended Meeting Professional International’s World Education Congress (MPI WEC) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The theme of the conference, “Stop planning meetings. Start designing experiences,” resonated with me and sparked my interest in a new methodology for planning meetings and corporate events. The conference was packed with influential speakers and diverse content that I would happily recommend to any meeting planner looking to hone their craft.
Posted on June 27th, 2017 by Hailey Thomas
Bridging Central America to South America, the Isthmus of Panama offers a rare mix of bustling metropolis, lush rainforests, and sandy beaches all within an hour of Panama City. If you’re searching for an incentive travel destination that is anything but ordinary, look no further.
1. The Panama Canal
This artificial waterway with its intricate lock system connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean is truly an engineering marvel and is not to be missed when visiting Panama City. The Miraflores Visitor Center offers guests a chance to learn the history of the Canal with a visit to...
Posted on June 20th, 2017 by Julie Blank
What’s new this summer in incentive travel? Here are six trends to keep an eye on that will keep your programs fresh and engaging!
Posted on June 13th, 2017 by Michael Butler
1. The Journey Is Just as Breathtaking as the Destination
An adventurous and exhilarating 90-minute drive from Denver and the Front Range, the heartbeat of this destination lies between East and West Village in the epicenter of Vail— Vail Village, and Lionshead Village. For a technology tip: Check out live camera views along the entire route on your smartphone. You’re always at ease knowing what the transfer out and back has in store for you.
2. 5-Star Accommodations
Four Seasons, Sonnenalp, and The Sebastian (my personal favorite boutique mountain resort) sit caddy corner to each...