Incentives Prove Immune to Disaster

 Executives surveyed in the annual SITE Index 2018 forecast say that incentive travel is of increasing importance to driving sales and boosting profitability. “Basically, incentive travel works,” is how John Iannini, vice president of meetings and events America for Melia Hotels International, and 2018 SITE Foundation president, summarizes responses from 574 professionals in 72 countries.

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Smart Dispatch: Una Experiencia Magnifica

Groups meeting in San Antonio have plenty of options for off-site activities, including strolling along the River Walk and enjoying its unique restaurants and shops, as well as visiting the Alamo and other historic missions, SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and San Antonio Zoo. But arguably the best place to experience the city’s rich culture is El Mercado (Market Square), a three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near downtown.

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Why Your Event Needs to #StopSucking (on Straws!)

It’s the last straw for hotels, restaurants and bars across the country. They agree it’s time to stop sucking. Specifically, it’s time to stop sucking on single-use plastic straws.

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Pinspiration for Your Event: New Year, Well Spaces

One goal this year should be making heath and wellness a priority, in both your personal and professional lives. How can wellness become a central theme of your event? This Pinspiration will help get you started.

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7 Self-Care Gifts Perfect for Any New Year’s Resolutions

Treat yourself with these self-care gifts that are sure to jump-start your resolutions as we go into 2018! These gifts range from luxurious to quirky, perfect for anyone looking to start off this year right.

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Wyndham Worldwide Corporation to Acquire La Quinta Holdings

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WWC) has announced that it will acquire La Quinta Holdings’ hotel franchise and management businesses for $1.95 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close within the second quarter of 2018.

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5 Unexpected Ways to Show Attendees Love

Corporate meeting and event planners must make the best romantic partners. A major part of the job is making attendees feels appreciated while tending to their every need. In this process, planners are essentially trained in the art of love.

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Negotiating the Perfect Multiyear Contract

Long-term contracts—three, five or even ten years—can save you money, especially if you book during a hotel or resort’s slower times. “A three-year contract can mean a 10 percent savings,” says John Berglund, CEO of Mira Smart Conferencing, a management software firm in Clayton, Missouri.

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Leftovers from MGM Buffets will be Transformed into Ingredients for 800,000 Meals

MGM Resorts International’s hotels are already a go-to destination for planners and attendees of events. However, the benefits of staying at one of the 12 properties in Las Vegas have expanded from convenience and relaxation to including a clear conscience.

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7 Ways to Reimagine Event Signage

When planning an event, you want every detail to stand out. You found your keynote speaker, the PowerPoint slides are finished and the location is booked. But one of the most important things has yet to be figured out: signage that gets its job done and appeals to your guests.

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