Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

Buyer Q&A: Virtual FAM Trips and Remote Working

Continuing our Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange Buyer Q&A series, Meeting Spotlight spoke with Danene Dustin, senior global sales executive for Morris Meetings & Incentives, a full-service meeting and incentive program provider. Topics covered include working remotely, how incentives could change and the value of virtual "FAM" trips. 

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Buyer Q&A: While Hybrid Events Will Remain, Human Connection Are Everything

As part of our ongoing Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange Buyer Q&A, Meeting Spotlight spoke with Paige Laliberte, event manager for The Castle Group, a corporate event management and public relations firm.

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The Importance of Slowing Down and Finding a Work/Life Balance

Meeting Spotlight recently caught up with Libby Horne, manager, customer programs for JJ Haines, which touts itself as the largest floor covering distribution company in the country with operations covering the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Topics covered include slowing down, what it was like to have the calendar wiped clean in 2020 and what regions will see the quickest return to hosting meetings and events.

Tianguis Turístico México to Take Place in Mérida in September 2021

Mexico’s minister of tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, and the governor of the state of Yucatán, Mauricio Vila Dosal, after analyzing the development of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and attending to the responsibility of governments to ensure the health of all those involved, have decided to schedule Tianguis Turístico México, which will take place in Merida as an onsite event, from September 26 to 29, 2021.

Quintana Roo Announces Increased Operations For MICE Segment

Quintana Roo’s tourism ministry announced last week the MICE segment (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions) will have more capacity to operate: Open spaces will be allowed to operate at up to 50 percent capacity, while indoor venues will be allowed to operate at 30 percent, according to the maximum capacity of each venue.

Mexico's Velas Resorts Debuts Group Takeover Program

Velas Resorts is banking on more companies—those with remote workers and others who have returned to the office—looking to energize staff, boost creativity and productivity to change routines while providing "the ultimate social distancing." To that effect, Velas Resorts has come up with the new "Group Takeover Program," a twist on the "workcation." It guarantees companies exclusive use of the hotel, offering total privacy for meetings, teamwork, teambuilding and more.

World Meetings Forum Returns to Los Cabos in 2021

The eighth edition of the World Meetings Forum (WMF) was held from August 31 to September 2, at Paradisus Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, gathering 227 professionals who included meeting planners, events industry suppliers, speakers and special guests. Also, 4,617 one-on-one meetings took place, aimed at reactivating the industry; the inclusion of persons with disabilities was possible through the WMF Foundation

San Miguel De Allende Promotes Events Infrastructure as it Reopens

The Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende started its reopening process on July 15 slowly and carefully and in line with recommendations by local and international health and wellness authorities. With local hotels already able to book up to 50 percent of available rooms and 37 nonstop flights per week arriving from the U.S. to Guanajuato’s international airport, which serves San Miguel de Allende, the city is now looking to regain its footing in the business and romance travel markets.

American, Delta Follow United, Get Rid of Change Fees

United Airlines is permanently getting rid of change fees all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S., effective immediately, it announced over the weekend. Now, American Airlines and Delta are following suit, the airlines announced individually on Monday.

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