Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

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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Atlantis Paradise Island to Use iVvy Platform for Events

Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas will be using iVvy Platform’s request for proposal and event management systems. iVvy, a cloud-based event and venue management platform, will provide online distribution and RFP management, diagramming, invoicing, banquet and event orders as well as on-site execution from any mobile device. 

Jamaica Establishes Advisory Board to Boost Meetings and Conventions Industry Business

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has established a new advisory board to help the destination increase business from the global MICE industry. In addition, to strengthening Jamaica’s position as a leading destination for meetings and incentive travel, the Board will ensure that the JTB’s Groups & Convention Department remains on the cutting edge of the latest industry trends.

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.

The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Invites Guests To Co[Me] Work in Kingston

The Jamaica Pegasus, a Kingston business hotel, continues to pivot its operations to best meet the needs of today’s increasingly mobile corporate world with the launch of new "Co[ME] Work" packages. The new packages target work-from-home professionals and students who could benefit from a change of scenery to spice up their typical workday. "Co[ME] Work" packages include the private use of guestrooms converted into office suites, with desks and conference tables replacing the hotel’s beds.

Puerto Rico Sets Reopening Date; Event Venues Unveil Safety Measures

As part of Puerto Rico's four-phased reopening plan, the island announced it will formally reopen for inbound tourism on July 15. It was the first U.S. entity to implement strict measures such as a curfew; currently, thorough cleanliness measures are in place Island-wide and enhanced policies are being implemented that follow the U.S. Travel Association health and safety guideline, along with locally enforced measures.

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Casa de Campo Extends Waiver of Attrition Fees

As the travel industry is being impacted by unprecedented times, Casa de Campo would like to do its part in helping to support the recovery of tourism by making things easier for you to plan ahead and maintain flexibility for your upcoming meetings and events.

The golf resort, located in La Romana, Dominican Republic, has extended the waiver of attrition fees, no cancellation penalties, no early departure fees and the following Casa de Campo Stimulus Package for all new group bookings traveling from June 1 to November 30, 2020: