Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

American Express: Hybrid Gatherings Pave the Return to In-Person Meetings & Events

Following a year of uncertainty, the "2021 Global Meetings and Events Forecast" from American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), found that businesses have quickly adapted meetings and events programs to keep customers, prospects and employees engaged.

Stats: 73% of Event Planners Will Run a Hybrid Event in 2020

A survey of event professionals by etc.venues during its first hybrid event since lockdown revealed that almost three-quarters (73 percent) of them are planning a hybrid event before the end of the year.

A fifth (19 percent) of planners said the biggest barrier to choosing a hybrid event is a lack of experience, followed by concerns over cost (17 percent), risk of failure (17 percent), perceptions of low attendance (17 percent), confusion with technology (16 percent) and getting stakeholder buy-in (15 percent).

Essential Costa Rica, Wanderluxxe to Sponsor Sundance Venue

Essential Costa Rica, the official country brand for the Central American destination, is planning to sponsor a venue at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with luxury membership concierge service Wanderluxxe. From January 25 to 28, their lounge will host a series of exclusive daytime wellness activities, filmmaker panels, premiere parties and more.

Ponant Creates New Cruise to Costa Rica, Panama in 2020

Ponant will tread down to Costa Rica and Panama next January via a new 10-night/11-day cruise. A part of its new Quintessential Collection, An Exploration in Nature in Costa Rica & The Panama Canal will visit three national parks and feature a guest speaker with firsthand experience at nature reserves around Central America.