Inspired Incentives

Monica Preman

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Incentive Group Travel: Man vs. Machine

Posted by Monica Preman

Fri, May 03, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Technology has changed the way we all do business. In many ways, it has made our lives simpler, faster, and more convenient.  This has been as true for incentive group travel, meetings and events as for any other industry.  Tools like online registration have made managing and trouble-shooting group travel data easier than ever before. Data management is less cumbersome for the internal support staff; participant registration is now a breeze; reports can be catered to the needs of the client; and frequently asked questions can now be found on a simple, straightforward webpage that anyone can access. While these technological tools are great in a number of ways, there are still certain components of the group travel registration process that will always require a more human touch.

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Topics: Customer Service, Group Incentive Travel

How Will Big Airline Mergers Affect Incentive Travel Trips?

Posted by Monica Preman

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

Earlier this year, it was announced that US Airways and American Airlines were negotiating a merger. This announcement came on the heels of three other giant mergers in the airline industry, all of which have occurred within the past five years. In 2008, Delta merged with Northwest Airlines, becoming the world’s largest carrier by passenger traffic (although with the US Airways/American merger, they will now be the second largest). Additionally, in 2010 AirTran was bought by Southwest Airlines, and Continental was bought by United. What these four very significant mergers mean for the industry cannot be understated.

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Topics: Customer Service, Group Incentive Travel

Soft Adventure and Group Travel Incentives

Posted by Monica Preman

Tue, May 15, 2012 @ 09:41 AM

Soft adventure is a term that’s been coined and promoted by marketing experts in the travel industry. It refers to the type of adventure tourism that could be considered medium-risk but requires little to no experience. Examples include white water rafting, surfing, off-road driving, and zip-line experiences. The popularity of the genre has grown in recent years, particularly in regard to incentive group travel, and this is not a mere coincidence, since soft adventure tourism fits perfectly into the general strategy of group travel, which seeks to satisfy the dual interests and expectations of client and participant. On one hand, it offers exciting opportunities that also happen to be fairly low-risk. On the other, a soft adventure also provides unique and interesting experiences that may not be possible in one’s day-to-day life.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

China's Potential for Group Travel Incentive Programs

Posted by Monica Preman

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

China is a land of contrasts, a place of timeless mysticism and tremendous growth. As a hosted buyer attending the CIBTM (China Incentive, Business, Travel and Meetings) exhibition in Beijing, and a guest of our preferred Chinese Destination Management Company, I knew I would be observing first-hand the incentive group travel potential of the country’s burgeoning cultural economy. Could the forces of past, present and future coexist comfortably in such a dense, bustling environment? Or would I find that China just isn’t ready for the incentive group travel experience?

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel, Travel Destinations