2018 Trends for Meetings and Incentives
We're almost through the first month of 2018 and well on our way with goals and resolutions. As a team, TenDot's gearing up for incentive programs in exciting destinations over the next month including Costa Rica; Cartagena, Colombia; Oahu, Hawaii; Cabo and Cancun. We're also keeping an eye on exciting trends this year for meetings and incentives. Here's a few TenDot team members' perspectives on some meeting and incentive industry trends to watch:
Embrace the Mobile App
Deb Hoge, Client Specialist - "Retire the cumbersome (costly and time consuming) binder. Adopt a fresh and easy-to-use mobile app which will improve and enhance mutual learning, networking, social integrations, and brand loyalty. Improving the attendee experience will also draw your customers back to future events and allow everyone to stay connected and continue to share content and information after the event is over. Don't forget to monetize your app with in-app sponsorship opportunities."
Stacy O'Brian, VP of Operations - "We are seeing strengthened engagement with client partners wanting to give back by including a philanthropic element as part of their incentive trip, meetings and leadership retreat agendas. One awesome example was last year when a client's user conference supported hurricane relief efforts. They offered a Red Cross donation app throughout the event and the CEO matched the amount raised. Depending on your destination and attendees' interests, consider arranging a volunteer activity like building bikes for a Boys & Girls Club, volunteering to serve meals at a homeless shelter, or donating books to a local school. Philanthropic touches are making a positive impact on attendees and their overall experience and connections with a company and their values."
Kate Curatola, Hotel Partnership Specialist - "It's likely that current resort fees will climb and hotels will introduce resort fees to their facilities as a trend for 2018. Whether it's called a resort fee, facility fee, or destination charge, these additional dollars get added onto the base hotel rate and cover costs such as phone calls, newspapers, fitness centers, and internet. It should be viewed as a positive alternative though because rather than the hotel increasing the base room rate, which would be taxable, resort fees aren't subject to occupancy taxes. What's more, TenDot can help you get resort fees waived or discounted for group bookings through contract negotiation."
Jill Frost, Program Manager - "We are noticing that clients are looking beyond the all-inclusive resorts. Their focus is shifting to offering unique destinations and activities they can experience together instead of laying by the pool, and never leaving a resort. Attendees want to immerse themselves in different cultures and daily life, for both history and knowledge. TenDot can create and deliver unique, memorable experiences that the group could not replicate on their own."
Contact us at 402.435.1011 if you are looking to find and implement some new ideas and trends into your meetings and incentives.
As always, Make it a TenDot Day!