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Industry Insider: Expect Significant Price Increases

June 27, 2018 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby

If you plan events or incentive travel programs or you hire someone else to do that for you, you should expect fairly steep price increases.  Don’t assume you can hold a program similar to last year’s unless you have more


Shift Away from Strictly Seller's Market, reports MPI

February 22, 2017 by Lori Smith

There are indications that the industry is finding some equilibrium and moving away from being strictly a seller’s  market, according to the latest edition of Meeting Professionals International’s Meetings Outlook™ quarterly report. The 2017 Winter Edition, which is available online at, also


2016 Meetings Market Report: Putting the Pieces Together

October 19, 2016 by Lori Smith

This year’s Meetings + Incentive Travel’s Meetings Market Report finds the industry enjoying a period of relative stability. The majority of respondents (85 per cent) reported that their companies or clients did not cut back on the number of days of


Planner Protect Aims to Negotiate Fair Contracts

September 7, 2016 by douloff

LONDON, ONT. — Planner Protect has launched, with the business mandate of helping event planners, venues and event hosts negotiate fair contracts, it was announced Sept. 7. “We want to help all Canadian event planners and venues understand every word


Industry Insider: I’m being “Serviced” to Death

October 31, 2015 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

In late August, Business Travel News reported that U.S. hotels will collect a record $2,470,000,000 in service fees and surcharges in 2015.  Apparently in 2015 the hotels will reap a five per cent increase in fees collected, resulting from a three


CanSPEP Offering Event Business Building Conference

August 7, 2015 by Lori Smith

Registration is open for The Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners‘ (CanSPEP) new one-day conference on creating and building an event planning business. “Event Business Blueprint” is being held Monday, August 17th, 2015 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, Toronto. The session line-up for


10 Trends in Incentive Merchandise and Gift Cards

April 8, 2015 by Lori Smith

New research conducted by the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) reveals that merchandise and gift card programs play a key role in retaining top performers, which is a top priority for organizations looking to keep leaders who can take over top


Rising budgets challenged by increasing costs, reports MPI

February 18, 2015 by Lori Smith

The winter 2015 edition of Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) Meetings Outlook finds that the industry is generally healthy but planners will have to sharpen their pencils as costs on the supply side outweigh increases in budgets and lead times remain short. Key


Incentive Travel Key Motivational Tool, says IRF

January 7, 2015 by Lori Smith

A new study by the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF), Rebounding the Recession: The Future of Incentive Travel 2015, reveals that incentive travel rewards match the emerging needs of today’s multi-generational workforce and the corporate move toward enterprise engagement. Ten highlights


Upward Pressure on Costs a Challenge for Planners, reports MPI

November 11, 2014 by Lori Smith

Rising costs in air travel, f&b and catering, and accommodation will have an impact on event budgets in 2015, reports Meetings Professionals International (MPI) in the latest edition of its quarterly Meetings Outlook Report. Respondents to the survey said air/travel


Incentive Travel Sector Recovery Accelerating

October 22, 2014 by Lori Smith

New data from the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) reveals that the incentive industry’s recovery is not only sustaining but also accelerating. The IRF’s biannual “Pulse” surveys ask motivation industry professionals about trends in incentive programs, examining core areas of impact


Key Indicators Show Incentives Industry Back on Solid Ground

July 17, 2014 by Lori Smith

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) reports that its latest Pulse survey shows that the U.S. incentives industry has sustained its recovery from the 2008-09 recession and the resulting cutbacks. The Pulse survey asked motivation industry professionals about trends in incentive