InFocus Q+A

Posted on July 9th, 2014

How Caesars Entertainment Feeds the ‘Wow’ Factor

“We have steadily moved away from standard buffets, focusing more on creating food experiences for attendees.”



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Posted on July 1st, 2014

Table Talk with Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

“The food industry has a growing segment that is focusing on returning to products being made in-house, as opposed to the more cost effective pre-fabrication products that has dominated the industry over the past 10 years



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Posted on May 20th, 2014

Visit Florida Offers Event Planners the World on a Platter, Literally.

“Where else can you host a reception beneath a 6.2 million pound moon rocket, or a party at an ice lounge complete with bars, chairs and frosty works of art.”



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Posted on May 20th, 2014

Luxury Takes the Form of All-Inclusive at Palace Resorts

“Competition has made resorts adapt to the luxury concept by raising the bar on their offerings; including entertainment, F&B, service and amenities.”



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Posted on May 15th, 2014

Meetings in Los Angeles: A Chat with Bryan Churchill

“One of the ways the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board maximizes the planner’s return on investment is by employing a team of specialists who are the experts in each region of L.A. County.”



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Posted on May 8th, 2014

Linda Burley on the New Luxury

“The new luxury, available at a more moderately priced property, still offers a high level of service and guest amenities, yet it is not ‘over the top’ or under scrutiny by corporate executives, meeting stakeholders and public opinion.”



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Posted on May 2nd, 2014

Incentives Q&A: Melissa Van Dyke

“As incentive travel finds its legs again in the new economy, the IRF is continuing to track a number of trends. Budgets are stabilizing, and in certain sectors, increasing. Gamification of the entire event experience is growing—our studies show a third of planners now integrate some form of gaming and/or virtual elements into their programs.”



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Posted on May 1st, 2014

Luxury Along Florida’s Paradise Coast: Q&A with Debi DeBenedetto

“Beach parties and outdoor picnics or breakouts add value to luxury and attendees get the opportunity for fresh air and sunshine, palm trees and sandy beaches bathing themselves in luxury.”



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Posted on April 28th, 2014

Q&A: Visit South Walton

“Visitors are continually looking for luxury while seeking value. Along with luxury, customers are researching the destinations in which they can maximize their experience, in terms of dining, shopping and cultural activities.”



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Posted on March 28th, 2014

Q & A: Ocean Reef’s Jeff Homad Talks Incentive Trends

The concept of the luxury destination is steadily moving toward a quality scope that includes wellness, more attendee control and family incentives.



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