Special Mini Edition May 2020

A fresh resource for people who plan and manage meetings, events, business travel, promotions and incentive programs. Providing you with inspiration, guidance and great ideas.

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Resources for our new reality As planners begin the time-consuming process of rescheduling postponed events and planning new ones, knowing what's available will be an onerous task. A new online directory from EproDirect aims to simplify that process. The searchable database includes information such as if the hotel is available for transient reservations and accepting RFPs for immediate or future needs. HOTEL STATUS REPORT The saying knowledge is power has never been more true as planners try to make the best and safest choices for their clients and their attendees. Understanding how countries are responding is key. That is why the United Nations World Tourism Organization has created an interactive map that details policy measures in regard to the COVID-19 crisis. It is searchable by country and institution. MAP IT OUT by Laura Bickle i n t h e k n ow Incentive Travel: THE VIEW FROM HERE The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously had a huge impact on incentive travel. To gauge the extent of that impact, the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) recently conducted a survey of more than 250 incentive providers, and there's reason for optimism. "The results of this survey are encouraging and demonstrate that organizations increasingly recognize the value of incentive travel as an investment in driving business results," says Stephanie Harris, IRF president. "During this time of tremendous uncertainty and extraordinary work circumstances, individuals need to feel valued and recognized for their contributions more than ever, whether through incentive travel or via other recognition programs." For compete survey results, visit theirf.org. 61.5% of incentive trips planned for Q1 or Q2 of 2020 have been postponed into Q3 or Q4 of 2020, with a small percentage moved into 2021. Postponing, Not Cancelling 70.25% of planners who are postponing trips noted that there had been no change to their budget. Those working with reduced budgets are scaling back offsites, program length and entertainment. Budget Briefs 75% of respondents indicated they were recognizing winners with merchandise, cash, individual travel and gift cards. Where programs are cancelled, Alternative Recognition Visit our COVID-19 Resource Centre for the latest news and updates. ignitemag.ca Ignitemag.ca | 3

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