Executive Group Travel Blog

20 Stunning (Mid->High Budget) Resorts for your Next Incentive Trip

Below is a list of the properties that we have personally vetted over the past two years. Most have hosted an extremely successful client event for us!

Despite many misconceptions in the hotel industry there are only a few dozen properties that are usually a good fit for for your client’s upcoming incentive trip that fit all of the check boxes. Once you look at direct flights, five-star requirements, budget, weather, and more you will find your large list of property options quickly dwindling. Here’s a quick list to get started for those looking to plan your next incentive trip. The all-inclusive hotels will average out to low to mid range budget spend whereas most of the EP properties listed are mid range to higher budget resorts.

How to Pick the Perfect Property for your next President's Club

Unfortunately there is no perfect recipe for picking your next President's Club destination.  There are so many different likes and dislikes among company employees so the goal is to aim to impressing the 80%, while still keeping the other 20% content/happy.

Top 8 Luxury Five-Star Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas for 2019 Incentive Travel

If you haven’t yet secured your 2019 incentive trip location then you are running out of time, especially if you are in search of a popular five-star incentive destination. Most clients are contracted for 2019 and turning their focus on 2020. This group of hotels is a guarantee in terms of client experience and presenting attendees with a “wow factor.” For those looking for a last minute search or getting a jump start on 2020, here is a great place to start.

MICE Travel Hotel Reviews - Florida Gulf Coast

The Florida Gulf Coast has a long list of hotels for MICE travel.  Unfortunately the product has been a tougher sell when compared to Miami/Fort Lauderdale region of the state.  A few renovations to highlight are Hilton Marco Island, JW Marriott Marco Island, Don Cesar, Vinoy, Hyatt Regency Clearwater, and Tampa Marriott Waterside.  The Tampa hotel product is constantly improving with a new JW Marriott and Marriott Edition breaking ground in 2019.  For those who need less meeting space they can move outside the city of Tampa and closer to one of the beautiful beaches in the area!

Unico 20°N 87°W - New Player to the Adults Only Scene

UNICO 20˚87˚ is a new player to the adults only all-inclusive scene having been open just over a year this spring. From the moment you enter the property you are taken back with the décor, welcome drink, and fresh scent.

The reception team keeps check-ins quick and comes to guests at the couch versus the traditional line-up at the desk. They appoint every guest a local host who brings you to your room and gets you comfortable with the property. The host will even provide you their cell phone number for the remainder of your stay. They will help you with anything from making dinner reservations, to spa appointments, and even coordinate getting your outdoor bath prepped. It's a nice added touch! If you return, they do their best to appoint you the same local host.

Top 4 Favorite Hotels from Our 2018 Incentive Season

The 2018 incentive season has come to a close! The list of resorts below hosted our most successful President’s Club trips.  

Unico 20º87º 

Hyatt Ziva/Zilara, Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

Secrets Cap Cana

Cancun/Riviera Maya, Mexico Hotel Reviews (MICE Travel)

The following rating is a personal preference and is in relation to a grade as a MICE property.  Meeting Space refers to indoor meeting space. Please note the below numbers are best estimates as hotels undergo renovations and their meeting space and sleeping room numbers can change.  

Goodbye Vegas, Hello Dallas!

Every time a tech company brings up Las Vegas for their annual sales kickoff event I cringe.  As a millennial myself, I understand the excitement of the bright lights and hoopla of Las Vegas.   It's great for bachelor/bachelorette parties, 21st birthday tilts, 40th birthday celebrations, March Madness reunions, poker events, and even an annual family vacation. It truly is one of the most remarkable .8 miles in the world in terms of man-made “wow factor.”

Grand Cayman Hotel Reviews - Incentive Travel

Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands and the best fit for MICE travel.  Unfortunately due to limited meeting space the Caymans are a better fit for Incentive Travel over meetings or conferences unless those are under 250 guests.  Grand Cayman has seen a recent surge of business in the last two years given the lack of Zika concerns and also having been missed by Hurricane Irma.  The recent renovation of the Westin, current Margaritaville project and Kimpton new build has increased the number of resort hotel rooms available to help keep up with demand.  One key factor in choosing the island of Grand Cayman is safety.  It is said to be one of the safest islands in the Caribbean in terms of violence, theft, and also food/water quality.

How to set flight budgets for your next incentive trip


There are a few different approaches when trying to set your flight budget for next years trip or even a trip 24 months away.  There will always be some risk when it comes to flight cost but there are options to help mitigate the risk.  Flight costs are constantly changing and in the last few years they have trended downwards due to competition but airlines are now fighting back by introducing basic economy fares at essentially no lower fares.  This will increase ancillary revenue to the airlines in the short term.  Plus some experts in the industry are predicting airline prices are expected to rise in the near future.  Here is a great article from Meetings & Conventions on the 2018-2019 forecast: Meetings Industry Forecast 2018.