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2014’s “Hot” Incentive Destinations are…

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Despite the seemingly end-less winter with weekly snowstorms across the nation and some of the largest-scale travel delays in the US since the late 1980’s, the busy 2014 Incentive Travel season is well underway. To help brighten the day and break us all out of the snow-coma, the team at Choice Gifts™ wanted to share some of this year’s “hot” incentive destinations based on customer feedback survey: Read more…

Latest Gifting trends for Incentive Travel Programs

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As many of us prepare for another hectic holiday season, many corporate meeting planners are entering the final stages of organizing Q1/Q2 Incentive Trips, National Sales Meetings, Corporate Retreats, etc. In honor of Black Friday & Cyber Monday, we wanted to share some hot gift ideas and trendy items that the Choice Gifts team has seen for the upcoming incentive travel season. If you typically include gifting as part of your program, now is the time to begin brainstorming and sourcing gifts to avoid last minute delivery delays while inventories are still plentiful.
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5 tips to avoid customs catastrophes

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CustomsWe’ve all been there, the client blinded by the breath-taking beauty of Santorini, or the turquoise waters of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic that hastily selects their event site without researching or considering some of the arduous location logistics such as Customs.

If you find yourself needing to provide and/or ship supplies, promotional products, event gifts, etc. here are a few helpful tips to prepare yourself and (hopefully) avoid any customs holds or clearance issues: Read more…

3 things you should know about giving gift cards

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3 things you should know about giving gift cardsPractical though they may be, giving gift cards to employees, clients or business partners can backfire if you’re not careful. These tips can help you avoid embarrassment or outright disaster.

Before jumping to the conclusion that gift cards are the solution to showing appreciation to your employees, clients or business partners, take a second look at these three common considerations. Read more…

Choose your own: The new look of brand name business gifts

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Emotional appeal skyrockets when companies offer a selection of brand name gifts to reward their employees. Imagine yourself in this scenario: it’s reward time for your sales force. Hundreds of hardworking employees and their significant others are about to show up for three days of rest, relaxation and recognition. There are activities from daybreak to well past sunset. You’ve got speakers to inspire, presentations to give, and gifts to… Well, what about the gifts? Read more…