A Different Kind of Green

Every year on March 17th, people from across the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This day has become a holiday honoring Irish culture with parades, food, and of course, the color green! This year we invite you to put down the green beer and consider for a moment, what are we doing to keep our planet green?

Our industry is one that never sleeps.  Meetings and Events require hours of high intensity, lights, music, AV equipment, travel elements and more.  For the past few years there has been a trend to move towards more sustainable meetings by repurposing florals, utilizing space powered by  solar, transferring communications from paper to electronic and so on. The Green Meetings Industry Council has been instrumental in encouraging our industry to move to a more sustainable existence.  Now LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building certification which recognizes the most sustainable building practices, is expanding into our realm. Announcing this year a LEED certification level specific to hospitality. Achieving this certification reduces the strain on our natural resources further propelling us into a responsible approach when servicing our clients.

JNR is proud to share that we reside in a LEED certified building. So while we are diligently planning your next meeting or event, we are also cognizant of the environment that supports us and gives us our livelihood. LEED certified buildings use less water, energy, and reduce green-house gasses.

So ask yourself, what can you do to make today a little greener?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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Written by Kalyn Tripodi

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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Winner’s Choice Travel Incentives: Romantic Getaway or Family Fun?

Imagine the thrill of qualifying for an all expenses paid vacation in one of the world’s most exclusive spots, in the best hotel, with the best food- all hosted by your employer! Incentive Travel Programs are a wonderful way to motivate your employees, sales teams or channel partners and to recognize their achievements by whisking them away and giving them the opportunity to celebrate.

At JNR we have been crafting one-of-a-kind travel destinations for clients for over 36 years. In that time we have learned what people prefer and what they do not.  In an effort to continuously produce programs that will consistently appeal to your audience, we offer our Winner’s Choice.  This unique offering allows winners to choose to spend their much-deserved time off in one of two ways, a romantic vacation for two or a family vacation in a child-friendly destination.  Although the teambuilding opportunities and camaraderie established in traditional group travel are invaluable, the vast majority of Incentive Travel Programs do not satisfy our innate desire to have the freedom to make a choice.

In a typical Incentive Program, all winners receive a voyage to the same destination with fellow award recipients. At JNR we tend to primarily encourage this type of program, however, we know it is not always optimal for all organizations. In today’s high productivity focused society it can be difficult for an organization to have a large percentage of their top producers out of the office for one or two weeks at once. Often these companies see the bottom line value to offering an Incentive Travel Program, but need an alternative model to make it work.  Winner’s Choice not only makes it easier on the employer, but also gives the participants the ability to exert some degree of decision-making power when it comes to their Incentive.  In our experience, we have found that participants eagerly welcome a change in their reward structure and especially appreciate having the opportunity to spend time with loved ones without chipping away at their annually accrued vacation time.

Romantic Getaway

People are busier than ever today and taking time out of their schedules to spend quality time with significant others can be difficult. This incentive getaway for two allows you to get closer to the one you love in a romantic setting away from the routine of everyday life.

Trips to exotic, romantic places like Tahiti or Bermuda to spend quality time with your partner are great ways to enjoy this option. The best part is that you can bask in the glow of achievement while also enjoying a private vacation without the obligation of business meetings or other forced interactions interfering.

From Wine Country to Island Escapes Travel + Leisure recently compiled their “Best Romantic Getaways” list which includes places like Bora Bora, Maui, Napa Valley, Costa Rica and Sedona. Although any of these destinations would be fabulous travel destinations for a group, an exclusive couples destination will be well received by your top achievers.  The Planning Team at JNR stays at the forefront of travel trends and will design a Winner’s Choice guaranteed to appeal to all couples within your organization.

Family Fun Adventure

On average, American families spend just over 30 minutes of quality time together during the week with the time constraints of modern life. Work, chores, school, clubs and sports occupy so much of our time that it is difficult to give ample attention to the people who should matter most in our lives, our families.

Incentives designed with family fun adventures in mind are a great motivator to your most valued assets. Give the opportunity to maximize family bonding time at a Dude Ranch or reward employees with a trip to Hawaii. A Disney Cruise might be perfect for families with young ones. Again, the beauty of the Winner’s Choice by JNR is that no additional vacation time is needed to enjoy priceless family time in a destination hosted by your employer.

Experiencing nature in Costa Rica, bringing social studies to life in Greece, learning survival skills in The Catskills, marveling at the Big Five in South Africa and living fairy tales in Disney World Orlando are among some of the top requested family bucket list excursions.

A New Take On Incentives

JNR has delivered travel programs like these for years. If a traditional Incentive Program does not work for you this year, try giving your employees the choice between a Romantic Getaway or Family Fun Adventure in two exceptional locations as a new spin on rewarding performance. Motivate your most valued sales team and thank them for their extraordinary efforts with the invaluable gift of quality time with loved ones. Sales incentive programs that inspire channel partners, resellers, distributors and other sales personnel with travel awards are an effective way to boost performance to new levels, ultimately delivering an impressive ROI back to your organization.

Lasting memories are made up of experiences with people you love in places you adore. Destination incentives are no exception to the human nature that reminds us that we are naturally programmed to prefer choices. Winner’s Choice travel programs are JNR’s unique way to empower your program participants with a choice to control their reward destiny- based on their lifestyle and preferences.  This is your hard-earned incentive reward; use it the way you want!

 

For more information on creating a travel program that utilizes a Winner’s Choice option or a more traditional group travel option, please contact us today. If you would like more information on how to succeed with your Incentive Travel Program, please read “Incentive Travel: The Five Keys to Success” here.

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

New Things Are Happening At JNR…

The last six months have brought about exciting changes at JNR! Our organization is growing in a big way, which is all very good news for our clients. To keep things in perspective, the Prepaid Team proudly wears their 3 S’s on their chest to keep the positive momentum moving forward. Scale. Squad. Swagger.

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We are building and scaling our solutions platforms so that we can serve our clients across a broad spectrum of business challenges.

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Together we can achieve anything. We trust our team to support each other, while holding ourselves accountable to commitments to our employees and clients.

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Confidence and class.  We may be smaller than the big guys, but we serve our clients’ needs and help solve their business challenges better than anyone- we are not going to be shy about it.

 

JNR will find the right solution for your organization. Curious? Give us a call to find out how.





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Written by Jewel Pease

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

 

 

Time to Get Techie

Our world today is saturated with technology. It is nearly impossible to find a person who does not own a cell phone, tablet, or laptop. Technology has even made its way over to the meeting industry; a room once filled with pens and paper has been replaced with smart phones and iPads. As meeting planners, it is essential to be familiar with the latest technology.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Silicon Valley has taken technology to a new level by utilizing a robot (known as “Dash”) to deliver all amenities to guests. According to the hotel’s director of sales, David Wang, “Dash is fun, cool and more useful than any of us really expected.” Imagine having a robot with the ability to service the entire meeting!

If you’re looking to engage your guests with a more realistic tactic, consider the Catchbox. It is a wireless microphone, covered in foam and is safe to be thrown to audience members. Not only is this device unique and fun, it helps build rapport between the speaker and audience members. Not to mention it will ensure attentiveness, as no one wants to be the person who is hit in the head with the Catchbox.

Gamification is also an excellent way to improve meeting motivation and engagement. Gamification, as it sounds, is the act of combining game with technology. Meeting apps are a great way to create interactions among attendees, but according to Erika Blaney, about 70 percent of all app downloads are never used.” This is why it is crucial to make the app meaningful, and dare I say it, fun!

Technology has even made its mark on site visits. President of Corporate Planners Unlimited, Sherry Parks, admits that she will not visit a site without Google Glass to record and store the inspection. This way she is able to easily share the information with her colleagues and clients.

As you can see, technology is rapidly changing, but it is important to keep in mind that the device must connect with the audience. “Keeping up with technology, being able to talk the talk about what is coming and how it is going to be useful, makes the planner that much more essential,” says James Spellos, President of Meeting U. So whether you are planning on implementing a robot, or simply spicing up a meeting app, it is vital to watch upcoming technology trends and know how they will influence your next meeting or big event. 


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Written by Kalyn Tripodi

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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Thank You to our Starwood Hawaii Friends

Special thanks to our Starwood Hawaii friends for the wonderful map they brought today to JNR.  This is a beautiful giclee reproduction of the first printed map of the Hawaiian islands as charted by Captain James Cook, with the background image drawn by John Webber, the official artist on board Cooks’ third and final voyage to the Pacific.

We sincerely appreciate the personalized nature of this gift, as it fits perfectly with the memorabilia displayed throughout the office from travels worldwide. Most importantly, the thoughtfulness that went into selecting this item absolutely reflects their attention to detail and desire to create unique and authentic experiences at their fine hotels and resorts.  Mahalo to Leilani, Stan, Kelly, Don, Susan, Sean and Phil representing the amazing Starwood properties on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.  We love working with all of you to create amazing programs for our clients.

For you history buffs, Captain Cook first spotted the islands in 1778.  He named them the Sandwich Isles in honor of his friend and sponsor, the fourth Earl of Sandwich.  The name was used until the 1840s, when the local name of Hawaii gradually began to take precedence.  Both the map and image were originally engraved, printed and issued in 1784 as part of Captain Cook’s charts and images documenting his 3rd, and final voyage to the Pacific.  This part of the world had not previously been depicted through images before.  Viewing these images and maps in 1784 by Europeans was equivalent to seeing the first pictures from the Moon.  It was said  “No stately home would be caught without a set of Cook’s Volumes and Atlas” .  Look closely and you’ll even see the first recorded view of a surfboard.

Written by Vicki Kern

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.