JNR INCORPORATED TO PARTICIPATE IN FIRST-EVER GLOBAL MEETINGS INDUSTRY DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2016

Contact: JNR Incorporated
800.343.4546
info@jnrcorp.com

Irvine, CA – Today, JNR Incorporated announced their involvement in the first-ever Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). On April 14, 2016, they will join forces with the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB) to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, Incentive Travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.

“GMID will unite the meetings industry in a way that has never been done before,” said David Peckinpaugh, former MMB co-chair. “The growth and success of our industry are critical to the world’s economy and we look forward to communicating our value on the global stage.”

“With the help of organizations such as JNR Incorporated, we will demonstrate the critical role our industry plays in building personal relationships, driving positive outcomes and supporting strong communities,” said Michael Dominguez, MMB co-chair and senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International.

“Well executed Meetings and Events have a profound impact on an organization’s growth and success. There is so much value in face time and idea sharing that can only be had when organizations come together on a large scale. Getting people out of the office and into an environment where the sole purpose is to inspire, motivate, respect and show appreciation to employees is powerful. ” said Barbara Williamson, Director of Marketing at JNR. She continues, “This has to be done correctly though. You are asking your most valuable people to take time out of their already busy schedule to attend, the event must surpass their expectations.” Choosing the right Meeting and Event partner is an important choice. Companies like JNR understand the intricacies of making an event work.

GMID marks the expansion of North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID), held earlier this year in the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Latin America. NAMID included 88 events across the continent as well as robust conversations online and 3.2 million social media impressions. Proclamations of support were issued by the governor of Wisconsin and mayors of Toronto, Buffalo and Washington, DC. A NAMID billboard was featured all day in Times Square and Caesars Entertainment “Turned the Strip Blue” in Las Vegas with NAMID logos and signage. In Mexico, a collaboration agreement was signed between the federal government, the tourism board and all 11 Meetings Industry Associations.

To learn more about GMID, visit http://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/GMID. Follow and participate in the digital conversations at @MeetingsMeanBiz on Twitter and by using the hashtags #MMBusiness with #GMID16.

About JNR

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. www.jnrcorp.com. 800.343.4546.

About Meetings Mean Business

The Meetings Mean Business coalition was created in 2009 to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face meeting and events industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities. For more information, visit www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com and download our app on iTunes and Google Play.


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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.

Meetings Spotlight: State of the Meetings Industry Summer 2014

Every quarter, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) publishes a comprehensive report that takes the pulse of the meetings industry and summarizes their findings for all interested parties to see. The summer edition of this report has arrived and represents an extremely valuable resource for meeting planners, like ourselves, and many others who rely on corporate meetings and events to achieve various business goals such as increasing sales and encouraging collaboration among teams.

Finding creative ways to do more with fewer resources and lower budgets remain the primary struggle for meeting planners. One meeting planner claimed that her client was looking to spend 50% less on their meeting, yet expected the same outcomes! Does this sound familiar?

One immediate solution is to utilize the more affordable end of the favored hotel brand for your big meeting.  This provides a sense of security to attendees that have become familiar with the trusted brand from previous events without causing a sense of alarm from perceived budget cuts.  Forgoing event entertainment is another common way to meet stringent budget constraints. Many businesses are attempting to focus more on content and less on frills, optimizing meeting success and decrease expenditures.

Overall Industry Statistics of Note

  • 13% are holding more regional meetings in an effort to reduce travel costs
  • 22% are compressing more meetings into less time
  • 9% are focusing more on meeting design
  • 13% are using more technology
  • 10% are using lower-cost suppliers
  • 11% are seeking innovative suppliers
  • 9% are outsourcing
  • 52% predict that their meeting budget will increase

Meetings overall are predicted to increase but unfortunately, budgets are not growing at a proportionate rate. Virtual meetings are climbing twice as fast (3.9%) as face-to-face meetings (2%), which is creating new challenges.

As costs rise on practically everything needed to plan a successful event – transportation, audio visual equipment, room nights, meeting rooms, food and beverage – meeting planners must harness their creativity more than ever to fall within budget restrictions while delivering a meeting that meets client standards.

Another interesting challenge for meeting and event planners is the existence of a “seller’s market” when it comes to hotel space reservations. A growing lack of venue availability has lead to a small supply of open space. This small supply coupled with a strong demand is leading to dramatic price increases.

Being a meeting planner in 2014 is tough, there is no way to sugar coat it. It is now more important than ever to employ the services of an experienced meeting planner who is not fazed by the challenges present.

Despite the tricky conditions existing in the meetings industry today, JNR is thriving as a boutique agency that delivers some of the most raved about events. Our experts are able to negotiate lower rates and secure venue availability even in peak meeting seasons due to our long-standing relationships with hotels, venues and other trusted partners. We have the know-how to book spaces for meetings or incentive travel programs even when everything appears to be full.

Give us a call at 800.343.4546, visit our website or send us an email at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com today to begin discussing how we can plan your next meeting or event. No matter how big or how small your budget or attendance list is, we can enable you to succeed in achieving your goals. Our 34 years of experience in the industry have helped us develop the relationships and strategy that will ensure the success of your next meeting or event.

Suggested Reading:

“Green Meetings: Why, How and Where to Hold Them”http://blog.jnrcorp.com/green-meetings/

“Cvent’s Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States 2014 List”http://www.cvent.com/RFP/DestinationGuide/DGCustomPage.aspx?dgcpstub=06945d34-a4bb-441c-8540-8f55453e46e5&cid=70100000000TRLtAAO

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Kristopher Hewkin

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Green Meetings: Why, How and Where to Hold Them

Business meetings can vary greatly in size, setting and tone, but the purpose of any successful meeting is to improve the company in some way. A meeting can be arranged to achieve objectives such as increasing sales, optimizing productivity, awarding top achievers, inspiring new ideas or producing a safer work environment.

A green meeting in particular is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “one that is organized and implemented in such a way as to minimize negative impacts on the environment and promote a positive social legacy for the host community.” The EPA recently deemed the meetings and events industry as the second most-wasteful sector in the U.S. due to the far-reaching environmental footprint left behind by air travel, audiovisual equipment, food waste and other elements.

As a result of this alarming news, many key players in the industry have addressed the problem directly and joined the movement to promote environmental sustainability. Some venues have received LEED and other green-building certifications while recycling, composting, green roofs and other eco-measures are becoming much more common. Several organizations including the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) released the ASTM/APEX standards for sustainable meetings further raising the bar on preserving environmental integrity.

At JNR Incorporated we have joined the movement to be socially responsible in our meetings in an effort to protect our planet for future generations. Ways in which we are achieving this include: utilizing local suppliers for gifts, hosting meetings at green-building certified locations, prioritizing email communication over paper collateral and using mobile ticketing, among other things. On-site, we are known to hire local services to repackage left-over food for donation, provide logo’d water bottles with fill stations to participants instead of wasteful plastic disposable water bottles and other sustainable approaches to our meeting coordination efforts. Our home building, Newport Gateway, is even LEED certified and boasts energy efficient HVAC and lighting along with practicing green cleaning and indoor air quality management. Efforts to continuously decrease our environmental footprint are ongoing.

One rather fascinating piece by GreenBiz Group editor Nikki Gloudeman listed the “Top 10 U.S. Cities for Green Meetings in 2014” and the results included a few surprises.

10. Cleveland – Two new neighboring meetings venues, The Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation, were built around the principle of sustainability.

9. Washington D.C. – The Washington Marriott Marquis will open next month as the largest hotel in the city and is expected to be one of the largest properties in the nation with LEED Silver Certification.

8. Philadelphia – The Pennsylvania Convention Center earned a LEED Gold certification for its 2011 expansion and uses a host of products made from 100 percent decompostable [sic] and biodegradable products.

7. New York City – The Javits Center which is Manhattan’s main convention complex has added a seven-acre green roof to change the heat-island effect, reduce ambient temperature of the air and improve insulation while controlling storm water runoff.

6. Nashville – The brand new Music City Center convention center has 845 solar panels, four-acre green roof with a waterproofing membrane and 14 types of vegetation and roughly half of the material used in the building was sourced within 500 miles of the site.

5. Portland – The Oregon Convention Center was the first to earn LEED certification way back in 2004 and will be renovating in an attempt to upgrade its LEED status from Silver to Gold.

4. Orlando- The Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest venue with ASTM/APEX certification thanks to LED lighting and HVAC systems, Green Seal-certified cleaning products, irrigation systems that use reclaimed water and a solar PV system.

3. Chicago – McCormick Place is the largest convention center to earn ASTM certification and has reduced energy consumption by 1.6 million kWh and increased annual waste diversion rate by 10 percent recently to maintain this status.

2. Las Vegas – A city mainly known for excess has changed as far as meetings are concerned by becoming the first and only city in the world to garner next-tier Level Two ASTM/APEX certification for the LEED Gold Sands and Venetian and LEED Silver Palazzo.

1. Denver – Probably the least surprising city on the list due to its status as a pioneer in this area, Denver became the first city to earn APEX/ASTM certification in four separate sectors: destination, meeting venue, audiovisual and food and beverage (F&B).

For more information on how to hold sustainable events, please send us an email at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com or click here for ten easy tips from the GMIC. You can also read our blog from November of 2013 pinpointing sustainability as one of the five biggest megatrends in meetings and events.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Kristopher Hewkin

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Will Virtual Meetings Erase Face-to-Face Communication?

During the recession, the meeting and events industry noticed a dramatic slump in attendance at annual conferences and business meetings due to cut budgets and an increase in travel costs. Coincidentally, the advances in technology during this time fueled the growth of meeting virtually, giving people the ability to actively participate in team meetings no matter where they are in the world.

Face-to-face social interaction, and the meeting and events industry began to take a back seat to this impersonal and detached form of communication. But the truth is, no matter what industry we’re in, we’re all in the people business. We’ll only be successful if we really get to know our customers and colleagues.

Today, meeting and event professionals are excited to discover new scientific evidence proving that face-to-face meetings generate more ideas than both video and voice-only meetings.

A recent study conducted by Meetology and the IMEX Group demonstrates that working together face-to-face not only generates more ideas, but also produces higher quality and a greater variety of ideas.

Highlights from the study include:

  • On average, face-to-face pairs generated 30 percent more ideas than virtual pairs.
  • Likewise, in face-to-face conditions, the number of ideas was 50 percent higher than the number generated under voice-only conditions and 70 percent more than under video conditions

These results appear to effect more than just the meetings and events industry. It suggests that if creativity or innovation is the aim for any team or company, then face-to-face collaboration is more efficient and productive. Place your team in the same room, and away from the computer, and you may be more likely to produce a high volume of fresh, new ideas.

Human face-to-face interaction is, and will continue to be, the most effective form of communication. Live meetings deliver the rich, potent experiences that virtual meetings can’t. They deliver motivation along with messaging, and inspiration with information.

For more information on creating successful meetings and events contact us at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com or visit our website and www.jnrcorp.com

Kelly Woolsey