Meet Your Way to Fitness

Health and fitness is emphasized now more than ever before. With the abundance of processed food and stationary jobs, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to counteract the effects of the environments we live and work in. Lack of time is one of the biggest obstacles the working population faces when it comes to fitness, especially when employees are traveling for business several times a year. It can be very difficult to find an effective wellness routine when you are on the road. Luckily, many companies and meeting planners understand this struggle and are beginning to incorporate health and fitness into the business travel work environment.  Studies show that a healthy workforce is equivalent to increased profitability and productivity.  In addition, your organization will see a high-performance staff with minimal healthcare costs- all positive factors to your bottom line.

Below are some ideas to help keep your employees and attendees healthy and active while on-site.

Provide healthy food options

A healthy diet is the key to any wellness routine. However, while traveling and working, we may find ourselves making less than healthy choices. This is why it is important to provide well-balanced meal options for attendees. According to nutritionist Kasey Brixius, in order to maintain energy and focus during meetings, it is essential to include lean protein, quality carbohydrates and healthy fats in every meal and snack. An easy way to do this is to provide build-your-own-meal stations that cater to different preferences. The breakfast stations can include a build-your-own yogurt parfait, while a salad bar is a great option for lunch or dinner.

Incorporate fitness activities

Fitness classes are a fun and unique way to keep attendees active. The Spa at JW Marriott Chicago recently announced the hotel’s first wellness program, “Fit Meetings,” which is actually tailored for meeting and events. Fit Meetings includes 3 breakout “meeting enhancements” which include meditation, strength training, and yoga based stretching sessions. For those who want to take their fitness to the next level, the program offers private wellness classes including scenic runs, fitness orientations and nutrition courses. If your program does not allow the time to include classes like these, even allotting for small breaks of aerobic activity will help energize the brain and the body.

Choose an active location

Choosing an active location is an easy way to keep attendees on their feet. According to Carolyn Blackburn, there are several fitness options throughout the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Oregon provides hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. Portland is also the home of Forest Park, containing over 80 miles of trails. “Meeting attendees love its paved trails for a quick walk or bike ride,” says regional communications manager for Travel Portland, Alacia Lauer. Another fitness friendly location is Seattle, Washington. “Wellness is part of Seattle’s core,” says Kelly Sailing, Director of Convention Services at Visit Seattle. Seattle’s Convention Center is home to several healthy eateries, making it easy for attendees to pick up a quick nutritious bite to eat while on the road.

If you would like more information on how JNR can incorporate wellness aspects into your next meeting or event, call us today at 1 800.343.4546 or email info@jnrcorp.com.


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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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JNR Joins Global Meetings Industry Day

Today Meeting and Event Planners across the globe are recognized for the immense influence Meetings and Events have on our economy.  April 14, 2016 marks the first Global Meetings Industry Day #GMID16 and celebrations throughout the world are taking place to commemorate the importance of our industry.

Business Meetings are often taken for granted, however, study after study shows that it is these large scale dialogue settings that move us forward, spark innovations and solidify relationships, propelling business ahead.

Today, like many days, JNR finds itself teaming with DMC partners, transportation logistic groups, leading production companies, on-site staff, hotels, airline partners and so many others that seamlessly come together to create motivating, change- inspiring Meetings and Events.   With teams in Irvine and Napa, California, Mexico, New Orleans, Colorado and two VPs in Las Vegas for #GMID16 celebrations, we are doing our part to move our economy in a positive direction by facilitating an environment where advancement happens.   We cheers to our colleagues in the industry as we bring attention to this important day.

To learn more visit #GMID16,  #JNRMeansBusiness and #MMB16 and join in the conversation.

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.

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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The Realities of Travel Operations

After two prep days (and two nights of disjointed sleep due to jet lag) arrival day is finally here. Welcome packets are stuffed, room gifts wrapped and we are ready to rock and roll! As a meeting planner we spend months meticulously planning every last detail down to the pattern of china for the gala event or how to word an amenity card. On a larger scale, we have to painstakingly plan how to move 90 people (and their luggage!) from three nights in Prague to two nights in Vienna, which is not an easy feat. But with the right partnership of hotels and suppliers it can go off without a hitch and be a huge success.

Yet there are always elements out of our control such as weather or a migration of refugees through Europe. Currently I am dealing with the latter. While my heart goes out to the refugees, my ultimate concern at the moment has to be for the care and safety of my attendees. Fortunately our program moves south from Prague to Vienna, against the flow of the migration.  We are on a privately chartered train that ends at a local train station just outside Vienna and will not be arriving in a large international station flooded with refugees and heightened emotions.

My local partners have assured me that all is calm in the Vienna city center and from what I see on the news; there is nothing to contradict those statements. But I have to be proactive and plan for contingencies, first of which is concerning myself with attendees post-extending in Germany. At this moment the German borders are closed preventing train travel between Austria and Germany.  Therefore we have had to assist a few attendees in booking flights to their next destination. I am also prepared to add security in Vienna should the situation change for the worse.

While many of you only see the glamorous side of this business, there are very real realities we have to deal with that we could have never anticipated months ago. Instead, we have to be a buttoned up with the details we can control so if a situation does arise, we are ready to jump into action.

We have three more days until we travel to Vienna and are moving forward as planned. But as I sit here at 1:45 AM (thank you jet lag) watching the BBC World News, I am monitoring and planning for the unexpected.

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Written by Laurel Axelrod