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Adam Lawhorne of MIE is interviewed in a supplement to Successful Meetings magazine’s October 4th issue…

Meet, Convene, Reward in Mexico

By Patricia Alisau
October, 2004 (excerpts)

Welcoming Incentives

Speaking of beach resorts-think dreamy sunsets, fragrant tropical gardens, and lush body massages-they are the perfect rewards for high achievers. If incentives are on your agenda, Mexico is ideal for pampering your clients in luxurious surroundings and at the right price, says Adam Lawhorne, president of Meeting Incentive Experts in Oakland Terrace, Ill., who’s been specializing in Mexico for 12 years. “Mexico is a great country to do business in because of the value and hospitality.”

Such destinations as Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, and Los Cabos have a magical ring and are some of the most sought after spots for incentives. Up and comers like the Riviera Maya, which is just starting to toot its horn, are adding hotels and tourist attractions faster than you can drink a cerveza.

Ninety top software performers from Chicago got to experience the Riviera Maya first hand at the allinclusive Royal Hideaway. The threenight program, which Lawhorne helped design, included a welcome reception overlooking the Caribbean with a 10-piece Mariachi band and free time to fish or golf the next day, with an optional shopping trip to Playa del Carmen. Boarding a French trimaran the last day, the group snorkeled near the Mayan ruins of Tulum, with an open bar and lunch on board, and finished with a private candlelit Italian dinner at the hotel.

“They loved the hotel and said it was the best hotel they had had for an incentive program,” Lawhorne says. “They were amazed with the quality of the food and service.”

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