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Is it Safe to Travel to Mexico?

5 Mar

Island Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I was a bit puzzled when I read a few days ago the Texas Department of Public Safety once again advises vacationers to avoid traveling to Mexico for spring break. Although no formal advisory was issued this year, officials made it clear through media outlets that “the stance has not changed” and violence is still prevalent.

As I wrote around this time last year, we can’t deny that the drug-related terror and violence doesn’t exist. It does and it is tragic. However, I can still say, with 100 percent certainty, that I still feel safe in Mexico.

Even the U.S. State Department, in its latest Mexico traveling warning, gave the green light to tourists. From Cabo to Cancun, from San Miguel de Allende and Leon to Chichen Itza, the calm of Mexican culture awaits. Indecently, this last report broke down each region in Mexico, giving travelers a zoomed-in look at potential threats state-by-state. Regardless, State says that resort destinations are safe.

I have a client that takes his company’s President’s Club to Mexico every year. Overall, the service at some of the more luxurious Mexican resorts far surpasses that of the Bahamas and Caribbean. Mexico is beautiful, affordable, accessible, hassle-free and, most of all, safe.

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30 Jan

Welcome to Motivation Nation!  I will use this platform to weigh-in on current events associated with travel and incentives. Much of the conversation will be dedicated to motivating people – how you motivate desired behaviors.  I invite you to subscribe to Motivation Nation by email or RSS and, by all means, ask questions. I want to know what you think.

For my first post I thought it would be a good idea to share a little bit more about myself.

I grew up in the travel and incentive industry. My father, Tom Conlin, opened Conlin Travel in 1959 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Growing up in the ‘70’s, I began my career by working at Conlin Travel a few hours after high school and then during the summers. Back in the day… that involved calling the airlines to book reservations and then “hand writing” tickets. We’ve come a long way since the deregulation of the industry and those very first American Airlines Sabre reservations systems. Thirty years ago, I could not have imagined the likes of Thirty years from now, I guess it will be as simple as, “Siri, book us to Cabo, and read my mind to get the details”.

Today, the Conlin Incentive Group is just one of a “family of companies” connected with Conlin Travel. I also partner with my brother, Chris Conlin, managing alumni sports tours for a few Big Ten university alumni associations. Conlin Athletic Tours has the expertise to move thousands of alumni and fans to various post-season bowl tour destinations.

For the past 15 years, I have focused more of my time on the Conlin Incentive Group helping companies manage their larger meetings and incentive trips, along with providing individual incentives to bolster key relationships and to maximize their revenue opportunities.

Nothing in business is easy, and most of our B2B customers are selling to intermediaries on a non-exclusive basis. Our role is to help our clients build key relationships with employees, customers and owners alike. It’s competitive out there, and the difference between making the sale, or not, most always comes down to the relationships our clients build with their customers. We see the 80/20 rule in play most of the time (80% of client’s revenues come from 20% of the client’s customers), so events that we manage are designed to enhance our client’s brand and to position their teams for success. When you gather clients and their key customers for a national meeting or for an award trip in a resort destination, and include spouses/significant others, you can build loyalty. And the economics of loyalty result in premiums. You realize premium sales volume, premium margins, premium trial and adoption of new products and services. And, when you have an issue to resolve, those who have a solid and long term relationship come to terms more equitably and more quickly.

I have been in the travel industry for over thirty years. This depth has provided me with the ability to consult with clients to maximize their opportunities. I absolutely enjoy the role we play to help our clients, and I appreciate every opportunity for the Conlin Incentive Group.

Thank you very much for visiting my new blog – Motivation Nation. I look forward to reading your comments in the months and years ahead. In my next entry, I will share my hopes for American Airlines. Stay tuned!

~ Steve Conlin