Gifting Suite / Custom Pop-Up Shop

  Caribbean Trading Company's Gifting Suite / Pop up Shop  offers a full variety of items from all of our artisans (we regularly purchase from over 45 local artisans) and high-quality souvenirs and beach & leisure with knowledgeable staff that can tell you about the artists and their history and perspective.  Bringing to you a little bit of this and a little bit of that, there will surely be something to appeal to everyone.  Will be an assortment of ceramics, prints, wood, jewelry, cigars, glass, and more! Offering a boutique custom shopping experience- we’ll bring the best of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to your guests!  Offering a full var ---Read More

2016 Meetings Merchandise Trends

Successful Meetings recently put out their results and trends for the 2016 meetings merchandise trends and they are interesting!  At the end of the day, gifts are being used to enhance the experience..... (Source: Successful Meetings) Of the respondents, 46 percent were corporate planners, 30 percent were independent or third party planners, and 24 percent worked for associations. Of that pool, 63 percent reported that merchandise offers were an effective or extremely effective way to enhance the attendee experience at an event. Here's what else they had to say. ---Read More

The On-Site Gifting Experience

Successful Meetings recently put out their results and trends for the 2016 meetings merchandise trends and they are interesting!  One of the major trends is on-site gifting experiences.  This is not an entirely new concept... Caribbean Trading Company, among others have been doing it for over 10 years.  However, it is gaining popularity, as the push for experiences and choice have gained ground. Some of the on-site gifting events that Caribbean Trading Company offers in Puerto Rico for our incentive groups: A Gift Event brings fun and excitement and the Gift of ---Read More

Gift-Giving Is Complicated—Especially When Related to Meetings and Incentives

puerto rico corporate gifts Originally published on Meetings Net on Dec 16, 2015 by Sue Pelletier It was the last night of the conference, and I was thrilled when I returned to my room to find a gorgeous glass oil lamp—the organizer’s thank-you for attending. It was a thing of beauty indeed—I had a spot all picked out for it in my living room. The next morning, I came down to find a lobby in chaos. Word had filtered back from the attendees who left first that the airlines weren’t allowing the lamps on board. Even though this happened pre-9/11, airlines sti ---Read More

Protecting your Attendees from the Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

mosquito puerto rico Over the last few months as the Zika virus has become more of an international concern, and in Puerto Rico, there have been many questions in regards to the best type of bug spray to be using.  Puerto Rico is still a safe destination, as long as you are taking some precautions.  The nost important thing you can do is educate your attendees and provide them with bug spray.  There are many types of insect repellants out there and it can be confusing on the best way to protect your self from Zika and mosquitos.  The CDC recommends using repellent, treated clothing and bed-netting to prevent mosquito bites when traveling in areas where Zika vi ---Read More

International Gift Etiquette

[caption id="attachment_1827" align="alignleft" width="822"][ File # csp10596586, License # 1987756 ] Licensed through in accordance with the End User License Agreement ( (c) Can Stock Photo Inc. / 3DDock Here are some tips on international gift etiquette by country....[/caption]Asia (China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand) China: • When presenting or receiving a gift, use both hands. • Gifts are not opened in the presence of the giver. • Avoid giving the Chinese gifts, which the majority color is white, black or blue. The colors are associated with death in Chi ---Read More

Personalizing Travel Rewards

003 2This was originally posted on SpearOnes Blog and was Posted on September 10th, 2014 by Kelly Parisi. You can read the original article here “You know what you need to do to maximize sales performance?  Personalize rewards!”  If you are in the meetings & incentives industry, you’ve heard that personalization and memorability are important to picking the right award types for your audience.  Employees are more likely to appreciate awards that are tailored to their specific interests, which leads to increased engagement and sales results. But ---Read More

In Room Gift Tips for Incentive Travel

canstockphoto32455397This article was originally published in Incentive Magazine. You can find it in its’ original format here. By Jacquelin Carnegie Everyone loves a nice tote bag and a cute T-shirt, but in-room gifts deserve as much consideration as any other important element of an incentive travel program. They are not something to add on to a program willy-nilly at the last minute. “In-room and pillow gifts provide an opportunity to communicate a corporate message about the brand,” says Fay Beauchine, executive vice president of engagement and events f ---Read More

Results of 2015 Corporate Gift Survey from ASI

corporate gift givingThis article is reposted from Meetings Net. Here is the link to the original article</a>.The annual corporate gift-giving report released today by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) shows companies that are rewarding employees with cash or gifts this holiday season are spending an average of $44, up nearly 16% from 2014. Further, companies thanking clients plan to give gifts averaging $48, up 9% from 2014. Food or beverages are the most popular items for customers and prospects, followed by useful office items like pens ---Read More

Trophy Value & Its Importance When Selecting Rewards

Trophy Value       By Dennis O. Borst (Sourced from PIP Magazine) How many times have you stopped at an ATM on the way home from work on a Friday night to get cash for the weekend? After withdrawing $100, you head home to start 48 hours of fun and relaxation. On Saturday morning you get up, throw on a pair of jeans, and as you're placing your money clip in your pocket you make a quick count of the cash remaining from the previous day's withdrawal. All you have left is $22. Where did $78 go in less than 24 hours? You backtrack your expenditures in your mind from the past 12 hours, counting ---Read More