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5 April 2018

SITE Incentive Summit Americas 2018, Utah, USA

An exclusive opportunity that brings together cross-functional incentive travel leaders to network, share learnings and grow business. The agenda includes: Engaging and relevant education targeting sophisticated industry professionals; Friendly gatherings, such as a welcome reception, downtown Dine Arounds, delicious meals and a closing evening event; Rejuvenating activities, like skiing, snowmobiling, spa experiences, a Mines & Wines Tour,…

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IRF 2018 Trends Study

The IRF 2018 Trends Study highlights ten key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2018. From market optimism to concerns about risk and safety, the study identifies key areas of change and their implications for workforce engagement, incentive travel and recognition. IRF 2018 Trends Study (IRF website version)

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Attending Conferences Doubles Promotion Chances

What makes a good conference? Pádraic Gilligan picks again over the recent SITE + MPI Global Forum in Rome. But he reaches the Eternal City via a Harvard Business Review article about US women’s networking events, and research revealing that those attending were twice as likely to be promoted within a year than the no-shows. From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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2018’s Key Incentive Trends Named

Increasing regulation, rising business optimism, and a growing appetite for wellness: these are some of the things shaping incentive travel, reward and recognition programmes in 2018. So says the Incentive Research Foundation, which has published its annual study highlighting the top incentive trends that will affect organizations in the year ahead. From Meetings & Conventions…

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4 November 2018

Marriott Commission Cut: Independent Planners React

Marriott International is cutting to seven percent the standard ten percent commission paid to group intermediaries in the US and Canada. The move prompted fierce reaction from the industry, much collated above in News. But Iceberg partner Northstar has also filmed video interviews with organisers at its Independent Planner Education Conference. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Marriott Commission Cut Prompts Planner Outrage

Marriott International is slashing the industry-standard ten percent commission paid to group intermediaries. From March 31st the rate will be seven percent for hotels sourced in the US and Canada. The move prompted outrage from planners, many of whom rely solely on commission revenue. Iceberg partner Northstar has collated substantial coverage. From Meetings & Conventions…

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4 March 2018

Destinations International 2018 CMO Summit, Pennsylvania, USA

Destinations International’s CMO Summit is your opportunity to join fellow marketing leaders and colleagues to discuss the evolving role of destination marketers and how your destination adapts to the dynamic landscape of place-making. Designed for professionals in leadership positions within the marketing department of their organizations, including Chief Marketing Officers, VPs and Directors, the CMO Summit…

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16 November 2018

2018 CMP Conclave, Alabama, USA

Conclave is the industry’s only exclusive meeting of CMPs. The Conclave is a unique event for CMPs who wish to contribute to their profession, while advancing their own knowledge and skills, and expanding their professional network. Join your fellow CMPs to gain insight on unique perspectives and experiences throughout the industry to gather CE and network.

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Didier Scaillet Appointed SITE CEO

Didier Scaillet has been appointed CEO (Chief Excellence Officer) of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence. The Belgian has a background in Association Management and previous worked for Meeting Professionals International. Scaillet replaces outgoing CEO Kevin Hinton, who announced his retirement in October having led the Chicago-based organisation since 2013. From Association Meetings International…

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Healthy Growth and Record Revenue for PCMA

While an attempt to to form the largest ever human guitar didn’t quite break the world record, the Professional Convention Management Association did announce strong financial growth and record revenue at its annual Convening Leaders event. Membership globally now totals 7,000, with more than half attending in Nashville. From Association Meetings International…

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US Meetings Industry Generates $330bn Per Year

The United States meetings industry generates a massive $330 billion annually, according to the Events Industry Council’s latest Meetings Significance Survey. This is a $50 billion rise since 2014’s first report. In 2016, 1.9 million US meetings took place. The study canvassed 1,300 planners, 9,000 domestic business travellers and 50,000 international travellers. From Meetings & Conventions…

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