April 2018
issue
Cover Story Creative Strategies to Make Your Message Come Alive By

A planner’s reputation in part depends on attendees’ reaction to the event; and the entertainment component, like the cuisine, is one of those features that tends to color the entire experience.

Full Story
Features
Let These Meetings Industry Pros — and Your Conscience — Be Your Guide By

Every industry faces ethics challenges, and meeting planning certainly is no exception. Something that looks like an incentive can be intended as a bribe.

Full Story
Interactive F&B Experiences Connect Attendees to Their Meetings By

As corporate meeting and event patrons become food savvy and demand a wider range of flavors, unique food and beverage options are now viewed as a straightforward way to please attendees and keep them coming back for more.

Full Story
The Digital World Increases the Importance of Face-to-Face Networking By

Social media has made us more networked that ever. It’s easy to connect with people around the world from our desks and living rooms whether we’re wearing a suit or pajamas.

Full Story
Security Experts Address Planners’ Top Concerns for International Meetings By

Corporate meeting planners, particularly those who manage large meetings abroad, are concerned about the safety and security of their attendees and staff more than ever.

Full Story
Destinations
Vibrant and Unique Meeting Experiences Abound, From the Mile High City to Mountain Towns By

With its abundance of new restaurants, hotels and venues, Colorado is one of the nation’s healthiest, economically strong and most desirable states.

Full Story
A Meetings Mecca Always on the Move With New Experiences and Inspiring Spaces By

Orlando works hard to continually reinvent itself, focusing on the key factors that are most important to planners.

Full Story
Perspective

On May 25th, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable and the magnitude of its implications for the meetings industry is indeed huge.

Full Story

If you shy away from buffets over plated meals, it may be time to take another look at all that buffets have to offer.

Full Story

How to create more strategic, authentic travel solutions that inspire growth, loyalty and ROI.

Full Story
April 2018
issue
Cover Story Creative Strategies to Make Your Message Come Alive By

A planner’s reputation in part depends on attendees’ reaction to the event; and the entertainment component, like the cuisine, is one of those features that tends to color the entire experience.

Full Story
Features
Let These Meetings Industry Pros — and Your Conscience — Be Your Guide By

Every industry faces ethics challenges, and meeting planning certainly is no exception. Something that looks like an incentive can be intended as a bribe.

Full Story
Interactive F&B Experiences Connect Attendees to Their Meetings By

As corporate meeting and event patrons become food savvy and demand a wider range of flavors, unique food and beverage options are now viewed as a straightforward way to please attendees and keep them coming back for more.

Full Story
The Digital World Increases the Importance of Face-to-Face Networking By

Social media has made us more networked that ever. It’s easy to connect with people around the world from our desks and living rooms whether we’re wearing a suit or pajamas.

Full Story
Security Experts Address Planners’ Top Concerns for International Meetings By

Corporate meeting planners, particularly those who manage large meetings abroad, are concerned about the safety and security of their attendees and staff more than ever.

Full Story
Destinations
Vibrant and Unique Meeting Experiences Abound, From the Mile High City to Mountain Towns By

With its abundance of new restaurants, hotels and venues, Colorado is one of the nation’s healthiest, economically strong and most desirable states.

Full Story
A Meetings Mecca Always on the Move With New Experiences and Inspiring Spaces By

Orlando works hard to continually reinvent itself, focusing on the key factors that are most important to planners.

Full Story
Perspective

On May 25th, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable and the magnitude of its implications for the meetings industry is indeed huge.

Full Story

If you shy away from buffets over plated meals, it may be time to take another look at all that buffets have to offer.

Full Story

How to create more strategic, authentic travel solutions that inspire growth, loyalty and ROI.

Full Story
  • Snapshots
    SITE Florida & Caribbean Theater Night The SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter sponsored a night at the theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale for a performance of “Wicked” in February. The evening — a hosted planner event — included a private reception and dinner in the JetBlue Flight Deck at the Club Level of the theater. 1 (L to r) Rita Lopez, Riverside Hotel; Alex Castellanos, Paradisus Punta Cana; Ezra Quintanar, Paradisus Cancun & Playa del Carmen; John Iannini, V.P., Melia Hotels International – America and 2018 president of the SITE Foundation; Jorge Colona, regional director of group sales, Melia Hotels International; Maxine Lockhart, Red Lion Hotel Corporation; Vicki Ascione, V Event Management; Brandon Hall, Discover the Palm Beaches; Filippo Ascione, V Event Management; Dana Weaver, Growmark; Bill Sellmer, SMI Travel Inc.; (unidentified); Jim Marzullo, Ultimate Incentives.
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    SITE Florida & Caribbean Theater Night The SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter sponsored a night at the theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale for a performance of “Wicked” in February. (L to r) Francis Purvey, E.V.P., Sunlark Associates; Maura Dominguez-Zhang, managing partner, Synergy-Connect and 2018 president of SITE Florida & Caribbean; and Paula Carlson, senior group sales manager, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.
    Credit: Christie's Photographic Solutions
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    SITE Florida & Caribbean Theater Night The SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter sponsored a night at the theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale for a performance of “Wicked” in February. (L to R) Marissa Torres and Dahlton Bennington of PROfound Planning; Danielle Dunfee, global DOS, Benchmark Hospitality.
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    SITE Florida & Caribbean Theater Night The SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter sponsored a night at the theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale for a performance of “Wicked” in February. The Melia Hotels team included (l to r) Alex Castellanos, Ezra Quintanar, John Iannini, Rodrigo Martinez and Jorge Colona.
    Credit: Christie's Photographic Solutions
  • Snapshots
    SITE Crystal Award Winners The 2017 SITE Crystal Award winners were represented by seven companies and their clients from around the globe. The awards were presented at the SITE + MPI Global Forum, which took place January 12–14 in Rome.
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    Caribbean Travel Marketplace Meet Puerto Rico kicked off 2018 by hosting its first major convention January 30–February 1 — the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace.
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    Caribbean Travel Marketplace Meet Puerto Rico kicked off 2018 by hosting its first major convention January 30–February 1 — the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace.
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    Celebrity Cruises Helps Galapagos Conservation Celebrity Cruises partnered with Galapagos National Park to plant more than 30,000 trees on Santa Cruz Island, in Los Gemelos, and helping to conserve this pristine archipelago that’s home to flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.
  • Snapshots
    SITE + MPI Global Forum Nearly 600 meeting and incentive professionals from around the world came together in Rome for the inaugural SITE + MPI Global Forum held January 12–14 at the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria. Rhea Stagner, SITE Foundation president 2017, introduces John Iannini as SITE Foundation president 2018. Credit: Eco DMS and One Happy Photographer
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    SITE + MPI Global Forum SITE Chicago president and chapter members accept the award for SITE Chapter of the Year 2017. Credit: Eco DMS and One Happy Photographer
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    SITE + MPI Global Forum After serving two years as SITE president, Rajeev Kohli passes the gavel to Annamaria Ruffini, SITE president 2018. Credit: Eco DMS and One Happy Photographer
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    SITE + MPI Global Forum Leaders from both SITE and MPI gather for a dinner to kick off the SITE + MPI Global Forum. Credit: Eco DMS and One Happy Photographer
industry
events

April 18-20, 2018
Africa Travel Week
Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
Cape Town, South Africa
www.africatravelweek.com

April 23-26, 2018
Destinations International CEO Summit
Fairmont Southampton
Southampton, Bermuda
202-296-7888
www.destinationsinternational.org

April 29-May 1, 2018
Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE)
Global Corporate Travel Conference
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
New York, NY
https://www.acte.org/allevents.htm

April 29–May 1, 2018
RPI (Recognition Professionals International) Annual Conference
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Nashville, TN
615-320-1700
www.recognition.org

May 2, 2018
PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards
Marriott Marquis
Washington, DC
877-827-7262
www.pcma.org

May 6–12, 2018
U.S. Travel Association – National Travel and Tourism Week Nationwide
Angelica Wroblewski
202-218-3608
awroblewski@ustravel.org
www.ustravel.org

May 7-9, 2018
Rewards and Recognition Expo
Hilton Galveston
Galveston, TX
www.RewardsandRecognitionExpo.com

May 8-10, 2018
INDABA
Durban Exhibition Centre
Durban, South Africa
+27 11 483 2501/21
www.indaba-southafrica.co.za

May 14, 2018
SITE Nite Europe
Frankfurt, Germany
312-321-5148
www.siteglobal.com

May 15-17, 2018
IMEX Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings & Events
Hall 8
Messe Frankfurt, Germany
+44 1273 227311
www.imex-frankfurt.com

May 19–23, 2018
U.S. Travel Association — IPW
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
202-408-8422
www.ipw.com

For the full Industry Events Calendar, click here.

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