SITE at IMEX Frankfurt
16-18 May 2017
IMEX in Frankfurt is the efficient, one-stop-shop for planners looking to book and organise worldwide meetings, events and incentive travel programmes. 3,500 exhibitors come to IMEX each year (including tourist boards, convention bureaus, international hotel chains, airlines and destination management companies). They're poised to do business with the 9,000 visitors (including almost 4,000 hosted buyers) who attend during three energetic and very inspirational days. IMEX buzzes with activity, sound and energy, driving business with the force of global opportunities. If you’re in the meetings industry, this is the show for you.
This SITE Foundation event brings together SITE members, industry colleagues and top Hosted Buyers the night before IMEX 2017 for an evening of networking and business exchanges. Join us for a chance to build new relationships with prospective clients and strengthening existing ones, all while supporting the research and mission of the SITE Foundation. Learn more >
Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) Course
Sunday, 14 May: 8:00 - 16:00 & Monday, 15 April 8:00 - 13:00
Room Logos, Second Floor, Level 9.1., Hall 9
Participants will—in a two day seminar/workshop—learn the fundamentals of incentives, the origins of incentive programs and incentive travel, the value chain, the value proposition of motivational programs and non-cash awards, the composition of the market, the makings of a program and a program budget, industry tools and platforms and other valuable information. All emerging professionals, faculty members and students aspiring to enter this specialized segment of the meetings and events industry may use CIS as a stepping stone to reach higher levels of professionalism.
The cost is $875 USD ( $750USD for SITE members).To register for the course, please click here.
Selling Incentive Travel to Business Leaders
Tuesday, 16 May, 09:00 - 09:50
Room Motiv, Second Floor, Level 9.1., Hall 9
Is an incentive program an expense or an investment? This Course applies tools to justify using incentive travel as a strategic tool to drive business goals. Topics cover determining performance gaps and business goals, establishing metrics, and quantifying the results of the incentive program.
Presenter: Daryl Keywood
Daryl Keywood is the Managing Director and CEO at Walthers - Destination Business Solutions Africa, an award winning company with a strong focus on Incentives and Conferences. The business is internationally recognised as a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes. Daryl has a deep passion for Africa and its people, travelling 3-4 months of each year marketing and accompanying clients within the continent. Daryl is a past Chapter President of SITE Southern Africa and currently sits on the SITE International Board of Directors.
Bridging the Gap
Brought to you by the SITE Young Leaders Program
Tuesday, 16 May, 16:30 - 17:30
Room: Seminar Hall 9.2
Join the SITE Young Leaders program for a panel discussion that explores similarities and differences in generational views of trending topics in the incentive travel industry. Topics will include; current challenges in our global industry such as the aviation ban on electronics, terrorism, and political instability; how to set millennials or entry-level employees up for success in the current marketplace; and how to leverage creativity to produce highly engaging programs on a budget.
Moderator: Cosimo Bruzzese, Vice President of Business Development, Briggs
Alejandro Verzoub, President, AV Business & Communication
Padraic Gilligan, Managing Director, SoolNua
Greg Byrnes, International Event Sales Director, Northstar Meetings Group
Stuart Thornton, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hotel Solutions
The Link between Motivation and Incentives
Wednesday, 17 May, 09:00 - 09:50
Room Esprit, Second Floor, Level 9.1., Hall 9
What’s your motivation to change? This Course will equip participants with the “whys” of incentive travel: why incentive travel works as a vehicle for loyalty and engagement, and how it can be used as a tool to foster behavior change.
Hugo Slimbrouck spent his entire career in the hospitality and meetings industry. After years in hotel sales and marketing with some leading brands from 1976 to 1995, he moved to open the convention bureau of his hometown Bruges. Following this he joined the event agency sector as managing director of a medium sized agency in Brussels and moved to the MCI Group in 2006. Here he participated in the development of the Ovation Global DMC brand and is responsible for the entire worldwide network of strategic partners. Hugo Slimbrouck is a past president of SITE (the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence) and past chair of JMIC (the Joint Meetings Industry Council). On behalf of SITE, Hugo looks after the EMEA region as director of business development.
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SITE Member Reception (sponsored by Munich Convention Bureau)
Tuesday, 16 May, 16:00 - 17:00 hrs.
Location: Munich Stand G160
Join the SITE Leadership for our members-only luncheon as we visit with our Munich partners!
SITE Chapter Leaders Meeting
Wednesday, 17 May, 11:30 - 13:00 hrs.
Location: Dialog Room, Level 9.2, Hall 9
If you are a current member of a SITE Chapter Board of Directors, please join us for our in-person luncheon and meeting with the SITE Leadership and fellow Chapter Leaders to get the latest updates on our strategic priorities and share best practices. By invite only, contact SITE@SITEglobal.com.