SITE Past Presidents Hugo Slimbrouck (2007) and Pádraic Gilligan (2008) represented SITE at Meet the Bidder/ ITEX Gala in Warsaw, Poland last week.
Co-hosted this year with SITE Poland, the ITEX (Incentive Travel Excellence) Gala placed the spotlight firmly on the global impact of incentive travel with warmly received interventions from SITE members Krzysztof Celuch (SITE Poland), Liu Ping (SITE China) and Pádraic Gilligan (SITE HQ).
Krzysztof highlighted the unique characteristics of the Business Events industry drawing on his extensive academic research to demonstrate how interpersonal relationships are the beating heart of what we do for a living. Check out his brand new publication, Let Convention Bureaus Flourish.
Liu Ping then brought us to a village in China where, for decades, time has been standing still. She introduced us to the Dong ethnic minority with a rendition, captured on video, of the “Song of Dong” which is on the UNESCO world intangible cultural heritage list.
Finally, SITE’s Chief Marketing Officer, Pádraic Gilligan, told a personal story of how he discovered the real transformational power of incentive travel when he spoke to a veteran qualifier at an event in Austria who shared how, over 40 years with the Insurance Company, winning incentive travel contests had taken him all over the world, providing him with a cultural breadth of understanding that, otherwise, he would not have had.
Gilligan and Slimbrouck also participated at the SITE Poland board meeting and were on hand to congratulate the newly elected President, Grażyna Grot-Duziak of Weco Travel.