SITE members – and 13,500 industry professionals total – recently made the 9th edition of IMEX America yet another record-smashing success. At the Sands Expo in sensational Las Vegas, we gathered again for the country’s largest trade show for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry. The whole world came out for this important opportunity to connect with key players, drive business, and learn and generate innovative ideas.
The numbers don’t lie: It was an incredibly productive week for all of us. In fact, at least 76,000 total appointments were fulfilled between buyers and 3,500+ exhibiting companies from 155 countries. No wonder this annual phenomenon is known as “the heartbeat of the global business events community!"
And SITE, of course, played a vital part, both on and off the show floor. Each of our events fulfilled three essential pillars – connect, learn and discover – ensuring a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Check out the SITE Global and local Chapter activities that took place:
SITE Young Leaders Conference
Even ahead of the trade show, we were on a roll, at the annual SITE Young Leaders Conference. From Sunday to Monday, more than 90 SITE Young Leaders from around the world assembled at the Park MGM Las Vegas to learn, energize and focus on career goals with other next-generation incentive travel industry leaders.
2019 Incentive Travel Industry Index Results Presentation by SITE, IRF and FICP
On Monday, we co-presented findings from the 2019 Incentive Travel Industry Index, our latest survey and the most comprehensive research ever into the incentive travel industry and its future evolution. It was conducted by SITE, the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), in partnership with Oxford Economics. Watch the video, which was livestreamed on our Facebook page.
SITE NITE North America
Before the trade show kicked off, we kicked up our heels at the annual SITE NITE North America. We spiced things up with a brand-new, alluring venue, KAOS Nightclub in Palms Casino Resort. This breezy, poolside party boasted record registration – over 1,600 incentive travel professionals and friends. Together, we mixed, mingled and toasted to the SITE Degrees of Separation that connect us all. The SITE Foundation – and the industry itself – will continue to yield benefits from this exhilarating fundraiser.
SITE Australia and New Zealand Chapter Launch
Tuesday brought the thrilling launch of the SITE Australia and New Zealand Chapter. During a joyous reception sponsored by Business Events Australia, the Australia booth was overflowing with SITE members and industry friends celebrating this wonderful addition to SITE’s global presence and the incentive travel industry. The Chapter already boasts 34 members – and counting! Read more about it.
ISE 2020 Announcement – Davos, Switzerland
Over at the Switzerland booth, we gave the inside scoop on SITE Incentive Summit Europe (ISE). We officially announced that the next ISE will convene at the stunning InterContinental Hotel in Davos, Switzerland on March 26-29, 2020. SongDivision stopped by and wrote a song about ISE and sang it in the booth. Watch the video here. Stay tuned for more details about this elite annual event, which promises extraordinary networking, learning and destination immersion.
SITE Reception Sponsored by AIC Hotel Group
On Wednesday evening, AIC Hotel Group generously hosted a fabulous reception, inviting all SITE members. We took over their entire booth, high-spirited and spilling out into the trade show floor aisles. At the end of a very busy day, it was just what we needed. We were grateful for this chance to take a breather, be refreshed and simply catch up with each other.
Certified Incentive Travel Professional Exam
While at IMEX America, some colleagues took the CITP exam, to earn this distinctive designation for mid-management incentive travel practitioners. As part of the CITP Class of 2019, with this tangible endorsement of their skills, knowledge and competency in our industry, they’re now well on their way to further career advancement and stronger business relationships.
SITE Booth Shenanigans
Booth B228 served as SITE HQ, where members and guests could say “hi” and find details about SITE happenings. Featured was a video recording station where they shared stories of SITE Degrees of Separation and how SITE has connected them within the incentive industry.
Aoife McCrum, our Director of Digital & Social Media Marketing, held complimentary Social Media Clinics. Sam Edidin, SITE’s Senior Account Manager of Business Development, was there to talk sponsorships. Plus, our Member Get a Member referral incentive, valid only during IMEX America week, proved a success yet again.
Mark your calendar now for next year. SITE and its industry community will return again for IMEX America’s 10th anniversary show, located at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas on September 15-17, 2020. Make plans to join us!