In 1973, Site’s founders set out to create a global community representing incentive travel and motivational experiences professionals. As Site celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013, the association has achieved that preeminent position in the industry and looks forward to continuing to enhance its buyer/supplier networks, educational events, and platforms, such as GIBTM, to share knowledge and build business relationships.
“This is an exciting year for Site as we celebrate 40 Years Forward,” said Site President David Sand, CEO of Uwin Iwin Incentives, South Africa. “Throughout 2013, we will recognize and emphasize Site’s mission to create a global community of incentive travel and motivational experiences professionals. My goal as President is to ensure that we bring to the table the diverse voices of Site members worldwide and that we work together to meet the needs and expectations of our global membership. The UAE continues to grow in importance as an incentive travel destination. I look forward to greeting Site members at GIBTM and at the many Site events being held throughout the year, culminating with the Site Global Conference 2013 in Orlando, Florida, USA, in December.”
Site’s mission is to elevate the knowledge of industry professionals on what makes an incentive experience meaningful, motivational and memorable and, in this anniversary year, the association plans for even greater strides. Through education initiatives such as Global Education Week and the Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) program, as well as established programs like the Site Crystal Awards, the association recognizes and elevates quality in motivational experiences.
“The Site UAE Chapter’s participation in GIBTM provides us the opportunity to educate potential members in the region about the benefits of being a Site member and also introduce the key objectives of the local chapter,” shared Site UAE Chapter President Sian Thomas, Director of Group Sales for The Address Hotels + Resorts. “We hope to attract a wider spread of members through Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the rest of the UAE.”
Thomas continued, “GIBTM has always, since its inception, been a great asset to the region. The size and layout of the show allows exhibitors and visitors alike to ensure that objectives are met. We believe that the quality and quantity of hosted buyers this year is tremendous and gives us all the opportunity to showcase the best of what the region has to offer for potential clients. The educational sessions and networking evenings also give us the opportunity to reach out to worldwide buyers in a semi formal atmosphere. Reed Exhibitions is a great supporter of the incentive and meetings industry in the UAE and the industry continues to flourish with each GIBTM.”