SITE at ibtm EventsIBTM Portfolio logo.bmp

ibtm events are where meetings, events and incentives industry decision makers meet for global business adventures. Tailored to the markets they serve and guaranteeing the attendance of top-level decision makers, the exhibitions provide a time- and business-efficient matching service for buyers and sellers through Hosted Buyer Programmes. In addition, each event has a full program of networking events as well as premier education.

ibtm arabia: 5-7 February 2018 (2019 dates to be announced) | Abu Dhabi, UAE

ibtm africa: 19-20 April 2018 (2019 dates to be announced) | Cape Town, South Africa

ibtm americas: 5-6 September 2018 | Mexico City, Mexico

ibtm china: 12-13 September 2018 | Beijing, China

ibtm world: 27-29 November 2018 | Barcelona, Spain

ibtm arabia

5-7 February 2018 (2019 dates to be announced)
Abu Dhabi, UAE

ibtm arabia is the leading international exclusive event for the Arabian meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry. An elite community of MICE suppliers and buyers is invited to gather at a one-to-one ratio, for three days of mutually matched, pre-scheduled appointments, plus networking, education and, of course, unlimited business!

Visit the ibtm arabia website >>

ibtm africa

19-20 April 2018 (2019 dates to be announced)
Cape Town, South Africa

ibtm africa encourages all corporate buyers, corporate travellers and top-level MICE tourism professionals to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity. This year, it's evolved from a table-top event to a high-quality, content-driven education programme that focuses on technology, future trends, procurement and consolidation, expert thought leadership, leveraging off the benefit of Foreign Exchange and the convergence of the travel and meetings industry.

Visit the ibtm africa website >> 

ibtm AMERICASibtm_latinamerica_2017.png

5-6 September 2018
Mexico City, Mexico

ibtm AMERICAS has joined the best of ibtm latin america and ibtm america to create a single, inclusive event. Extend your reach and discover new opportunities that enable you to meet planners from the United States, Canada and Latin America, all under one roof.

Visit the ibtm AMERICAS website >> 

ibtm china

12-13 September 2018
Beijing, China

ibtm china is trusted for connecting the world's leading MICE suppliers with top-level buyers who have the proven purchasing power and budget to place with international providers. Participating enables you to strengthen your relationships with meeting and event planners based in China and the rest of Asia. Attend the show to learn about the latest market developments, network at exclusive events and, above all, leave feeling fully inspired with new ideas to drive your business forward.

alicia-yao.pngJoin SITE for a presentation by Alicia Yao, CIS, a member of the SITE International Board of Directors:

What’s the Problem We’re Trying to Solve? Selling Incentive Travel to Business Leaders

September 13, 2018 – 1:30-2:15 PM

Is an incentive program an expense or an investment? We'll justify using incentive travel as a strategic tool to drive business goals. Topics cover determining performance gaps and business goals, establishing metrics and quantifying results.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Relate how incentive travel programs can change business behaviors/performance.
  • Use SITE templates to prioritize needs and determine the value of the incentive program.

Visit the ibtm China website >> 

ibtm world ibtm world.png

27-29 November 2018
Barcelona, Spain

ibtm world delivers three inspirational days of business, networking and education to a community of international suppliers and buyers, helping drive their business into the future. Join over 15,500 industry professionals and enter a world of business opportunities.

SITE activities at ibtm world include: 

The SITE team is getting packed and ready for ITBM World in Barcelona and secretly hoping for a little winter sunshine as an antidote to the freezing climes that have gripped Chicago in recent weeks. We’ll be on the Exhibition Floor at Stand L72 so be sure to drop by – CEO, Didier Scaillet, CMO, Pádraic Gilligan and Director of Operations, Matt Hessler will all be there.

Member-Get-A-Member [Stand L59 and on-line at]

Following its huge success at IMEX America, we’re running our “Member-Get-A-Member” campaign again from Monday – Friday of the IBTM World week. Here’s how it works: if you’re a member already and introduce a new member to SITE between Monday 26 and Friday 30 November then both you AND your new member receive a discount of $100 on you 2019 membership. Do the Math on this and you’ll see it’s a pretty stunning deal more than a 20% discount! It’s available in person in Barcelona but also on line – click here

Get Social with SITE - Free Social Media Clinics [Stand L59]

Also available in Barcelona is our increasingly popular Social Media Clinic. SITE is fast becoming the leading MICE industry association in the digital space and as part of our commitment to all things digital Aoife McCrum, our digital and social media supremo will, once again, offer her hugely popular one-on-one social clinics. Whether you’re new to Social needing a 101 Intro or an advanced user seeking new tricks e mail Aoife on to arrange a 30 minute customised session.

Chapter Matters because Chapters Matter

Chapters are the live blood of SITE and we’re lucky to have a wonderfully vibrant chapter network around the world with new chapters emerging all the time (we have 3 new ones on the way – watch this space!). At SITE Megan Turckes is our Membership & Chapter tsar and will be in Barcelona to talk all about chapter matters because … well, chapters matter. Feel free to rock on up to chat to Megan or, if you can, e mail in advance and set a specific time – she’s on

Understanding Global Trends and their Impact on Incentive Travel
11:45 – 12:45 on Wednesday November 28

If there’s one certain thing on the Business Events landscape these days it’s uncertainty. Never have we lived and worked amidst such rapid change and complexity on global, regional and national levels.

With members in 67 countries around the world, The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is well equipped to comment on global trends and to highlight national and regional trends that can eventually have a global impact.

Join us for a dynamic, interactive session with incentive travel experts from 5 continents.

Session discussion will be underpinned by content from the industry's first joint index study: The Incentive Travel Industry Index powered by SITE Index, IRF, and FICP.


T. Weede.jpg
Tina Weede, CRP, CIS, CITP
President & CEO, Peerless Performance

MB with water background.jpg
Merina Begg, Managing Director and Owner, Argentina Travel Partners DMC

Argentine-born Merina Begg has been in the travel business for over 30 years and is herself an enthusiastic and dedicated travel-lover.  She has accumulated an extensive portfolio of knowledge in organizing unique travel experiences from her work in both Argentina and the United Kingdom.

After working for a specialist tour operator in London concentrating on the Caribbean and Far East, Merina joined a leading tour operator whose focus was initially on Africa and the Indian Ocean before she developed their South America programme which became extremely successful under her management. Later she founded a travel representation in the UK specialising in Latin America.  This company continues to thrive.

In 1992 Merina returned to Argentina to join the travel company owned by her family and developed an inbound management organization with specialized divisions for cruise line requirements, corporate incentive programmes, special interest and leisure travel products. 

Today, with a group of experienced and creative industry professionals, Merina runs ARGENTINA TRAVEL PARTNERS (ATP DMC), her own independent destination management company, which specializes in opening up a full range of unique travel experiences for new and returning visitors to Argentina and Uruguay, whatever their age and interests.   The company is divided into four different departments: Meetings and Incentives, Leisure, Cruises and Special Interest, each with its own dedicated highly professional bilingual staff.

With an abiding passion for Argentina, Merina’s emphasis on teamwork, honesty, flexibility and excellent service has earned ATP DMC two SITE Crystal Awards for Excellence.


Anne Marie Rogers LInkedIn.jpg
Anne Marie Rogers, Director Meetings, Incentives, Events, Direct Travel Meetings & Events

Anne Marie Rogers is a sales and marketing executive with many years of experience planning wonderful events with an excellent aptitude in building client relationships. Having been an active sales, marketing, travel and event planning expert for over twenty years, Anne Marie has a proven  ability to form and care for client relationships and execute effective sales and marketing strategies for Direct Travel managing successful incentive and reward and recognition programs

Anne Marie has been a SITE Minnesota Board Member for 10 years, working in programming and membership, including three years as President. Currently, Anne Marie sits on the SITE International Board of Directors since 2016, focusing on membership and events.

Daryl Keywood, Vice President – Education & Certification, SITE & Managing Director and CEO, Walthers DMC

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.

Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 2.51.12 PM.png
Liu Ping, Founder, China Star Ltd.

With more than twenty years’ experience in the industry of meeting, incentive travel, conference and event (MICE), Liu Ping is the founder of China Star, a Professional Conference Organizer and a Destination Management Company. She is active in several international associations such as Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). She was the first international board director of SITE (2008-2014) from mainland China and is one of the founders of World PCO Alliance (WPCOA). She is also the advisor or meeting ambassador for Beijing Dongcheng District, Chengdu, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Haikou cities. Liu Ping is highly recognized in MICE industry internationally and received Frankfurt IMEX Academy Award in 2009. In China Meetings Convention 2017, Liu Ping was named, as one of the first five Chinese meeting professionals, in the China Meetings Hall of Fame.

Visit the ibtm world website >>