Incentive Travel Exchange 10th Anniversary Event Kicks Off in Vegas
NEW YORK (March 19, 2015) ─ Questex Travel Group’s 10th anniversary Incentive Travel Exchange (ITE) event kicked off on a high note this week with a record number of attendees, robust educational program and dynamic keynote speaker.
The celebratory event, being held today through Friday at the Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, brings together high-volume incentive buyers based in North America and sought-after global travel suppliers including hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines, tour operators and destination management companies.
The sold out 2015 ITE program achieved record attendance, according to Danielle Cirami-Gillis, Questex vice president of events sales.
“We attribute a decade of success to our format of focused, one-to-one meetings with buyers and suppliers in private suites,” said Gillis. “ITE participants have two full, all-inclusive days of meetings, high-caliber networking and educational opportunities in an intimate environment that delivers a high level of value and service. We could not be happier to mark this milestone with such a terrific turnout and thank all of our sponsors and delegates for their continued support.”
Michael Dominguez, senior vice president of hotel sales for MGM Resorts International, captured the audience with a dynamic keynote address on the record demand in the hospitality industry and a look at what this means for the near future. Dominguez provides oversight for MGM Resorts International hotel sales in Las Vegas and other global destinations. He is responsible for leisure and group sales, including 42,000 hotel rooms.
Questex, in partnership with the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), offered an insightful education session, “Managing the Incentive Travel Experience: Planning and Logistics,” led by Ann Gravette, a 23-year industry veteran who is director, quality excellence, learning & development, for Maritz Travel in Missouri. Attendees learned to plan an incentive travel program, from definition through final evaluation, while identifying the key logistical details involved in managing an incentive travel program including change and risk management, as well as the nuances of working with international incentive programs.
ITE 2015 sponsors included MGM Resorts, Four Seasons, VisitDenmark, Aruba Convention Bureau, Xtra Airways, Wynn/Encore Las Vegas, Maui Jim, ProColombia and the Dominican Republic Tourism Board.
Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges, owned and managed by Questex LLC, bring together qualified buyers and travel suppliers in key locations to provide a powerful platform for productive one-to-one meetings in private suites tailored to each attendee’s business objectives. The appointment-based events cater exclusively to the meetings, incentives, conferences and events market. More information is available at GlobalTravelExchanges.com.
About Questex Hospitality + Travel
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its Digital Media staff.
Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.
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