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May 19, 2015

Questex Travel Group’s GMITE Events Look to Break Records

Questex Travel Group’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) events are poised to break annual records for participation.

The growing portfolio of GMITE events connect vetted, high-volume meeting and incentive buyers with global suppliers during scheduled meetings. Buyers include representatives of key incentive houses and corporate incentive buyers.

John McMahon, Questex Travel Group executive vice president, credited GMITE’s success, in part, to “our collaborative relationships with our host venues and our partnerships with SITE and Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International.” 

“My confidence in the present and future success of GMITE events is founded on the deep bench strength of our event leadership and extensive, close relationships within the MICE market,” he said. “Incentive Travel Exchange, our leading event in the incentive market, has such a unique format that it is growing stronger every year, with planners requesting participation year after year. Planners in the incentive market know this is the leading networking and destination education event in the industry, and they seek invitations.”

Building on the momentum of the 10th anniversary Incentive Travel Exchange event at the Delano Las Vegas in March that achieved record participation and 98 percent attendee satisfaction, the series accelerates this summer with the Latin America Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (LAMITE) June 25-28 at the Real InterContinental in San Jose, Costa Rica. Marilyn McHugh, Questex Travel Group vice president of events, lauded the efforts of Greg Byrnes and Eric Edmunds, Questex business development directors, for their “tireless efforts to educate the marketplace, continually reassess industry needs and identify top suppliers across the globe.” McHugh noted that LAMITE already is sold out. 

The Asia Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (AMITE) follows July 1 in Singapore, produced in partnership with the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS). This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the Fifth Annual Singapore MICE Forum (SMF), organized by SACEOS. AMITE buyers will be invited to attend the opening SMF keynote address as special guests of SACEOS.

Next in the series is the Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (CMITE), to be held Aug. 10-13 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic

Questex Travel Group’s inaugural ITE at Sea event, an invitation-only, one-to-one networking event, will be held Oct. 21-24 aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship, departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and sailing to Nassau, the Bahamas.

HSMAI’s MEET National will be held Sept. 9-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington. The event is expected to draw more than 900 attendees, bringing together meeting and event-planning professionals with 120 leading suppliers representing hotels, resorts, meeting venues and convention and visitors' bureaus as well as events, promotions, technology and marketing products and services.

“Registration for this year’s MEET National event is strongly outpacing previous years,” McHugh said.  HSMAI’s MEET (Meetings, Events, Education, & Technology) conferences are designed for hospitality sales and marketing professionals to present their properties, destinations and services to well-profiled meeting and association planners. 

For more information, go to GlobalTravelExchanges.com and MEETConference.com.  

Questex Travel Group is the parent company of International Meetings Review.

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