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March 19, 2015

Incentive Travel Exchange, Partnered with SITE, Kicks Off in Las Vegas

Questex Travel Group’s 10th anniversary Incentive Travel Exchange (ITE) event kicked off this week with a record number of attendees, a solid educational program and a notable keynote speaker. 

The event, 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. 

Michael Dominguez, senior vice president of hotel sales for MGM Resorts International, opened the program with a 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, and 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 extra 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. Questex is the parent company of International Meetings Review.

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.

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