New York, New York (United states) – May 19, 2015 – Questex Travel Group’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) events are on track to break annual records for participation, reinforcing their position as the leading conferences catering to the meetings, incentives, conferences and events market. GMITE events connect fully vetted, high-volume meeting and incentive buyers with global suppliers during scheduled meetings, all while helping to foster lasting relationships with industry colleagues. 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,” which he said helped create “extraordinary, one-of-a-kind experiences” for attendees.
“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. “Working together, our team has strengthened the credibility, relevance and value of GMITE events to our audience.
“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.”
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.”
Building on the momentum of the sold-out, 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.
“LAMITE already is sold out,” McHugh said. “This new event, which we are holding in partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group – our very supportive host – has far exceeded our expectations for its launch.”
The Asia Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (AMITE) follows July 1 in Singapore. AMITE is produced by Questex Travel Group 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. “CMITE has been embraced by the Hard Rock Hotel as well as the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism,” McHugh said. “With the additional support of the Aruba Convention Bureau, a returning strong partner, the event will continue to grow.”
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, destined for 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.
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.
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