SITE celebrates the extraordinary

SITE celebrates the extraordinary

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Since 1980, the annual Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Crystal Awards Recognition Program – sponsored by IMEX Group – has brought industry acclaim to incentive travel companies. These are the world-class organizations that excel in the design of unique, memorable group travel experiences, which deliver measurable benefits for their clients.

The 2016 awards were presented at the SITE Global Conference, which took place early November in Panama City, Panama. This year seven companies from around the globe were honored for creativity in program design, marketing, corporate social responsibility and, most importantly, business results. The events showcase the best – not just the best-known – destinations that have advanced client values and brands, and whose programs have given generously to local communities, while achieving important business goals such as increased sales, higher employee engagement, and greater loyalty. The 2016 Crystal Awards winners are:

  • Best Destination-Based Experiential Incentive Travel Program: Distant Frontiers, Gurgaon, India
  • Excellence in Incentive Travel: Africa/Middle East: Walthers Destination Business Solutions Africa, Douglasdale, South Africa
  • Program Partner Winner: Cementos Moctezuma
  • Excellence in Incentive Travel Europe: Spaintacular, Madrid, Spain
  • Excellence in Incentive Travel Latin America: Argentina Travel Partners, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Excellence in Incentive Travel North America: Maritz Travel – a Maritz Global Events Company, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Most Effective Incentive Marketing Campaign: ICP Group S.A., Warsaw, Poland
  • Most Impactful Effort Toward CSR as Part of an Incentive Travel Program: BCD Meetings & Events, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Program Partner Winner: Amstar

“The Crystal Awards not only recognize the outstanding organizations that win them,” said Rajeev Kohli, CIS, SITE president and joint managing director, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, “but also showcase innovative ways planners can make the ordinary extraordinary to maximize human potential and achieve tangible business results. Planning an incentive program is an art. These winning programs are great examples of how, through thoughtful planning and creative program design, you can connect with people emotionally and motivate higher levels of performance.”

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