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Reveal Your Story

Reveal Your Story
Jamie Oakley, President-Elect for the SITE SoCal Chapter, Reveals his story for 2017 and hopes you can reveal yours as well.

Jamie Oakley, 2017 SITE SoCal PresidentDear SITE SoCal Family,

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017, a fresh look, and a new adventure. I am delighted to be part of this innovative chapter of industry professionals. Our chapter thrived in 2016, and in 2017 we will continue to raise the bar for our events, education, and networking. Our successes are consistently acknowledged not only by other SITE chapters, but by travel and event organizations around the world. And it is easy to see why—it is because of you, our dedicated members.

So this year we are focusing on YOU!

Our Theme for 2017 is REVEAL YOUR STORY

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5 Keys to Choosing a Destination for Group Meetings and Events

5 Keys to Choosing a Destination for Group Meetings and Events

Selecting a destination can be crucial in planning the perfect meeting or conference. The destination can set the tone for a successful conference and create memorable and lasting experiences. There are several ways that a meeting planner can capture the local flair of a destination. However, selecting a site often requires due diligence and can be quite time consuming. To help meeting planners design the ideal meeting or conference, we’ve outlined a few factors to consider when choosing a destination for group meetings and events.

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New Zealand: the ultimate incentive destination

New ZealandNew Zealand is a small country that is blessed with unique activities, state-of-the-art infrastructure, modern facilities and our world-renowned welcoming Kiwi hospitality. No matter where you are, you are never far away from a plethora of stunning natural landscapes; from glaciers to geothermal hot pools, vineyards to volcanoes, white sand beaches to lakes and rainforests to farmland.

One of the many great advantages of New Zealand is that these are all within easy reach. We don’t have the challenging travel times across cities that some other destinations face so you can combine many of these varied experiences and landscapes into one itinerary. It is easy for example to begin your day with a traditional Maori welcome at sunrise before a scenic heli to a remote mountain top for a champagne breakfast, a jetboat through native rainforest, lunch at a vineyard, followed by a round of golf in the afternoon surrounded by towering mountain peaks.

New ZealandNew Zealand is more accessible than ever, with around 180 direct flights a month on offer from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii and Houston with capacity expected to continue as demand for New Zealand continues to grow.

To find out more about why New Zealand is the ultimate incentive destination or if you would like to speak directly to our LA-based team, Alexa Bennett or Emma Bell, please visit www.businessevents.newzealand.com.

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The Meritage Collection - A Luxury Hotel Collection

The Meritage Collection - A Luxury Hotel CollectionThe Meritage Collection blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally inspired enrichment programs designed for the curious traveler. Débuting in 2013, the Meritage Collection is comprised of six hotels & resorts throughout California and Hawaii, representing more than 1400 rooms and nearly 149,000 square feet of premier indoor meeting and event space.

The Meritage Collection sets the stage for the extraordinary by providing truly inspiring and unique venues, perfect for business meetings or special events.

The portfolio includes The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai.

Each unique property within the collection offers an exclusive encounter with an iconic location along with a flawless blend of luxury and comfort. Indulge in lavish accommodations, inimitable amenities, and world-class service while being inspired by the natural beauty, effortless bliss, and unexpected adventure found at each Meritage Collection resort.

The Meritage Collection properties are members of the Global Hotel Alliance and its DISCOVERY Rewards Program. For more information, please visit meritagecollection.com

Discover The Meritage Collection.

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SITE SoCal Young Leaders Take Las Vegas!

SITE SoCal Young Leaders Take Las Vegas!

The SITE Global Young Leaders Conference is our favorite every year! This year was beyond amazing. For many of us it was our 2nd and 3rd years attending, however for a few of us it was our first year. The program truly exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you to IMEX America and the SITE SoCal Board of Directors for granting us the unique opportunity to attend. We were fortunate enough to have the registration hosted for 10 of our Young Leaders here in the Southern California Chapter.


With over 75 participants from all over the world joining in this year, we all felt connected, inspired and empowered about the future of incentive travel. Even after two days, we have all made new friends and industry peers. We even strengthened the bond amongst our members in Southern California. It was inspiring to be surrounded by so many individuals in our industry that are yearning for experience, knowledge, growth and relationships. We created a unique bond and will continue to support, encourage and learn from one another. The education was stellar and in such an intimate setting that really allowed us to engage with big names like Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide and Michael Dominguez, Senior VP & Chief Sales Officer of MGM Resorts International.

The SITE Young Leaders Conference has made such a positive impact with our professional and personal growth. After two full days with our peers we were all even more inspired to head into IMEX. What a memorable experience and we all look forward to next year.

2016 SITE SoCal Young Leaders Committee Members

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