The Incentive for Excellence

An Industry Blog on All Things SITE. Your one stop shop for chapter news, industry events, trends, and tips from the pros.

New Member Spotlight – Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro, Director of Incentive and Cruise Sales, Air Tahiti NuiName: Michael Shapiro

Organization: Air Tahiti Nui

Quick Bio: A NY song and dance man turned Cruise Director for 17 years at Paul Gauguin Cruises, Michael now takes on the world of flight with Air Tahiti Nui. As the new Director of Incentives and Cruise Sales, Michael takes on the role of former SITE Member David Nordquist who passed away in March 2015.

What is your favorite part of being a new SITE member? The opportunity to meet new people in the travel industry who have a passion for what they do.

What are you hoping to gain from being a SITE member? New friendships and the continuation of being a part of the Incentive Travel world.

Why did you join SITE? To stay connected, to learn more and be a stronger part of the Incentive community.

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Four Favorite International Meeting Destinations

Four Favorite International Meeting Destinations

Here at Fourth Wall Events, we regularly discuss the top conference and events destinations across the United States. This time around, we decided to add a little exotic flair and highlight some of the top foreign destinations across the globe.

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New Member Spotlight – Haley Murray

Haley Murray, West Coast National Sales Manager, Vail Resorts Meetings and EventsName: Haley Murray

Organization: Vail Resorts Meetings and Events

Quick Bio: I recently joined Vail Resorts Meetings and Events in March 2015 as the West Coast National Sales Manager. My history prior to Vail Resorts was with the Hyatt Hotels and Fairmont Hotels. I made the change to Vail Resorts for a better work life balance and to spend more time with my 15 month son.

What is your favorite part of being a new SITE member? That I get to go to the Holiday event in December.

What are you hoping to gain from being a SITE member? I hope to learn more about the Southern California market place and network.

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Geraldine Gatehouse Receives 2015 Kevin Forde Spirit Award

geraldine gatehouseCongratulations to our 2015 President

The 2015 Kevin Forde Spirit Award was presented to Geraldine Gatehouse, Western Region Marketing Consultant, IMEX America. The award is given each year to a SITE member who exemplifies the traits that Kevin Forde was known and respected for: generosity of time and energy to those in the industry who needed help or advice; representation of the motivational experiences industry within a professional endorsing one’s destination; volunteering with SITE and giving back to the SITE global community.

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Holiday Traditions around the World

Holiday Traditions around the World

Best wishes from Platinum DMC Collection and all of our DMCs for a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year.

italyThe most traditional Christmas sweet in Italy is Panettone. It originated when a lowly kitchen servant named Toni burned his masters Christmas cake. He hurriedly mixed up some yeast with flour, eggs, sugar, raisins and candied fruit. The result was a great success and the family named it “Pan de Toni”, to honor its creator.

In Argentina homes are decorated and the Christmas tree put up on December 8th, the Maria Virgin Day. Decorations remain until January 6th, the Three Kings Day, when the children put their shoes outside to receive presents from the Three Kings.

In Australia, Christmas falls in the middle of summer. The traditional Christmas meal is typically followed by a family cricket match, either in the backyard or at the beach.

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