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More than 600 Incentive Travel professionals from 42 destinations around the world will convene in Vancouver for the Society for Incentive Excellence (SITE) Global Conference at the JW Marriott Parq & the DOUGLAS Autograph Collection.

Keynote speakers at Global Conference include New York Times Bestselling author Ben Nemtin who will speak on 5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible, and educational tracks including Designing and Innovating Incentive Travel Programs, Valuing Creativity in a Commoditized World and Event Industry Trends and Forecasts.

The Crystal Awards, sponsored by IMEX Group, will also be presented during a glitzy lunch at the conference. Considered the highest honour in the incentive travel industry, these awards recognize creative, practical and truly memorable incentive programs that enhance company culture, keep employees engaged, drive business results and improve the bottom line.

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During the conference, with support of Meet in Ireland, SITE will create “The Vancouver Manifesto”, the latest edition of an ongoing interrogation of the nature, purpose and direction of incentive travel, taking the aspirations of the inaugural edition, “The Bangkok Manifesto” crowdsourced at last year’s conference in Thailand and turning them into actional items.

“SITE Global Conference brings the whole world of incentive travel to Vancouver this week. We want to harness the wisdom of this powerful community to shape the future of our industry. Last year in Thailand we started this fascinating conversation and published the “The Bangkok Manifesto”, 10 aspirational statements about our métier. This year we want to move from aspiration to action and leave Vancouver with a tangible implementation plan for 2020.” said SITE CEO Didier Scaillet, CIS, CITP.

“Inspired by our conference theme – Limitless – we’ve been dreaming up brand new ways to connect, learn, discover and, indeed, shape the future of the incentive travel industry. We’re going for a festival feel this year with multiple stages in a venue that’s light-filled and inspirational and a destination that genuinely knows no bounds,” says Jenn Glynn, CIS, CITP, President SITE 2020.