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Incentive Travel Report 2017

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smaller programs as we just do incentive travel, but our group sizes are growing. Our largest program this year was for 490 people. We de- cided on a business strategy to go after small- to medium businesses that were starting to do incentive travel and it seems to have paid off, so these groups are now increasing to about 80 to 150 people in size." Stephanie McVeigh, CEO and founder of Strategic Incentive Solutions Inc., based in Alvin- ston, Ont., says "We have seen a rise in budgets and per person investment, the majority of the programs we run are for incentive travel and for most it is in their DNA, they recognize the value and importance incentive travel has in boosting the bottom line and creating loyalty and engage- ment amongst their clients and employees." → S ITE Foundation president, Rhea Stagner and Padraic Gilli- gan, vice-president, research and content, revealed some of the findings from SITE Index 2018 at the Smart Monday session during IMEX America in October. "Optimism is high despite world events," says Stagner. "Globally, the world and incentive travellers are becoming more resilient. Although safety is a concern, both buyers and sellers are reporting that it's not a deterrent to a strong incentive travel market." John Crowe, CIS and president of Metracon Travel Inc., based in Toronto, says "We're on a good track for next year. We have a busy spring lined up and we're still waiting for some pro- grams to be firmed up for the fall. We tend to do by Sandra Eagle incentive travel report "...they recognize the value and importance incentive travel has in boosting the bottom line and creating loyalty and engagement..."

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