Summer 2012

InSite Florida - A Look at What's New
President - SITE Florida

From the President’s Desk

Summer at last! It has been a long season and our industry is booming despite a sluggish economy. We should all appreciate that fact and reflect on our relative good fortune in a challenging time. Now that the pace is beginning to ease, it is also time to assess our performance and look for ways to be even better. A focus on continuous improvement is a hallmark of the best organizations. Finally, we should also take some time to be with our friends and loved ones. They sacrifice a lot when our responsibilities consume time that might have gone to them. Your attention is the best way to say “Thank You.”  More…

On Location: Not Your Dad’s Daytona

On Location
The spring breakers, at least the rowdy kind, have been gone from Daytona Beach for some time, an intentional move by city fathers who didn’t like the tarnished image the college scene left behind. In its place came a destination marketing a focus on family vacationers (you can still drive on some of the 23 miles of sandy, white beaches from sunrise to sunset), as well as on activities that center around the Daytona International Speedway, home to the Daytona 500 and other NASCAR races, as well as bike weeks. More…

SITE Florida Summer Summit, July 9 & 10, 2012

You won’t want to miss the Site Florida Summer Summit! Featuring Peter Yesawich, Vice Chair at MMGY; John Lonski, Chief Economist at Moody’s and Alejandro Verzoub, current president of Site Global, this 2 day event needs to be on your ‘don’t miss list’ this summer.

Host Hotel is Buena Vista Palace, where Visit Orlando will also host up to 30 qualified meeting planners.

As a planner, please contact any SITE Florida Board member for more information about attending, or register now at SITE Florida Summer Summit 2012. As a supplier, beef up your exposure by taking on a Sponsorship slot. More…

Steve O'Malley

An Interview with Steve O’Malley

Steve O’Malley, Senior Vice President, Maritz Travel
Participant, Site Florida Spring Break panel

What prompted you to join SITE, and what keeps the membership valuable to you?

I’ve been a member for 7 years now. Site is the only association that focuses solely on Incentive Travel and motivational experiences. As that is our business at Maritz, we made a decision that this was the best place to invest our dollars and my time, and it’s been more than worth the investment.  More…

Incentives for All

Incentives for all

Research shows that incentives are not just for sales teams
Has the incentives industry limited itself by focusing primarily on programs for sales people? A study by the Incentives Research Foundation (IRF), which shows the potential benefits of motivation programs for a broad range of employees, suggests that it has.

A new white paper issued by IRF, Critical Findings for Recognition Travel Programs, summarizes the findings of a case study of a company with a longestablished recognition travel program for employees who are not sales people.. More…

SITE Chapters invited to nominate David Riddell Memorial Scholarship applicants

Do you know someone who could benefit from attendance at the SITE International Conference, but is financially unable? All chapters have the opportunity to nominate worthy candidates, and the SITE Florida board would like to make everyone aware, and open up the nominations. The scholarship was created in memory of Site Past President David Riddell, and created to provide an opportunity for worthy individuals to participate in special events. For more information, just follow this link to the site global page, or contact any SITE Florida board member. More…

News from SITE Canada

Join SITE Canada, our sister Chapter to the North, for the Fourth Annual Site Golf Tournament, kicking off IncentiveWorks week on Monday, August 20th at Angus Glen in Markham. If you are planning to participate in the trade show, why not join us for a great day of golf and networking. Return transportation is provided for all golfers and sponsors from the InterContinental Hotel. The tournament starts at 7:30am and we promise to have you back downtown by 4:00pm for the evening festivities. Site Canada gives special thanks to AlliedPRA as our Title Sponsor. More…

Gary Sain

A tribute to Gary Sain

The industry lost a tireless supporter when Gary Sain, president & CEO of Visit Orlando, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in early May. He fell ill while attending a dinner/auction for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.

“As the leader of Visit Orlando, Gary served as our community’s brand ambassador working tirelessly on behalf of Orlando and the entire travel and tourism industry. He spent his entire career working in hospitality and was honored numerous times for his contribution”, said Paul Tang, Chairman of the Visit Orlando Board of Directors. More…

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