SITE Canada received the 2014 SITE Chapter Excellence Award for Membership at the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Global Conference, held this week in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The Canadian chapter was honoured for its personal approach to engaging all members and potential members in order to retain current members and attract new members.
In addition to the Excellence Award for Membership, three other SITE chapters were celebrated at a gala event, which was hosted November 16th aboard the SS Rotterdam. These awards are sponsored by SITE partner Reed Exhibitions. The other winning chapters are:
- Chapter of the Year: SITE Minnesota was recognized for its continued growth, outstanding education programs and strategic planning. In 2014, the chapter hosted five educational events, including its popular “Day of Education & Evening Boat Cruise.”
- Excellence Award – Education: SITE Texas took home honours in the category for hosting 12 educational programs, including a Roadshow series, which was held in multiple cities in the chapter’s region.
- Excellence Award – Special Event: SITE Southern California was recognized for hosting its annual Holiday Event & Charity Auction, which attracted 550+ delegates and raised over $103,000 for three charities.
In addition to the chapter awards, SITE also recognized the contributions of the following SITE members:
- SITE Member of the Year Award: Patricia Perez-Sahin, Director, Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic in Chicago, USA.
- David Riddell Memorial Scholarship: Michael Dalton, Groups & Incentives Manager at Moloney & Kelley Travel in Dublin, Ireland.
- Richard Ross Past Presidents’ Award for Outstanding Service to the Incentive Travel Industry: IMEX, represented by Ray Bloom and Paul Flackett.
- Kevin Forde Spirit Award: Melaya Horsten, Ignite Magazine, and Jake Megrikian, director of sales and marketing at InterContinental Hotels Los Angeles for their work as co-chairs of SITE Young Leaders.
The SITE awards program acknowledge the efforts and performance of local chapter leaders and members, recognize the importance of the SITE Chapter network, and support the growth and continued success of local initiatives.