Barbara Scofidio


Editor, Corporate Meetings & Incentives
Barbara is an active member in many meeting and incentive industry associations, and was the first member of the media ever to serve on a Global Business Travel Association committee. In addition to her role on GBTA’s Groups and Meetings Committee from 2008-2011, she served on the education committee for the 2007 SITE International Conference, has judged the SITE Crystal Awards for the past 10 years, and led the media committee for SITE's 35th Birthday Celebration at the 2008 Motivation Show. A frequent speaker at industry events, Barbara is a past winner of journalism awards from SITE, ASBPE, and Folio.

To Cruise or Not to Cruise?

With a hungry media ready to jump on images of disabled cruise ships or stories of on-board viral outbreaks, it’s not surprising that safety on the seas remains front-of-mind for incentive companies when choosing a cruise for a client.

According to recently released Site Index survey, conducted jointly with Cruise Line International Association, the reputation of a cruise line or ship—which is tied to safety—was a top decision-making factor for 81 percent of respondents, followed closely by safety/security (75 percent).

Coming in 2014: A New CMM
It's no longer aimed just at meeting professionals and requires three-and-a-half days of university-level management courses...this is an entirely new CMM.
'Tis the Season to Tweet Happy Holidays
Holiday fun from the MeetingsNet team!
Business Travelers: Think You're Taxed Out? There's More Coming
2013 saw a huge travel tax burden in some cities, and now a new security tax increase is poised to hit airline travelers.
Announcing the 2013 Site Crystal Award Winners
Known as the Academy Awards of the incentive industry, the Crystal Awards were announced this week at the Site Global Conference in Orlando
What's Your Event Risk Factor? Do the Math.
Site Foundation white paper offers up an equation for assessing event risk.
This Thanksgiving, What Are You Thankful For?
10 members of the MeetingsNet/corporate&incentives advisory board take a moment to reflect on how much they have to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving from them and the MeetingsNet team!
Philippines Update: How You Can Help
Super typhoon Haiyan has displaced at least 600,000 people, killing as many as 10,000.
Coming Full Circle: The Compass Group Celebrates 25 Years
Jean La Corte, president of The Compass Group, says she loves to "watch how people grow and see how everything comes full circle. It makes me look back on my 25 years and smile.”
Which is More Important When Choosing a Facility: Price or Airport Proximity? 1

Ten to 15 years from now, the majority of meeting decision-makers will be Gen X and Gen Y. So conference centers and hotels need to learn more about what matters to this group—and fast.

That was the thinking behind the International Association of Conference Centers study, “The Intergenerational Preferences of Meeting Planners,” which was presented at IACC’s annual meeting in March and will be expanded for 2014.

10 Top Meeting Industry News Events of 2013
From the Boston Marathon bombings to the government shutdown, 2013 has been quite the year...
Our New Interactive Magazine App is Almost Here
That's right, we're launching an interactive magazine app in January!
5 Takeaways From the 2013 Incentive Federation Survey
A new survey by the Incentive Federation, an umbrella group of incentive organizations, proves that this industry—much like the meetings industry—is a silent, but significant, contributor to the U.S. economy.
IMEX 2013: A Model of Innovation, Partnership

If you took all the acronyms representing the associations that partnered with IMEX 2013—held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas October 15 to 17—and stacked them in a pile, you would have a complete alphabet

IMEX America: 10 Recommendations for a Rewarding Show
Tips and recommendations for getting the most out of IMEX America 2013 in Las Vegas.

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