• EIBTM 2002, to be held May 21 to 23 at the Palexpo Exhibition Center in Geneva, Switzerland, will hold a brand-new eduction program on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Among the seminar topics: how to create a request for proposal and issues surrounding the VAT (value-added tax).

    The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives will also provide two workshops on May 20: “Incentive Proposals That Sell” and “Developing Your Incentive Destination.” For further information, visit http://travel.reedexpo.com and click on the EIBTM logo or e-mail eibtm-marketing@reedexpo.co.uk.

  • Celebrating its tenth anniversary, HELMSBRISCOE gathered its 350 associates and nearly 400 hoteliers for its Annual Business Conference in Orlando, Fla., in December. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based HB has become a significant force among site selection companies, growing from five associates in 1991 to 350 today. Associates book and negotiate contracts for meeting planners at hotels, and collect a 10 percent commission from the hotel. Meeting management and logistics are fee-based to the client. At the annual meeting, HB named Marriott as a new “preferred partner,” which means that meetings booked at the chain's properties pay half the commission at booking and half at the time of the meeting.

  • New from the NATIONAL SPEAKERS ASSOCIATION, the “Professional Speaker Link” CD-ROM lets users search for speakers by name, topic, keyword, geographical region, or a combination of those. The CD-ROM is free to meeting planners by calling (480) 968-2552, or visiting www.nsaspeaker.org.

  • MEETING PROFESSIONALS INTERNATIONAL has postponed the Global Paragon Awards, usually announced in January, and will instead award them at its World Education Congress, to be held in July in Toronto. For more information, visit www.mpiweb.org.

  • THE GREATER NEW YORK CHAPTER OF MPI is holding an educational breakfast focusing on international meetings. “International Meeting Planning: Fantasy & Reality” will take place April 16 from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Wings Club in New York City. Seminar topics will include security, cultural issues, site selection, and contracts. For more information, visit www.mpigny.org, or call (914) 762-2456.

  • Even in the wake of 9/11, insurance agents who qualify for incentive trips are willing and ready to travel, according to a recent survey conducted by CMI's sister magazine, INSURANCE CONFERENCE PLANNER. Eighty-six percent of all respondents said that they were willing to travel for an incentive program in the the first six months of 2002, and only 15 percent expected to alter or reconsider their incentive travel plans. In other survey results, cash and travel scored equally as motivational tools, and 88 percent of respondents rated group incentive travel as an extremely effective or somewhat effective motivator.

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