Each year, incentive travel professionals from around the world gather at the SITE Global Conference for three days of premier educational sessions, business networking, and cultural exploration in one of the world's most dynamic incentive travel destinations. This year SITE will be ‘Connecting Worlds’, in the colorful and richly historic country of Panama.
Taking place 5-7 November at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, the conference will feature educational and experiential learning opportunities for incentive travel professionals at every stage of their careers. Sessions include topics like adventure travel, sustainability, partnerships, event technology, return on investment and more. Delegates can also discover first hand Panama’s potential as an incentive travel destination through experiential learning and illuminating pre and post tours.
“Hosting the SITE Global Conference in Panama is a great honor and an important opportunity for Panamanian professionals to showcase what our country has to offer the global MICE sector,“ commented Jennifer Champsaur, Panama Deputy Minister of Tourism. “An important trade and logistics hub connecting the Americas, Panama is the perfect destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. We are the main connectivity center in the region with more than 80 direct flights to 35 countries providing easy access from around the world. We are also building a new convention center, the largest in the region, to support our existing convention center, which was renovated in 2015.”
Although a small country, Panama provides a wide variety of world-class attractions, exotic tropical settings, stunning mountain refuges, a Caribbean and Pacific Coast with 1500 islands, seven living Indigenous cultures, a sophisticated capital city, a vibrant nightlife, Spanish colonial historical sites, world class golfing, diving, sport fishing, and surfing - not to mention the 8th wonder of the world the Panama Canal.
Champsaur shared what delegates can look forward to at the conference. “Delegates will be able to enjoy their stay in a beautiful, private beach resort while getting the opportunity to visit different major attractions within the city such as the Old Quarter, the Biodiversity Museum and the Panama Canal together with its expansion, which is opening on 26 June. Pre and post tours will also be available for delegates who want to discover more of what Panama has to offer such as the paradisiac beaches in San Blas and Bocas del Toro, the highlands and mountains in Boquete and El Valle de Anton, a cultural experience with the Embera indigenous tribe, or a more relaxed, city experience while visiting the ruins of the old towns or shopping in one of our luxurious malls.”
Rajeev Kohli, SITE President 2016 attended his first SITE Conference 11 years ago in Toronto. “Ever since then I've been hooked, and the SITE Global Conference is now an integral part of my annual travel plan. Of all the things I do in a year, the conference has always given me the most satisfying return on investment. I have very clear objectives to attending - networking and meeting prospective clients and partners is one objective; meeting and learning from peers from around the world is another. And, a third, very valuable benefit, is to discover first hand how other destinations handle incentive events. You learn the most by first hand experiences and there is no better platform than the SITE Global Conference. I strongly encourage everyone to join us in Panama to experience how SITE is ‘connecting worlds’ and making the global incentive travel industry truly come alive.”
Register early and receive a $200US discount off the conference registration fee.
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