by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 06, 2012

More than 75 percent of respondents to the Incentive Industry Foundation's most recent survey are more optimistic about the economy and its impact on their ability to plan and implement incentive travel programs in 2012 and 2013. That figure is a marked turnaround from the organization's October 2011 survey, when 62 percent of those polled said the economy was having a negative impact on programs. When asked about the involvement of procurement in travel programs, more than half (53 percent) said they expect it to increase. Nearly half of those polled (49 percent) expect incentive travel budgets to remain flat, while more than a third anticipate slight increases. The online survey of 205 incentive professionals was conducted in March. Full study results can be found at