by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 07, 2017
The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and Meeting Professionals International will launch a co-located international event, the SITE + MPI Global Forum, in 2018.
 
The event, which will be held Jan. 12-14 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria, will offer education, look at industry trends, and provide a collaborative environment for networking and business exchanges. Joint activities, as well as incentive travel and meetings-focused education tracks, will allow delegates to customize their experience.
 
"As past chair of MPI, I am excited about this opportunity to collaborate with MPI on the Global Forum, which will quickly become one of the most important industry events in Europe in 2018," said SITE CEO Kevin Hinton, CIS. "SITE and MPI share many members, and by combining our otherwise competing events, we are making it easier for members to attend one event vs. having to choose between two. Members tell us that they are looking for maximum value from our events, and we expect the Global Forum will be welcomed by our global community of incentive and meeting professionals and sponsors."
 
"We look forward to partnering with SITE to deliver a strong and innovative program for Global Forum next year," said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. "This collaboration is just one example of our strategic priority to expand MPI educational offerings within Europe, and we believe our members in the region will welcome the opportunity to learn and network alongside SITE members."
 
Annamaria Ruffini, CIS, CEO of Events In & Out S.R.L. and SITE president-elect, has been instrumental in bringing the event to Rome. "As a member of both SITE and MPI, I believe that collaborating to host a global event will be a major plus for members of both organizations. The two associations share an international spirit and pay close attention to networking, training, promotion, and recognition of the meetings and incentives industry throughout the world. It is only natural for an effective synergy to emerge between the two. There is no better setting than Rome to enhance a historic event that could have great influence on the future of our industry."
 
Details are available at MPI and SITE.