by Jonathan Vatner | February 01, 2007

The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives announced the winners of its 2006 Crystal Awards at SITE’s International Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Honored were Jennifer Childress, USMotivation, Atlanta; Margaret Corley, TBA Global Events, Los Angeles; Padraic Gilligan, Ovation Group, Dublin, Ireland; Dries Jacobus, Borealis Incentives Belgium, Bruges, Belgium; Richard K. Lowy, Branded Experiences Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia; Michael Walter, Dragonfly Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Rich Wise, Wise Incentives, San Diego.

The 381-room Le Meridien Lav opened this past December a few miles south of Split, Croatia, on the Adriatic Sea, and features a champagne lounge, a tennis academy, an extensive spa, a casino and more than 22,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 500-room Regent Beijing opened Dec. 1, 2006, in Beijing, overlooking the Forbidden City. The luxury hotel features a spa and 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 6,700-square-foot ballroom. The hotel accommodates groups of up to 250, depending on the season.