December 07, 2005

The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives Foundation will launch a European Forum next year; the networking event will take place Sept. 14-17 at the Westin Real de Faula Golf & Spa Resort in Benidorm, Spain. Funds raised through the event's silent auction will be used to sponsor research on the European incentive market. The organization, which is the research arm of SITE, has sponsored a North American Forum for 13 years.

On Dec. 1, the boards of the International Association for Exhibition Management and the Center for Exhibition Industry Research announced a proposed consolidation that would combine the groups, but leave CEIR as a separate entity with its own board of directors. "The proposed consolidation of CEIR with our organization will allow IAEM members greater access to more in-depth, more complete research from CEIR," said Chris Brown, IAEM's outgoing chairman.