Meeting Professionals International and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence deemed their first joint conference a success. The SITE + MPI Global Forum, held Jan. 12-14 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria, drew about 600 meeting professionals from 50-plus countries. More than 100 attendees were first-time participants.
The two organizations jointly announced an agreement, playfully called the "Treaty of Rome of the Incentive and Meeting Industry," to continue collaborating in the future, although they did not announce any definitive plans.
More than 30 educational sessions were held, with separate tracks for incentive travel and meeting management professionals, as well as concurrent sessions designed for both. Classes included "Getting Into the Business of Understanding Incentives" and "Business Communications Around the Globe."
One of several sustainability and corporate social-responsibility initiatives during the conference donated 390 meals to Voreco Onlus, which distributed the food to those in need around Italy's capital city.