With MICE Business on the Rise, Questex Brings Together Top Meeting and Incentive Planners With Global Destinations, Tourism Boards and Hotel Groups at a Pivotal Time

NEW YORK, July 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (GMITE) returned to The Delano Las Vegas this year from June 29 – July 2, 2022, to host one-to-one private suite meetings between a roster of 65 hosted, high-volume North American incentive buyers and meeting planners with a combined purchasing power of $1.5 billion together with 67 global suppliers. The event generated 1,467 face-to-face meetings in just two and half days.

GMITE, the industry’s only hosted buyer event held in private suites, provided the ideal backdrop for solidifying new relationships in a luxurious setting built for relaxed networking, one-to-one meetings, and exceptional education.

The event kicked off with an earnest discussion, “The Great Reimagination: A NEW Business Case for In-Person Experiences,” which was moderated by Jessie States, CMP, CMM, Vice President, MPI Academy. The panel featured two buyers; Rita Malek, Business Development Director, McVeigh Global Meetings and Events and Catherine Jones, Principal, The Edventives Group, and two suppliers; Elisabeth Kinch, Director of National Accounts, Fontainebleau Hotels and Kent Elliott, Director of Destination Global Sales, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce providing insights into both the supply and demand of the future of MICE business.

“We are thrilled to be back at the Delano with GMITE this year, the original home base for the private, suite meetings,” said Caren Cotto, Event Director. “GMITE is a critical event for the MICE industry to attend as its unique format leverages the most optimal ROI for both parties, when you include the private meetings, multiple networking opportunities and education. There really is nothing else like it in the industry.”

GMITE’s mission is to create unforgettable experiences for attendees, and this year’s featured networking activity was no exception as the group was the first to explore Perception Las Vegas, the Strip’s first state of the art 17,000 square foot digital art museum with its opening exhibition “Leonardo: The Universal Man,” celebrating the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci.

New this year, was a keynote presentation on day two by Stephanie Harris, President, The Incentive Research Foundation, “Hospitality: Incentive Expectations and Reality.” Harris’ presentation shared findings of an inaugural annual survey held in partnership with Questex surrounding the dissonance between service levels at hotels and destinations as well as the expectations of incentive program owners and participants.

An exciting announcement made at the event was the return of Questex’s Caribbean & Mexico Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (CMITE), which will be held August 21-24, 2023 at Secrets Wild Orchid & St. James Montego Bay.

“GMITE has been an amazing experience; so much enthusiasm on the part of planners sourcing for 2023 and beyond,” said John Woolcock, Manager, Groups & Conventions, Jamaica Tourist Board. “We have received quite a number of leads so far which is extremely encouraging. As encouraging are the many new planners we’ve met and reconnecting with ones we have not seen in many years. We’re looking forward to hosting CMITE in August next year and to showcasing the many product offerings the island offers for the MICE market.’”

“The experience has been excellent. I like the private suite format, as it is more comfortable and makes it easier to communicate,” said Cindy Hughes, Director, National Accounts, Global Cynergies. “The quality of the suppliers is outstanding as was the breakfast panel discussion and lunch presentation. I’m having productive meetings which makes the time very worthwhile.”

Those interested in becoming a supplier for CMITE or GMITE are encouraged to reach out to Caren Cotto, Event Director, Questex at [email protected] and those interested in applying as a hosted buyer can contact Andrea Hutchinson, Delegate Relations Director, Questex at [email protected].

To learn more about GMITE visit www.gmiteevent.com and follow the event on Facebook and LinkedIn with hashtag #GMITE2022. 2023 GMITE dates will be announced in the coming weeks and application will open soon.

About Questex 

Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.  

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Jennifer Rosen
Marketing Director, Questex Wellness Group
212-400-6233
[email protected] 

Questex’s Hotec Design Empowers Design Specialists and Top Domestic Suppliers With Knowledge and Connections

NEW YORK, July 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex’s Hotec Design brought the top hospitality buyers, designers and suppliers together to discover new valued partners to alleviate supply chain issues and get projects back on track quickly. The 2022 event, which took place at The Breakers Palm Beach from June 20th to the 23rd, provided the ideal backdrop for solidifying new relationships in a luxurious setting built for relaxed networking, one-to-one meetings, and exceptional education. The smaller, more intimate environment that Hotec Design provides allows for unparalleled access to decision-makers and targeted networking opportunities to make long-lasting connections that go beyond the typical business relationship.

The event kicked off with an informative keynote, Material Bank: Technology & The Future of Design presented by Farshid Tafazzoli, Co-Founder & CBO of Material Bank. The mission behind all Hotec events is to empower attendees with the latest tools to help them step ahead of the competition and work more efficiently. Tafazzoli shared a new development from Material Bank debuting in September of 2022 that will allow designers to more easily specify products and suppliers to quickly reach hospitality design leaders.

Over the course of three days, Hotec Design brought together 177 attending companies, 85 buyer/designer attendees and 149 supplier attendees, generating nearly 1,700 face-to-face meetings.

From a first-timer’s perspective, Sandi Lesueur, Founder & CVO at Virtu Resorts & Residences, praised its effectiveness in facilitating business. “Hotec was professionally organized and beneficial in bringing together hoteliers with a wide variety of suppliers. The relationships I created will assist Virtu Resorts & Residences Ltd. with the various projects we have ongoing starting in British Columbia, Canada. The beautiful surroundings and friendly staff provided a perfect experience mixing business with fun activities,” she said.

Amy Vaxman, Vice President, Questex Hospitality Group, says, “As we continue to recover as an industry and welcome an uptick in both budgets and projects, I am so excited to bring this vibrant community together for face-to-face meetings. In our inaugural Hotec Buyer Sentiment Assessment, we found that 85% of buyers/designers surveyed saw budgets increase or stay the same in the first half of this year and 78% of buyers are predicting an increase in projects over the next six months. Now is the time to join collectively to rethink and rebuild the guest experience and that starts at Hotec.”

Back by popular demand was the STR Keynote, presented by Vail Ross, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing, diving into US hotel performance and providing a glossy outlook for the future. Ross and STR expect a full recovery in the hotel space, from a RevPAR perspective, in 2024.

The education sessions concluded on day three with a panel focused on creating a more sustainable hospitality industry. ‘Designing for Climate Health & Equity’ brought together leading developers, design firm and hotel owners, and ESG experts to discuss how all members of the design community can make an impact in reducing waste, making the transition to net-zero carbon emissions and more.

Hotec events have become widely known for their interactive networking functions, and this year’s event was no exception. “The power of Hotec Design is in the ability of Mary Malloy and her team to curate an environment where icebreakers lead to genuine human interactions and business decisions. After COVID, we want more than ever to buy from humans and sell to humans. Hotec reminds us all why we love the hospitality industry,” says David Corle, Director of A+D Relations, HMI Glass.

The 2023 edition of Hotec Design will be held at The JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa from June 19th to the 22nd, 2023.

For those interested in becoming a supplier, please reach out to Mary Malloy, Hotec Global Events Director. For those interested in being considered for a hosted buyer position, please reach out to Maritsa Samonas, Industry Relations Manager.

To learn more about Hotec Design visit www.hotecdesign.com.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter at @HotecEvents.

About Questex
Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Alexandra Aldridge
Marketing Director, Questex Hospitality Group
212-895-8284
[email protected]