A joint initiative of the Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), the survey launched last year and is the first global, pan-industry survey of incentive travel. More than 1,000 incentive travel professionals from 90 countries around the world contributed to the first survey, which revealed a healthy industry, evolving to meet the changing needs of the corporate world.
This year’s study will provide both a historical snapshot of where the industry has come from and a predictive hypothesis of where it’s going. It also marks the commencement of a three-year partnership with Oxford Economics.
“By partnering with SITE and FICP, we’re able to create a truly global picture of the incentive travel industry and capture responses from the fullest possible spectrum of incentive travel professionals – corporate end users, incentive houses, DMCs, DMO and partner-suppliers. ITII is a true bellwether for incentive travel, a vital annual instrument that helps us plan, strategize and, above all, build a compelling business case for incentive travel,” said Melissa Van Dyke, president, IRF.
Steve Bova, CAE, executive director, FICP said: “The members of FICP are meetings professionals for corporations that use incentive travel as a driver of business results. The Incentive Travel Industry Index provides them with important insights into the nature, purpose and direction of incentive travel to better inform their work and equip them for discussions with senior leaders about the impacts of incentive programs.”
“ITII is an important instrument for our entire industry, both buyer and supplier. It highlights underlying patterns and trends on a global basis and reveals subtle shifts in the use of incentive travel such as its increasing application as a builder of corporate culture. This year with Oxford Economics on board we’ve tweaked its scope more so as to provide accurate forecasts and predictions for years to come,” added Didier Scaillet, CIS, CITP, CEO, SITE.
The survey will be in the field until Tuesday, August 6, 2019.