For 26 years, Incentive has recognized the industry's outstanding travel, merchandise, and branded currency or gift card suppliers with our annual Platinum Partners awards. This year, we are shaking things up. While the awards will continue to spotlight exceptional suppliers to the industry, we are revamping how these winners are selected, aiming to create a more inclusive, thorough, and easier way to recognize the industry's stars.
So what's different this year? In the past, end users nominated their best suppliers across a wide range of award categories. For 2018, we opened up nominations to all of our readers to nominate suppliers in just three broad categories: Travel, Merchandise, and Gift Cards or Branded Currency.
The nominations are in, and now a panel of judges, one each for travel, merchandise, and gift cards or branded currency, are in the process of reviewing the suggestions and will select the honorees.
This simpler -- yet more thorough -- process helps us to better identify and celebrate the outstanding suppliers to the incentive industry and help you and other planners deliver a successful incentive award. Winners will be announced on October 1st. View 2017 winners gallery here.