Global Incentive Summit Will Welcome International Motivational Travel Industry to Banff, Canada

Northstar's hosted-buyer event in October will be one of Canada's first in-person events for international incentive planners and suppliers.

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The Global Incentive Summit will be held at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Canada.

Northstar’s Global Incentive Summit, which runs Oct. 18-20 at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, is set to be one of Canada's first major in-person, international incentive events this year, following the Aug. 9 reopening of the country’s borders to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and Sept. 7 reopening for fully vaccinated citizens from other countries.  

The much-anticipated event, which was held virtually in 2020, will offer participants one-on-one meetings, an agenda of timely education, and the opportunity to experience the gorgeous destination, perched high in the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group's industry-leading brands: Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Incentive and Meeting News. Northstar is now accepting registration for suppliers and fully hosted buyers.

Canada’s meetings and incentive community is well-prepared to host the event. “Our community was built to welcome visitors; we are open, ready and eager to welcome groups,” said Kira Lu, director of business events, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism. “Banff and Lake Louise offer incredible experiences that reconnect people to nature and the outdoors.” 

“Hosting GIS is an incredible opportunity for us,” noted Mark Zanetti, incentive specialist at Business Events Canada. “Not only are we able to showcase the destination and country, but we are also able to help reopen our industry safely in a post-Covid world.”  

Strict Health Protocols in Place

All Global Incentive Summit attendees will be required to follow Northstar's stringent health protocols, which adhere to CDC  and local requirements (proof of vaccination 14 days prior to the event or a Canadian government-approved quarantine plan for anyone not vaccinated). Daily temperature screenings will be taken, and a quarantine area will be reserved for anyone whose temperature is higher than 99-degrees Fahrenheit. Northstar’s events team will brief all participants on required documentation and health measures prior to the event. 

Registration Now Open

The roster of enthusiastic participants is growing quickly. “My first Global Incentive Summit was the virtual event in November 2020, and I am definitely looking forward to attending this year’s GIS in Banff,” said Mary Ann MacDonald, business events manager, Americas, for Business Events Australia. “The virtual GIS was well-organized, and the incentive planners interested in international destinations such as Australia were well-worth meeting. It will be wonderful to meet and network with everyone again — in person!” 

“I’m very much looking forward to this year’s event in Banff,” echoed said Joshua NovickLondon & Partner’s vice president, North America. “The fantastic host destinations and the attention to detail creates a great experience for both the clients and the suppliers. The Global Incentive Summit offers one-of-a-kind experiences coupled with productive business results.”

Find the agenda, hosted buyer information, sponsor registration and more at the Global Incentive Summit website.