Global Incentive Summit

Reach the Most Highly-Qualified Global Incentive Audience and Make Invaluable Business Connections at Global Incentive Summit, November 3-6, 2019, in Edinburgh, Scotland!

ABOUT GLOBAL INCENTIVE SUMMIT

Global Incentive Summit—Northstar's global hosted buyer event for the incentive travel industry—brings together the most highly-qualified incentive travel buyers with top incentive destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, DMCs, DMOs and tourism offices from around the world. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers and network with this exclusive group of incentive specialists, all while enjoying one of the most stunning and enthralling cities in the world, Edinburgh, Scotland. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.

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Learn

Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers who will provide targeted education specific to your needs as a meeting and incentive planner.

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Connect

Connect with premier suppliers from around the world during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.

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Enjoy

All qualified buyers will be fully hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, including airfare, accommodation, meals and planned activities.

Neil Brownlee

Neil Brownlee

At Visit Scotland, Neil oversees the Business Events team and is responsible for overall strategic direction and the planning of destination marketing.

Padraic Gilligan

Padraic Gilligan

Padraic oversees marketing for SITE, the largest global association for the incentive travel industry. He also is a managing partner at SoolNua, a marketing agency that works with destinations, venues and hotels. Prior to founding SoolNua, Gilligan was vice president of Ovation, MCI's global DMC network, and vice president of industry relations at MCI.

Marty MacKay

Marty MacKay

Marty has spent her entire career mastering the event world. Her professional background began on the client side, where she learned the event business from the ground up while working at a leading fortune 500 company. Since joining Hosts Global in 2013, she has more than doubled the size of the alliance and introduced best practices and standards across the membership. Marty is the immediate past president of the Association of Destination Management Executives International and a leader in the hospitality industry’s focus to drive emergency preparedness.

Nicole Trottier

Nicole Trottier

In her role with Leading Hotels, Nicole represents more than 400 luxury properties in more than 80 countries. Prior to joining LHW, she spent 18 years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts as part of the sales teams in Chicago, London and Nevis.

Sunday, November 3

11:00am 3:00pm
Optional Walking City Tour

Departs from Hotel Lobby
3:00pm 6:00pm
Registration, Activity Confirmations & Kilt Fittings for Men
Men Princess Suite
6:00pm 8:00pm
Welcome Reception

Sponsored by The Balmoral

Sir Walter Scott Suite

Monday, November 4

7:30am 9:00am
Breakfast, Education & Maui Jim Sunglass Fittings

What’s New and Next for Incentive Travel?

Industry leaders will share their insights on

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incentive travel trends and developments for 2020 and beyond during this lively panel discussion. Topics to be covered include a preliminary look at findings of the Incentive Travel Industry Index, program budgets, working with hotels and hot destinations.
 
Panelists:
Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Events, Visit Scotland
Padraic Gilligan, Chief Marketing Officer, SITE
Nicole Trottier, Director of Group Sales, Leading Hotels of the World

Sir Walter Scott Suite
9:30am 12:15pm
One-on-One Appointments
Second Floor Suites
12:45pm
Departure for Lunch
1:00pm 2:30pm
Lunch & Site Tour

Sponsored by The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

Sheraton Grand
Edinburgh Hotel and Spa
2:30pm 5:30pm
Activities

Tour Options (please select an option during the registration process):

  • Vintage Red Bus
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Tour and Afternoon Tea
  • Royal Yacht Britannia Tour
  • Borthwick Castle and Activities
    • Tours depart from Sheraton
      6:30pm
      Transportation to Dinner

       

        7:00pm 10:00pm
        Reception & Dinner

        Attire: Jackets for guys & cocktail attire for ladies

        Tuesday, November 5

        7:30am – 9:00am
        Breakfast & Education

        Crisis Management: Are You Prepared?
        Presented by Marty MacKay, DMCP, President, Hosts Global

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        Alliance of DMCs
         
        How will you ensure your group’s safety if a crisis — natural disaster, terrorism, civil unrest, health concern — occurs during your meeting? An expert who developed the emergency crisis plan for members of the Association of Destination Management Executives International, as well as their emergency-planning certificate course, will provide tips and discuss best practices for crafting and implementing a crisis plan.

        Sir Walter Scott Suite
        9:30am 12:15pm
        One-on-One Appointments
        Second Floor Suites
        12:30pm
        Departure for Lunch
        12:45pm 2:30pm
        Lunch & Site Tour

        Sponsored by the Principal Edinburgh George Street - Kimpton Charlotte

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        Kings Hall
        3:00pm 5:30pm
        Activities in Old Town

        Tour Options (please select an option during the registration process):

        • Mary Kings
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      • Edinburgh Castle 
      • Scotch Whiskey Experience 
      • Explore the Old Town on own 
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        Tours depart from The Principle
        7:00pm
        Transportation to Dinner
        7:00pm – 10:00pm
        Closing Reception

        Sponsored by Visit Scotland
        Attire: Kilts & Sashes (optional)

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        Mansfield Traquair

        Wednesday, November 6

        All Day
        Depatures

        ALL QUALIFIED BUYERS WILL BE FULLY HOSTED BY NORTHSTAR MEETINGS GROUP, INCLUDING AIRFARE, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS, AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES.

        INFORMATION

        Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

        • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with global incentive suppliers including travel and brand name merchandise
        • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speaker
        • Great meals, receptions and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers and supplier
        • Unique experiential activities showcasing Edinburgh, Scotland as a premier meetings and incentive destination

        To learn more why past buyers say this event is the best networking and education experience in the incentive industry, please contact Cindy Binder at [email protected]

        PRE AND POST FAMS


        PRE FAM MONACO

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        Monaco

        Set along the Côte d’Azur between France and Italy, the cosmopolitan Principality of Monaco offers the essence of Europe—history, elegance, and excitement—in less than a square mile. Accessible, glamorous and, above all, affordable—Monaco is one of the world’s most attractive destinations for business events. Join Visit Monaco on an epic adventure. Check out full details of the proposed trip by clicking on the "FAM TRIP INFO" button below.

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        PRE FAM GLENEAGLES

        Gleneagles

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        Before attending GIS, experience the world-famous Gleneagles and its glorious playground. Set in 850 acres of stunning Perthshire countryside this iconic Estate has recently completed an extensive redevelopment. Offering a wide variety of world-class on-site activities, three championship golf courses and a destination Spa, Gleneagles offers the best of Scotland for any meeting and incentive program. Check out full details of the proposed trip by clicking on the "FAM TRIP INFO" button below.

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        POST FAM IRELAND

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        Come join Meet in Ireland on a magical journey to experience the uniqueness of Ireland. During your stay in Ireland you will get to enjoy the very best of Irish hospitality and experience many of the hotels, venues and activities that makes Ireland such a unique destination. Check out full details of the proposed trip by clicking on the "FAM TRIP INFO" button below. Meet in Ireland looks forward to welcoming you!

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        POST FAM TRUMP TURNBERRY

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        Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort and winner of the Scottish Hotel of the Year 2018, enjoys a spectacular coastal setting with breathtaking views of Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and the Irish Sea. Surrounded by Scotland's most beautiful scenery, every visit is unforgettable. Indulge yourself at our award-winning spa or experience exhilarating outdoor activities at Turnberry Adventures or horse riding. Enjoy world-class golf on the Championship Ailsa course, a round on the King Robert the Bruce or enhance your golf skills at The Golf Academy. Check out full details of the proposed trip below.

           


        Day One

        • Breakfast at Leisure in 1906, our signature restaurant On Resort experiencing some of the following... 
        • Golf (either 18 holes on the world renowned Ailsa Course for golfers or a fun golf clinic and pitch n putt competition for the more inexperienced golfer)
        • Turnberry Adventures (quads, 4x4, archery, clay pigeon shooting)
        • The Turnberry Spa
        • Horse Riding at The Turnberry Stables
        • Lunch in Duel in the Sun located in The Clubhouse
        • Dinner at The Chef's Table in the heart of the Main Kitchen

          Day Two

          • Off Resort experiencing the following...
          • Visit to The Robert Burns Museum and Birthplace Cottage (famous Scottish Poet)
          • Visit to Alex Begg (Scottish Cashmere Company) & tour of the cashmere factory, finishing with a visit to the shop with champagne and canapes  
          • Visit to Blairquhan Castle for tour and lunch
          • Visit to The Whisky Experience (guests can learn about Scottish Whisky and bottle their own personally labelled whisky)
          • Dinner with Scottish Entertainment in The Turnberry Lighthouse


          RSVP for the Pre and Post Fams during the registration process or for more information, please contact Cindy Binder at [email protected].

          REACH THE MOST HIGHLY-QUALIFIED NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN BUYERS FROM INCENTIVE HOUSES, MEETING MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, CORPORATE DIRECT PLANNERS AND INDEPENDENT PLANNERS WHO ARE PLANNING INCENTIVE TRAVEL PROGRAMS GLOBALLY.

          Individual Package

          EXHIBIT & SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES LIMITED AVAILABILITY (FEE FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPLIERS)

          • Display table for one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted incentive buyers from North America and Europe
          • All networking activities, off-site functions and meals
          • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & accommodations) 

           

          Enterprise Package

          PARTICIPATE IN

          • Exciting networking opportunities with your industry peers
          • Pre-scheduled meetings with highly-qualified incentive travel buyers
          • Unique experiential activities showcasing one of the most stunning and enthralling cities in the world, Edinburgh, Scotland

           

          Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

          For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Angie Kimmel at [email protected]

          Request Info GIS

           

          EXHIBITORS

          2019 Exhibitors

          • Adare Manor
          • ALHI
          • Amstar
          • Cameron House
          • Cashel Travel
          • Dorchester Collection
          • Dream Catcher
          • Event Partners Ireland
          • Experience Scotland
          • Gleneagles
          • Grand Hotel Stockholm
          • Hotel San Remo
          • Hungarian Tourism Agency
          • Iberostar
          • Killarney Park Hotel
          • Lafayette Travel
          • Langham Hotels
          • Leading Hotels of the World
          • Le Méridien Nice
          • London & Partners
          • Marketing Edinburgh
          • Maui Jim
          • Melia
          • Merrion Hotel Dublin
          • Metropolis DMC
          • Minor Hotels Portugal
          • Monaco Government Tourist Office
          • Munich Convention Bureau
          • Norwegian Cruise lines
          • Pestana Palace
          • PRA (Briggs)
          • Rocco Forte Hotels
          • Royal Caribbean International
          • SBM Hotels
          • Sea Dream
          • Sheraton Grand Hotel
          • Singapore Tourism Board
          • The Balmoral Hotel
          • The Landmark London
          • The Marker Dublin
          • The Principle Edinburgh George Street
          • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
          • Tourism Ireland
          • Tourism Whistler
          • Travel Insured International
          • Trump Hotels & Resorts
          • Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
          • Visit Britain
          • Visit Scotland/Alba
          • Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
          • Wales

          Click below to see past exhibitor list

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          Prestigious Address, Famous For Its Timeless Elegance and Glamour

          For over a century, The Balmoral hotel has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark in the centre of the city, the historic building’s grand clock still dominates the skyline, while its enviable location, stunning views, warm hospitality and world-class facilities provide the perfect retreat. Enjoy dinner in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, unwind in the award-winning spa and enjoy views of Edinburgh Castle from your suite.

          The Balmoral
          1 Princes Street
          Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2EQ

          Hotel Website

           

          Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

          Suppliers: You will receive information as the event approaches to book your accommodations.

           

          Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

          Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

          Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

          • CBS International
          • Corporate Booking Services 
          • EHRS 
          • Exhibition Housing Services 
          • Global Housing Corporation 
          • World Wide Travel 

          Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group.

           

          EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

          FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR SALES REPRESENTATIVE OR:

          Buyers Contact:

          Cindy Binder

          Director of Buyer Development

          [email protected]

          Suppliers Contact:

          Angie Kimmel

          Senior Director of Global Event Sales

          [email protected]

          Event Logistics Contact:

          Angela Cox

          Group Director, Meetings & Events

          [email protected]