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TRAVEL Online Extra Online Extra Spas: 10 for ’10 Hotel Recovery in 2011 INCENTIVEMAG.COM/SMITHTRAVEL I N C E N T I V E M A G . C O M / S PA T R E N D S Find out the 10 spa trends to look for in 2010, as forecast by the International SPA Association Smith Travel Research expects hotel occupancy and daily rates will rise in 2011, alongside higher lodging demand Brighter Times Expected Site International Foundation survey finds planners see recovery for motivational events within two years By Matt Alderton lthough 76 percent of incentive travel buyers and suppliers report a drop in motivational events, half of them believe that the recession is over and that the industry sector will recover within two years, finds a new survey by Site International Foundation. Part of an ongoing research project announced last spring, called the Site Index, the survey examines the thoughts of incentive travel professionals with regard to the economy. “Our objective in these surveys is to learn more about buyer and supplier behavior,” says Site International Foundation Trustee and Research Committee Chair Steve O’Malley, also vice president and general manager of Maxvantage. “For example, this data revealed that 78 percent of customers have had senior management become more involved in the decision-making. So now is the time to enroll senior executives in discussions about how to use New Luxe In Orlando The 497-room Waldorf Astoria Orlando is now open, on a 482acre parcel of land surrounded on three sides by the Walt Disney World Resort. Bringing a new level of luxury to the area, the resort’s amenities include marble bathrooms, five restaurants, a swimming pool with private cabanas, a 24,000-square-foot spa by Guerlain with a 4,000-square-foot fitness center, and access to the Rees Jones-designed championship golf course at the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. The property, which includes 125 acres of state-protected waterways and wetlands, has 28,000 square feet of meeting space and prefunction areas, including an 8,100-square-foot ballroom. Also on the property is the 1,000-room Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, with seven restaurants and 122,000 square feet of meeting space. Photo: Amway Planners show confidence motivational trips, such as this one in Las Vegas, will rebound motivational events to add to employee engagement and bottom-line results.” The first annual Site Index survey, “Focus on the Economy,” also found: • 87 percent of incentive travel professionals believe motivational event cancellations will decrease or stay the same within the next six months • 74 percent of incentive travel professionals expect more flexibility in cancellation policies within the next year • 67 percent of incentive travel professionals have experienced a decrease in international destinations for motivational events • 86 percent of incentive travel professionals expect companies to rely on their motivational event providers to keep them aware of industry regulations. | December 2009 | Incentive |

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Incentive - December 2009

Incentive - December 2009
Editor’s Note: The Age of Friending
Cover Story: Social Media Can Engage Employees
Original Research: 2009 Corporate Gift IQ
Potentials: Here and Now
Travel News: Where to Go and How to Get There
Strategies: Morale-Boosting Leadership
Primer: Social Networking and Incentive Programs

Incentive - December 2009