Incentive Research Foundation Welcomes 500 Top Industry Professionals to the 26th Annual Education Invitational in Miami

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The Incentive Research Foundation hosted its 26th Annual Education Invitational, June 19 – June 23, 2019 at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. More than 500 sponsors, buyers, trustees, hosts, media and speakers attended the sold-out event, with attendees representing over 13,500 meetings, incentives and events annually and a collective annual spend of nearly $1.2 billion.

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“During the last 10 years alone, the IRF has spent over $2 million on research and education on the topics of incentives and motivation in the workplace. The IRF provides all of its research and education to the public for free.

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) hosted its 26th Annual Education Invitational, June 19 – June 23, 2019 at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami, Florida. More than 500 sponsors, buyers, trustees, hosts, media and speakers attended the sold-out event. The elite event attracted hosted buyers from over 145 incentive travel and Fortune 1000 companies with 64 percent VP level and above. Attendees represented over 13,500 meetings, incentives and events annually with a collective annual spend of nearly $1.2 billion.

The IRF Education Invitational provided attendees direct exposure to an impressive roster of thought leaders and influencers. Education offerings were focused on insightful analysis of the IRF’s research, reports, and signature studies.

“During the last 10 years alone, the IRF has spent over $2 million on research and education on the topics of incentives and motivation in the workplace. The IRF provides all of its research and education to the public for free,” said Melissa Van Dyke, President, the Incentive Research Foundation. “The IRF Education Invitational is the IRF’s most important annual fundraising activity supporting our research and education. The IRF is incredibly grateful for the industry’s support of this event.”

Loews Miami Beach Hotel helped set the tone for the IRF Education Invitational’s theme of “The Art of the Experience.” Located in the heart of South Beach’s vibrant Art Deco District, the recently redesigned resort features 790 beautifully designed guestrooms, an iconic pool deck with direct beach access, and an array of luxury experiences.

“It was a privilege to partner with the Incentive Research Foundation to create and deliver an exceptional experience for attendees at this year’s IRF Education Invitational,” said Alex Tonarelli, Managing Director of Loews Miami Beach Hotel. “Hosting ‘The Art of the Experience’ afforded us the unique opportunity to showcase our oceanfront resort and beautiful destination as an ideal choice for incentive meetings and events. We’re proud to support the IRF and the important work the organization does on behalf of the industry.”

Throughout the Invitational, the IRF Board of Trustees engaged attendees in a series of discussions as the IRF begins its strategic planning for the next five years. Industry professionals shared their thoughts on how the IRF can continue to serve their needs, conduct impactful research, and advance the incentives industry overall. The IRF will continue to collect insights from the broader incentives community as it crafts the IRF’s Vision 2025 strategic plan.

The IRF will again hold its third annual Leadership Insights Forum in Newport Beach, California, September 23 – 24, 2019 at The Resort at Pelican Hill.

The 27th Annual IRF Education Invitational will take place at Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, May 20 – 24, 2019.

About the IRF:
The Incentive Research Foundation (http://www.TheIRF.org) funds and promotes research to advance the science and enhance the awareness and appropriate application of motivation and incentives in business and industry globally. The goal is to increase the understanding, effective use, and resultant benefits of incentives to businesses that currently use incentives and others interested in improved performance.

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