The 13th annual SITE Classic concluded last week at Grand Hyatt, Baha Mar in the Bahamas with 300 incentive travel professionals in attendance.
For three days attendees connected and built their professional networks, learned career-enhancing new skills and explored the host destination while raising over $250,000 for SITE Foundation projects on research, education and advocacy.
“We’ve had Baha Mar on our radar for some time now”, said John Iannini, president of the SITE Foundation, in a written statement, “so anticipation amongst our attendee community was almost at fever pitch. Hurricane Dorian did cause problems but once it passed, and the health and safety of our attendees was secure, we were determined to be part of the solution by bringing SITE Classic here and channelling the good news that the Bahamas is very much open for business”.
Besides a full afternoon of activities in support of hurricane relief on day three of the event, on day two attendees chose from eight options that included an opportunity to take the Certified Incentive Travel Professional (CITP) designation. Other destination-specific experiences included “flexing with the flock”, an outdoor yoga class in the presence of the graceful pink flamingos.
From a fundraising perspective, SITE Classic silent and live auctions raised a combined total of over $250,000 for the SITE Foundation. SITE Classic 2020 will take place in Seattle next fall; dates TBD.