November 3-6, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland

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

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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 Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.


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


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


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


"IPEC is THE event for both novice and experienced independent planners. Everyone is open to express their concerns and posing questions without worrying about 'the other side' and suppliers are truly interested in our positions and challenges, ergo the round table discussions, which are insightful and we learn from each other as well as suppliers. Our discussion on the RFP process helped me to reformulate my own forms and I believe this will result in more usable proposals. Thank YOU."

—Doris Mayer, Meetings Plus

"I applaud Northstar for caring enough about Independent Planners that they designed a meeting just for us. We are critical to the industry and have different needs than the other niche Planner demographics."

—Tess Vismale, iSocialExecution, Inc.

"In two short days IPEC accomplished two very important goals for me - it provided an intimate forum where I could meet with suppliers I've been interested in meeting; and just as importantly, it enabled me to network and share best practices with respected colleagues who do just what I do all across the country."

—Brett Sterenson, Hotel Lobbyists


Neil Brownlee
Head of Business Events, Visit Scotland

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

Padraic Gilligan
Chief Marketing Officer, SITE

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
President, Hosts Global Alliance of DMCs

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
Director of Group Sales, Leading Hotels of the World

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.


Please check back for the updated speakers list


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
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 (More Details)  
Sir Walter Scott Suite
9:30am – 12:15pm
One-on-One Appointments
Second Floor Suites
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 (More Details)  
Tours depart from Sheraton
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 (More Details)  
Sir Walter Scott Suite
9:30am – 12:15pm

One-on-One Appointments

Second Floor Suites
Departure for Lunch
12:45pm – 2:30pm

Lunch & Site Tour
Sponsored by the Principal Edinburgh George Street - Kimpton Charlotte Square

Kings Hall
3:00pm – 5:30pm
Activities in Old Town (More Details)  
Tours depart from The Principle
Transportation to Dinner
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Closing Reception
Sponsored by Visit Scotland
Attire: Kilts & Sashes (optional)
Mansfield Traquair
Wednesday, November 6
All Day

Hosted Buyers



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 speakers
  • Great meals, receptions and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers and suppliers
  • 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

Pre and Post Fams

  • Dorchester Hotel
  • Gleneagles, Scotland
  • Ireland, Adare Manor
  • Trump Turnberry
Pre FAM: 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. 


Pre FAM: Gleneagles

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. 


POST FAM: Ireland
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!


Post FAM: Trump Turnberry
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 by clicking on the "FAM TRIP INFO" button below. 

RSVP for the Pre and Post Fams during the registration process or for more information, please contact Cindy Binder at

Supplier Info/Exhibitors


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

EXHIBITORS & Sponsorship Packages
Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

EXHIBIT & Sponsorship Packages
Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Event Only Package

  • 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 & accomodations) 

Participate In

Limited Availability

  • 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


2019 Exhibitors

Adare Manor



Cashel Travel 


Event Partners Ireland


Grand Hotel Stockholm

Hotel San Remo

Hungarian Tourism Agency


Killarney Park Hotel

Lafayette Travel

Langham Hotels

Leading Hotels of the World

London & Partners

Maui Jim


Merrion Hotel Dublin

Metropolis DMC

Minor Hotels Portugal

Monaco Government Tourist Office

Munich Convention Bureau

Norwegian Cruise lines 

Pestana Palace

PRA (Briggs)

Rocco Forte

Royal Caribbean International

SBM Hotels

Scotland Hold

Sea Dream

Sheraton Grand Hotel

Singapore Tourism Board

The Balmoral Hotel 

The Marker Dublin

The Principle Edinburgh George Street

Tourism Ireland

Tourism Whistler

Travel Insured International

Trump Hotels & Resorts

Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Visit Britain

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Visit Park City

Las Vegas CVA

South San Francisco Conference Center

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Visit Fort Worth

Fredericksburg CVB

Host Global (TX, LV)

Boise Centre

Visit Oakland

Daytona CVB

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Visit Alexandria

Visit San Antonio

St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach

Sonoma County Tourism

Wigwam Resort

2018 IPEC Exhibitors


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Awesome Alpharetta CVB

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Boise Centre

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Caesars Entertainment

Charleston CVB

Daytona Beach Area CVB

Discover Newport RI

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Eldorado Resorts (Silver Legacy)

Florida Keys & Key West

Fredericksburg CVB

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Goodman Speakers Bureau

Grand Sierra Resort

Grandover Resort

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Greater Palm Springs CVB

Greater Portland Maine

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Inns of Aurora

KLC Ireland

Las Vegas CVA

Louisville CVB

M Resort

Marriott Hawaii

Meadowlands Liberty CVB

Meet Atlantic City

MEET Hawaii

Melia Hotels International / Paradisus Los Cabos

Memphis CVB

MGM National Harbor

Mohegan Sun

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Naples Grande

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Ocean Center

Ocean Properties

Palms Casino Resort

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Plaza Hotel & Casino

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reno Tahoe

Resorts Casino Hotel - Atlantic City

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

San Diego Tourism Authority

San Mateo County CVB

Savannah Convention Center

Seagate Hotel & Spa

South Point Hotel & Casino

South San Francisco Conference Center

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Iroquois NY

The Modern Honolulu

The National Conference Center / Visit Loudoun

Travel Juneau

Tropicana Las Vegas - A DoubleTree by Hilton

Vail Resorts

Velas resorts

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Visit Alexandria

Visit Berkeley

Visit Denver

Visit Houston

Visit Oakland

Visit Raleigh

Visit Savannah

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Visit Vail Valley

Westgate Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Click below to see past exhibitor list


A 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. 


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Buyers Contact:

Cindy Binder
Director of Buyer Development

Suppliers Contact:

Angie Kimmel
Senior Director of Global Event Sales

Event Logistics Contact:

Angela Cox
Group Director, Meetings & Events

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