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


Tom Boucher

Tom Boucher is a vice president in the Velocity B2B unit of CashStar. He brings 14 years of retail gift card experience and over 25 total years of retail experience. Most recently, Tom had full gift card program oversight while with Best Buy, building and managing Best Buy’s highly successful B2B gift card program.

Rhonda Brewer

Rhonda Brewer is the Vice President of Sales at BCD Meetings and Events. She brings more than 30 years of MICE experience including, project management, operations, business development, industry relations, strategy, communications, administration, business solutions, creative services, sales, marketing and leadership. 

Shelly Colla

Shelly Colla, National Sales Manager, Premium Incentive Group, Sony Electronics Inc. Shelly has worked with Sony Electronics for over 20 years and managed the U.S. Premium Incentive Group. With Customer Relationship Management as her core skill, she has built valuable relationships across the industry and she has served as a longtime member of the Incentive Marketing Association.

Mike Donnelly

Mike Donnelly, President of Hinda Incentives, is a 30‐year veteran of the incentives, recognition, engagement, and loyalty industries, Mike is responsible for all leadership aspects of Hinda, including sales, marketing, product development, strategic direction, and operations.

Holly Glowaty

Holly Glowaty, Co-Founder at K+H Connection,  has spent over 10 years working with merchants to create profitable partnerships in FinTech, loyalty/rewards and Sports Marketing, representing major gift card portfolios for JCPenney and Staples and creating numerous loyalty program partnerships.

Jonathan T. Howe

President and Senior and Founding Partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd. Jonathan is also general counsel to Meeting Professionals International, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the International Live Events Association, and special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel.

Tony Lorenz

Founder and/or CEO of four successful event-focused businesses, including his current service to PRA as CEO. Prior to PRA, Tony launched an award-winning online platform, Tony was also Co-Founder of rEvolution, now one of the largest independent sports marketing firms in the US. 

Mike May

Mike is the 2018 Chairman of the Incentive Research Foundation and President of Brightspot, a full-service performance improvement company. Brightspot manages full-service meetings, corporate events, and incentive programs for enterp rise clients – with industry – leading creativity, flexibility, and commitment to deliver results.

Steve O’Malley

Steve O’Malley is Division President of Maritz Travel. He is an industry veteran and visionary with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of roles from onsite support as a travel director to leading nearly 1,000 associates in the day-to-day operation of one of the industry’s leading companies.

David Meerman Scott

David Meerman Scott is a marketing strategist and author of "The New Rules of Marketing & PR". Previously he was the VP of marketing for two publicly traded technology companies and was also Asia marketing director for Knight-Ridder, at the time one of the world’s largest newspaper and electronic information companies. 

Jesse Wolfersberger

Jesse Wolfersberger is Chief Data Officer for Maritz Motivation Solutions. Jesse leads Maritz’s Decision Sciences team, a group of data scientists who specialize in merging the fields of behavioral science and artificial intelligence, helping brands make data-driven decisions through analytics, machine learning, and statistical analysis. 


Please check back for the updated speakers list


Sunday, November 3
All Day
Optional Spa Access to the thermal baths at the Sheraton Grand Edinburgh Hotel and Spa for all
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sir Walter Scott Foyer
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Welcome Reception
Sir Walter Scott Suite
Monday, November 4
7:30am – 8:15am
8:30am – 10:30am
Education (More Details)  
Sir Walter Scott Suite
10:30am – 10:45am


10:45am – 12:30am
One-on-One Appointments
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Lunch & Education (More Details)

Sheraton Grand Edinburgh Hotel and Spa
2:15pm – 6:00pm
Site Tours (Tour Details)  
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Evening/Dinner Reception
Tuesday, November 5
8:00am – 9:00am
Sir Walter Scott Suite
9:15am – 10:15am
Education (More Details)  
Sir Walter Scott Suite
10:30am – 11:30am

One-on-One Appointments

11:30am – 11:45am
11:45am – 12:45pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:45pm – 2:15pm

Lunch and Education (More Details)  

Sir Walter Scott Suite
2:30pm – 4:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Closing Reception
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

Landmark London

Langham Hotels

Leading Hotels of the World

London & Partners

Maui Jim


Merrion Hotel Dublin

Metropolis DMC

Monaco Government Tourist Office

Munich Convention Bureau

Norwegian Cruise lines 

Pestana Palace

PRA (Briggs)

Rocco Forte

Royal Caribbean International

Sea Dream

Singapore Tourism Board

The Balmoral Hotel 

The Marker Dublin

Tourism Ireland

Tourism Whistler

Travel Insured International

Trump Hotels & Resorts

Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

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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