Incentive Research Foundation Releases White Paper in Vegas

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The 18 million-sf CityCenter Las Vegas opened in 2009 with no less than six LEED Gold-certified properties. One of them, the 4,004-room, 5-diamond ARIA Resort & Casino, opened as the largest LEED Gold building in the world. The commitment to sustainability continues with this summer’s introduction of the Strip’s first private electric vehicle charging station at the 3,211-room Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Both are part of MGM Resorts International, and beyond their proven green mission, they provide unlimited variety for meeting, F&B and entertainment venues when packaged with the rest of MGM’s portfolio, including Bellagio and SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand.

We checked in at ARIA this summer for the Incentive Research Foundation’s 18th annual Incentive Invitational. During the 4-day educational/networking event, IRF unveiled its latest white paper: “The Design & Impact of Employee Recognition Incentive Travel Programs,” which you can access at theirf.org.

The innovative paper examines a methodology for companies to create nomination-based travel incentive programs for non-sales employees, who are typically not offered travel rewards. The conclusions of the paper focus on six best practices ranging from the importance of clarifying the nomination process to creating transparent selection and evaluation guidelines.

The internal politics of such a program can be dicey due to the subjective nature of the selection process, versus the quota-based selection process inherent within sales departments. The IRF’s white paper exposes those potential challenges and offers ways to nip them in the bud, based on the successful experiences of an organization who operates such a program.

Next year’s Invitational takes place at the new 1,002-room JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country.

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