The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has chosen the IMEX Group as the recipient of its 2014 Richard Ross Past Presidents' Award, the IMEX Group reported this week.
The award, which recognizes outstanding service to the incentive travel industry, was created in memory of SITE Past President Richard Ross, who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York. This year is the first time the award has been given to an organization rather than an individual.
"It was thrilling on behalf of all the past presidents of SITE to present the 2014 Richard Ross Award to IMEX -- an organization icon in our business, and the first-ever organization to be recognized with this well-deserved honor," said Louise Hall Reider, chair of the SITE Past Presidents Council. "This distinction applauds their notable contributions and long-term service to the incentive travel industry, for which we are all exceedingly grateful."
Among its many achievements, IMEX was honored for pioneering the concept of a hosted buyer program, which according to the past presidents of the SITE International Board of Directors "changed the way business shows were organized and run."
"It is a great honor for IMEX to receive the Richard Ross Award from SITE," said IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom. "We are extremely grateful to be recognized in this way by the industry and it is first and foremost a great testament to the IMEX team."
Represented by Managing Director Paul Flackett, the IMEX Group accepted its award last month at the SITE Global Conference in Rotterdam.