by Vincent Alonzo | May 25, 2018
For 26 years, Incentive has recognized the industry's outstanding travel, merchandise, and branded currency or gift card suppliers with our annual Platinum Partners awards. This year, we are shaking things up. While the awards will continue to spotlight exceptional suppliers to the industry, we are revamping how these winners are selected, aiming to create a more inclusive, thorough, and easier way to recognize the industry's stars.

So what's different this year? In the past, end users nominated their best suppliers across a wide range of award categories. Now, we are opening up nominations to all of our readers to nominate suppliers in just three broad categories: Travel, Merchandise, and Gift Cards or Branded Currency. Nominators will also fill out a brief four-question survey that gives them a chance to discuss why this supplier is a "Platinum Partner."

Once the nominations are in, a panel of judgesone each for travel, merchandise, and gift cards or branded currency will review the suggestions and select the honorees.

This simpler -- yet more thorough -- process will help us better identify and celebrate the outstanding suppliers to the incentive industryand help you and other planners deliver a successful incentive award. So if you've got some award-winning stories we want to hear them. Share them with us here.