by Lisa A. Grimaldi | November 21, 2019

Budgets are expanding for incentive programs, and companies are appreciating the "soft-power" objectives programs deliver -- aiming, for instance, to build engagement and retain employees -- as well as the traditional goal of meeting and exceeding sales targets. Those positive findings are among the key takeaways from the 2019 Incentive Travel Industry Index, a collaboration between Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, the Incentive Research Foundation, and Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals.

The second annual study from Oxford Economics queried 2,600 incentive travel professionals from 100 countries. The following are highlights from this leading industry indicator. All charts sourced from Incentive Travel Industry Index.

Spend to rise

Per-person expenditures are expected to increase slightly over the next three years, according to the study. In 2019, respondents spent 1 percent more than in 2018. Planners believe year-over-year spend will continue to rise, by a projected 1.67 percent in 2020, 2.2 percent in 2021 and 2.6 percent in 2022.

Read the full details, including charts and insights about what to expect for incentives in the year ahead, at NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com