On Site at the IRF Invitational at The Grand at Moon Palace

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Proceeds from the annual auction fund IRF research all year long.

Each year, the IRF Invitational just keeps getting better. A fabulous educational experience, a record-setting auction and a charming destination experience in Cancun: This one will be hard to top.

The Incentive Research Foundation brought 500 guests to Cancun last week for the annual IRF Invitational and a celebration of the organization’s 25th year. Highlights included a day of education with speakers on social media, the generations and other hot topics; a host of day trips where attendees had a chance to explore local attractions such as Tulum and Xcaret; and the annual live auction, where bucket list trips to South Africa and The Masters had attendees bidding upwards of $15,000 each. The proceeds from the live and silent action fund the research this organization develops all year long, such as its just released white paper, Establishing the Intangible, Non-Financial Value of Awards Programs

Attendees also had a chance to experience the transformed Grand at Moon Palace, where $450 million has been invested to transform the resort into a new luxury experience, including a 27-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus; 14 F&B outlets, from Lebanese to Italian; and a magnificent spa that spans an entire level of the main building, with 64 treatment rooms and a sensation circuit that includes a cryotherapy shower and ice room. This meeting space is massive, with a ballroom that accommodates 2,400 and a theater seating 1,000.

The 26th Annual IRF Education Invitational will take place at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, June 19 to 23, 2019.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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