• Destination Colorado Recognized Industry Leaders with Peak Performer of the Year Awards

     
    POSTED January 23, 2017
     

The 2016 Peak Performer of the Year award winners have finally been announced. The honors were given at Destination Colorado’s Annual Meeting in the beginning of December at EXDO Event Center in Denver.

The awards recognize members for their outstanding leadership and commitment to promoting the meetings and events industry in Colorado.

The Individual of the Year award was given to Ellen Collins, senior manager of Global Group Sales for Vail Resorts Meetings & Events. Collins has been involved with membership meetings, road shows, the Customer Appreciation Event and Front Range Trade Show, and a number of other Destination Colorado events. Serving as a board member since 2011, Collins has been a major part of the growth of the group and its members.

“Ellen is inquisitive, highly creative and very attentive,” says Janie McCullough executive director, Destination Colorado. “She is an outstanding professional role model for both Destination Colorado and the entire meetings industry.”

The Company of the Year award was given to Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. The company has been an active member of Destination Colorado for years, and participates in initiatives like the Front Range Trade Show, membership meetings and various road shows. They even hosted Destination Colorado’s Customer Appreciation Event in September 2016.

“What makes Devil's Thumb special goes far beyond location and venue,” says McCullough. “The property’s team members and staff are exceptional. They are professional and responsive, and they demonstrate teamwork with positive attitudes and smiling faces.”

Results from the Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) 2022 Incentive Travel Destination Preferences & Their Impact on Motivation confirmed that interest in incentive travel as a motivating sales reward is at an all-time high. 91% of 405 survey respondents described group incentive travel as extremely or very motivating compared to 80% last year. Individual incentive travel was rated even higher as a motivational award at 96% versus 84% last year. 

 

Everybody loves to talk about welcoming change. Then change happens, and whew, it’s tough. After the past few years, meetings and events professionals certainly appreciate that feeling, but they’re also feeling energized by so many new ways for attendees to gather. 

 

The corporate world spends an estimated $242 billion on gifts for employees and customers, according to Forbes. Wouldn’t it be rewarding if the purchasing and giving of these types of gifts offered meaningful work for veterans, women, and their children?