In an interesting move, The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives issued a press release saying that it has sent
- a letter to Delta Airlines CEO Gerald Grinstein asking the airline to reconsider its recent decision to discontinue its Meeting Network program. The change would require ticketing thirty days after blocking space with the carrier and makes it difficult, if not impossible for most incentive planners to use Delta for air travel.
“Delta’s recent decision to discontinue its Meeting Network product negatively and directly affects SITE members around the world,” said Bill Boyd, President of SITE and President of Sunbelt Motivation and Travel. “Typically, when an incentive trip is planned, the airline is contacted nearly a year prior to the event. Seats are blocked, but the actual names can not be submitted until 30-60 days prior to travel since incentive winners are not known until the end of the incentive campaign,” Boyd said.