Eda Ozden’s Inside Scoop on SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) as Board of Directors

Eda Ozden - SITE

Eda is the Director of Business Development at MEP DMC IN TURKEY. This year, she has been voted onto the Board of Directors of SITE GLOBAL!


Q: Eda, how did you first get involved with Site?

A: My parents actually founded SITE Turkey 2 decades ago along with some industry peers, so they were always involved with SITE Global. While I was still a student getting my masters degree in London, my parents encouraged me to attend the Young Leaders Conference in Iceland, this was in 2009. I ended up falling in love with the industry and joined the company officially January 2010. I got involved with the Global YL community in 2011, acted as the co-chair in 2012 and 2013. During that time we organized a variety of meetings, educational sessions and really grew the network. For example an idea I had really caught on, the idea of doing a “in the know” session with an industry professional each month on the YL Facebook page. The members this way had direct access to these industry leaders. We also had a competition for example with industry leaders as judges – so our aim was to get the YL community to learn from each other and get guidance from YL Alumni & industry leaders. We had some fabulous people get involved over the years as mentors.


Q: What are some areas you’d like to explore within your new role at SITE?

A: During my tenure I’d love to work on several areas that are dear to my heart; growth of SITE in the developing world, better communication & harmony among world chapters (especially support for small & ailing chapters) and better digital presence for SITE. Of course I’ll always have a special place in my heart for YLs and anything I can do for them would be my pleasure.


Q: How do you maximize your participation at SITE and similar associations?

A: My advice to whoever wants to get involved in SITE is to become active in Committees, it could be their regional chapter committees or global ones – either way is fine. The idea of walking into a large conference and immediately meeting people (especially important buyers) is daunting & unrealistic. You meet people through people, so start creating your group of peers – create a first circle, through that you meet your peers peers then form a large network for yourself. Whenever you go to lunch with your SITE friends, they invite some of their friends and them theirs, I’ve met so many important clients this way! Another way I use SITE is for sales appointments, wherever I travel I get in touch with my SITE friends and ask for their help – it’s always easier to get appointments from people with mutual connections. Final way to make the best use of SITE is of course the education they provide and the certifications like CIS that you can get through SITE. Especially in the Western Markets, such qualifications are immensely important. Last but not least – do attend regional events, they are often smaller and thus easier to network at!


Big congratulations to Eda on her new role and thanks for the interview!

Our Member for Italy, +39 Events, Sports a New Logo

+ 39 Events says:

Dear clients and friends,

we are delighted to present our new logo!
After 6 years of service, during which we have grown from the newcomer on the block to become one of the top 3 DMCs in Italy, it’s time to make our old logo redundant with a sincere thank you for its contribution to our success, a reflection in its simplicity of our core values, easily recognisable, immediate in its impact…..but now its time for a change. A change which arises from three points for consideration:

1. We are above all a DMC, not immediately evident from the old logo +39 events

2. The organisation of “events” is an area of our Company activities in rapid expansion, which has led us to the introduction of an in-house production team dedicated to the creation and management of events.

3. As our Company grows and develops, likewise our areas of specialisation, each of which with a requirement for individual focus and visibility.

Therefore we chose to eliminate the word “events” from our logo, creating an alternative concise and immediate in its perception, modern and elegant in its vision.

  • The “plus” symbol is legible between the three gold and silver squares, emblematic of our added value
  • “39” remains unchanged, evidence of a continuity of the Company and a reference to the country dialling code for Italy
  • The Italian flag is substituted by the written word ”ITALY” – elegant, concise and direct.

A further development of the new logo may be seen in our banner, for which we have developed a specific logo for each area of specialisation:

+ 39 DMC incoming MICE
+39 EVENTS for the realisation and production of major events
+39 LUX for VIPS services and luxury individual experiences
+39 SPORT for sporting events and corporate hospitality

Through our new brand image we hope to exalt the communication of our mission through our core value of quality, transparency, excellence of service, dynamism and flexibility.

Lorenzo Pignatti

+39 Italy”

Meet Our New Member for Switzerland

We are thrilled to introduce our newest member to the family, Felix Events in Switzerland. Felix Event Management has 25 years of experience as a Swiss DMC.

Felix Event Management is an exciting new team in the event and incentive market. They are experts in meetings, incentives, events and product launches, golf groups as well as interesting and unusual activities.

Switzerland always has been a neutral and safe country and is located in the very heart of Europe. Our country can be reached through the airports in Zurich, Geneva, Berne, Basel and Lugano (named in the order of importance) or by train. Switzerland has four (4) official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansch) thus offers a great diversity of culture, history and food. It is a tiny country but we have many lovely lakes, a lot of astonishing mountains and quite some picturesque farmland trails.

Switzerland is a unique country offering distinctive architecture, enchanting nature, wonderful castles, palaces and museums, a diverse culture, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. All of this gives our country a special charm which will make your visit memorable. Switzerland is a popular destination for international MICE events. Its well-developed infrastructure makes it ideal for corporate and business events, as well as for private trips, incentives, congresses, and world-class festivals. In Switzerland you will find state-of-the-art conference halls and venues suitable for any event, as well as great hotels and restaurants to suit your requirements.

Who likes Jazz and Wine?

Cavas Codorniu will be hosting World of DMCs’ stand event at IBTM 2015! Come by for good vibes, delicious wine, and fabulous conversation with other MICE professionals.

CAVAS Codorniu, located just 30 minutes from Barcelona and 40 minutes from Sitges, have welcomed visitors since the beginning of the last century. Designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, were declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1976 and represent one of the most prominent examples of modernist architecture in our country. Codorníu is a unique and singular place for your meetings, product presentations, conventions or events. The diversity of indoor and outdoor spaces as well as the versatility of them makes it possible to adapt to the needs of each client. The winery also offers a wide range of activities related to viticulture, gastronomy, nature, culture, art or architecture.

Come Meet us at IBTM World in Barcelona at Stand M30!

We cannot believe it’s already November and time to meet all you fine people again at IBTM! It will be difficult to miss us this year at stand M30.

The afternoon of the 18th, we will be hosting, along with Codorniú Wines, a Wine and Jazz party. We would love to see you there!

And if you’d like to make an appointment and chat about any of our qualified 61 DMCs from all over the world, make an appointment now right here.

We cannot wait to see you all there!