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Here’s Why Winning a Site Crystal Award Is More Than Glittery Sparkle

The team here at Meridican is proud to announce that we won the 2018 Crystal Award for Excellence in Incentive Travel: Asia Pacific! Of course, we all love basking in the recognition of winning the award, and tossing around a few bragging rights amongst our industry peers. But the real power behind the glittery sparkle of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Crystal Award, widely considered “the highest honour in our industry,” is the key message it conveys to current and potential clients. 

What’s the message? Simply put: Excellence and experience. That said, it’s not simple at all, as evidenced by SITE’s criteria for the Crystal Award:

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The Staff of Meridican shows their love for the beautiful game

Water-Cooler Conversation Heats Up

It’s a universal office truism: The hottest water-cooler topics have long been religion, wages, politics and office politics. Until now.

There’s a new water-cooler topic in town, and it has many of us all fired up: The FIFA World Cup.

Here at Meridican, our team is generally a polite, mild-mannered lot. Just… not at the moment. The World Cup is causing all sorts of fuss and strong opinions (Argentina, no contest), which has as much to do with the sport as it does the countries.

You see, incentive travel is one of the services we offer to our clients. As a result, we are fortunate to be a very well travelled group. Between our team of 26, we’ve been to almost all the countries represented. Each travel program comes with its own cherished memories and feelings of belonging and connection, which are further heightened by our wide-ranging cultural backgrounds. On the other hand, some of us are supporting a certain team not because of our familial roots or experiences in the country, but because it’s a kind of wish fulfillment; cheering for Ecuador, for example, puts me closer to it.

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