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INCENTIVE Association (IA) membership is now open via its website.Association general secretary Peter Gray said he already had given about 200 prospective members the URL www.incentiveassociation.com and prizes and reduced membership rates will be offered to those who join before May 31.Fees for personal membership are A$198 (A$176 if paid before May 31).Corporate memberships for an organisation with four to 15 full time employees costs A$660.00 (A$550.00 before May 31) and 16-plus employees A$1,320.00 (A$1,133.00).Airline memberships cost A$4840 (A$4114), hotel groups for corporate head office or regional sales offices A$660 (A$550) and independent hotels not part of a group A$440 (A$374).To further encourage early memberships, Maui Jim Sunglasses has donated a 50 per cent discount voucher for the first 50 applicants, Shangri-La Hotels has donated a bottle ofchampagne for one draw and in another Frampton Concepts had donated a Jag watch (ladies or gents) to the value of A$199.00.The membership application web site is provided and sponsored by Cvent, which also is offering a 30 per cent discount to all IA members who sign up for its event management software.Membership is only open to suppliers and practitioners and not end users, but Gray said there would be a great deal of information on the website for everyone.“Work is continuing on the website and once completed it will be very interactive,” he said.Gray also said another priority for the IA, research into the value, benefits and contribution of the incentive industry in Australia and New Zealand, was progressing well.Professor Steve Worthington and his team from Monash University are conducting the study - the most in-depth ever done into the incentive industry - and the first results are expected in about a year. Sponsors are being sought to assist with the study. As part of their benefits the sponsors will receive the full results of the study, which will cover areas including the value and impact of incentives and look at why organisations do and don’t use incentives.Meanwhile, the association has finalised office bearers of the committee of management until the membership is in place and elections can be held.They are: Sue Jackson, executive chairman of Solterbeck as chair, David Hughes as deputy chair, Geraldine Hunt treasurer and Peter Gray general secretary. Other committee members are Nick Berry, Les Frampton, Richard Froggat, Lyn Lewis Smith, Rebecca Smith, Kirsten Strand and Mercedes Trautwein. - Jenny Burns.
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