The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) is pleased to announce that the 25th Annual Education Invitational, May 29 – June 2, 2018, will be hosted by The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, in Rivera Maya, Mexico. This exclusive event provides invited attendees with direct exposure to the industry’s preeminent voices and applicable analysis of the IRF’s research.  

The 2017 Education Invitational was a tremendous success, selling out all available slots in a record time of less than eight weeks. The IRF’s exciting live and silent auctions also exceeded all goals. The Invitational took place in June at The Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Maui, Hawaii, with a record-setting 600 sponsors, buyers, trustees, hosts, media and guests. Attendees from incentive travel and meeting companies represented more than 10,000 meetings and incentives with and $1.5Billion in spend. These attendees were 64 percent VP level and above and represented nearly 100 different organizations. 

“The IRF was thrilled to hit record sponsorship and attendance for the 2017 Education Invitational. In 2018, we look forward to introducing a new schedule and a reimagined Education Day to present our research to the top talent in the industry,” said Melissa Van Dyke, President, Incentive Research Foundation. “The IRF is excited to showcase all the Rivera Maya has to offer at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun at the 25th Annual Education Invitational.” 

The IRF's 25th Annual Education Invitational will take place at the brand new The Grand at Moon Palace. The Grand presents a unique “resort within a resort” concept located within the AAA Four Diamond award-winning Moon Palace Cancun. A recent $450 million investment created a property with spacious, chic accommodations, high-end activities and exclusive access to premier dining establishments. The Grand at Moon Palace features a private adult pool which will host this year's Cabana Day and is in close proximity to monumental attractions and conference facilities, including 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature designed golf and the Moon Palace Arena. 

For information on sponsoring or applying to attend the 2018 IRF Education Invitational, please visit


About the IRF: The Incentive Research Foundation ( funds and promotes research to advance the science and enhance the awareness and appropriate application of motivation and incentives in business and industry globally. The goal is to increase the understanding, effective use, and resultant benefits of incentives to businesses that currently use incentives and others interested in improved performance.