The Events Industry Council’s study on the global economic significance
of business events, conducted by Oxford Economics, is unprecedented research
that could only be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of the public
and private sectors to qualify the value, influence and impact that business
events have throughout the world. It further enables this dynamic industry to
benchmark its current contributions and track its future growth.
The data in this study provides a clear and
credible statistical base on which to gain recognition for this vast and diverse
industry as a vital economic driver and clearly articulates the downstream
effect on other industries and the people who work in them. Anyone who reads
this report will better understand the economic significance as well as the
depth and breadth of the global business events industry.
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something, especially to do something creative.
People are inspired by many different things whether it’s a
person, place or thing. I have had the opportunity in the past week to be
inspired by all three while participating in the CMP Governance Commission fall
meeting and the CMP Conclave in Birmingham, AL. I am constantly inspired by the dedication and volunteerism
of the professionals in our industry. This was the final meeting of our CMP
commission for the year. Although a few people were unable to make the trip,
they still participated virtually in the full day meeting. The dedication of
these individuals to contribute to the future of the CMP is motivating.
Sathya Darshan Chinni is a really unique kind of leader in
the events industry. Chinni is one of two CMPs in India, and is at the
forefront of creating more event opportunities there. The 34-year-old has
10-plus years of experience in event planning, and is currently the vice president
of event planning and strategy at Eventures India.
CMP Today sat down
with Chinni to ask him about the evolving events industry in India, his hopes
for the future and the challenges of being one of the few CMPs in his country.
By Corbin Ailer, CMP
Another dynamic, educational CMP Conclave is in the books – this year from historic Birmingham, Ala! CMPs from 37 states, as well as Mexico, Taiwan, and Denmark arrived ready to learn and network in the Magic City.
The educational content was engaging and energising over the three-day conference, which helped us elevate expectations of ourselves professionally and personally. Patrick Henry, CSP, serenaded us with his wit
and his message of how to make our events "Re-Memorable." Sylvie di Giusto, CSP, guided us through how first impressions can help or hinder us, and how to make positive changes. Closing speaker Ben Nemtin shared his inspiring story of an off-the-cuff bucket list of 100 items between a small group of friends that turned into a global movement of millions – a
movement that asks, "What do you want to do before you die?"
Join the Events Industry Council at this year’s Holiday Showcase, presented by the Association Forum, on 12 December in Chicago. Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, Events Industry Council’s Director of Industry Advancement, will be speaking on creating sustainable events. She’ll touch on how to save money through sustainable practices, improving your event’s environmental impact and more.
For more information about the Holiday Showcase, and to register, please visit the event’s website
Combining active learning and experiential elements, this programme is designed to enable participants to implement their own sustainable events. Topics will include understanding the business value of sustainability for the events industry; practical solutions for improving your environmental performance in areas such as food and beverage, transportation and supply chain management; and effective methods for achieving corporate social responsibility goals. As part of the programme, the participants will customise a roadmap for their own sustainable event.
The Events Industry Council thanks the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, the Premier Development Partner of the SEPC programme.
By Charles Schlagenhauf
Director of Operations, Centerplate at the Baltimore Convention Center
are in a position to drive food donations to their local community, and it is
important to not let this opportunity go to "waste." This is becoming
particularly important as the industry shifts towards more sustainable
initiatives. Your food service companies may say they can’t donate food because
of liability. This should never be the case, and let me tell you why.
The Events Industry Council recently announced 175 individuals passed the latest Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam, and two individuals passed the additional examination to receive their Certified Meeting Professional-Health Care (CMP-HC) designation. This distinguished credential, recognised throughout the events industry, demonstrates an individual’s comprehensive knowledge of meeting management, as well as a commitment to the professional.
Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) announced its International Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees, which becomes effective 1 January 2019. On that list are several CMPs.
Philip Eidsvold, CIS, CITP, will serve as president of the SITE International Board of Directors. Joining him are:
- Immediate Past President: Annamaria Ruffini, CMP, CIS, CITP, president and CEO Events In & Out S.R.L.
- Julia Trejo, CMP CIS, DMCP, director of business development at Terramar
John Iannini, CIS, CITP CTC, vice president business travel meetings & events Americas, Melia Hotels International, will serve his second year as SITE Foundation President. Joining him is:
- Selina Sinclair, CMP CITP, SMMC, global managing director, Pacific World
Two CMPs were inducted as part of the Members of Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP) board of directors. In total, three people were elected to the 2019 board. The announcement was made at the 2018 FICP Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Laura Rodrigues, CMP, CMM, senior manager of corporate events at RBC Insurance Services; and Jennifer Squeglia, CMP, an independent contractor with Boston Private, were named to the board. Meredith Brewer, corporate vice president of corporate events for New York Life Insurance Company, was also named to the board.
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