Things were a lot different 70 years ago.
The year was 1949, and the events industry was just starting to emerge. That February, four organisations gathered to discuss issues around "group business," and created the Convention Liaison Committee (CLC) as a means to develop a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved with group business meetings at hotels.
What started as a means to streamline processes regarding meeting planning among hotel and trade executives soon became an organisation that represented and trained thousands of people across the world.
On 3 February 2019, the industry will be celebrating 70 years of leadership through the Events Industry Council. While it has been known by many a name, over the past 70 years its mission remained the same: helping businesses and organisations design and host great events, and establishing high quality best practices for people around the world.
with great pleasure that I write my first CMP Today article for you, the
community that I am proud to represent and serve this year as the new chair of the CMP Governance Commission.
let me introduce myself. Recently, I started a new job as the marketing manager
for Conventions & Events with Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision. I’ve
been married to my amazing husband, Michael, for 20 years, and we have two
adorable dachshunds named Fred and Grace (they’re father and daughter!).
When I’m not on an airplane (business or personal travel), you can find
me on a yoga mat, jogging on the Beach – Huntington Beach that is – or on a dirt bike.
For the past 10 years, Karen Kotowski, CMP, CAE, has been at
the helm of the Events Industry Council. In January 2019, Kotowski announced
her departure from the organisation. During her tenure, there has been growth
of the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) programme, rebranding of the
organisation and completion of three studies reviewing the Economic
Significance of Meetings in the U.S. as well as the first Global Economic
We sat down with Kotowski to discuss her years at Events Industry
Council and some of her incredible accomplishments.
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.
February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand
March 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco
The Events Industry Council thanks the Thailand
Convention and Exhibition Bureau, the Premier Development Partner of the SEPC
The IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award has been
designed to celebrate champions driving sustainability forward through
innovation, collaboration and idea sharing. The award recognises the meeting or
project owner, and other stakeholders such as the planner, the venue and other
key suppliers, rather than individual achievements by a single supplier or
For more information about the award, to see past recipients
and to apply, please
visit our website. Start planning ahead, as applications are due 1 March at
Starting off the New Year and planning to incorporate some
sustainability into your events but struggling to find ways to include the
messaging? We are here to help! Join us
for this fun and informative session that explores a plethora of topics
related to sustainability and how they relate to international days of
Our webinar "Celebrating and incorporating
global sustainability programmes into your 2019 events" will be on Tuesday 29
January 2019 at 11am EST, and is hosted by Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA,
Director of Industry Advancement, Events Industry Council; and Chance Thompson,
Senior Manager, Sustainability and Public Relations, Green Team Committee Chair
Person, Vice-Chair of Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee.
Out with the old, in with the new.
There’s no better time than the New Year to think about how
you’re planning your events. Trends come and go each year, but are they really
something you should keep adopting? Are there different things you should start
incorporating into your business?
We spoke with some thought leaders in the events industry to
get their take on trends that should go away and trends they hope flourish in
PCMA announced its 2019 Visionary Awards honourees and finalists, of which 11 are CMPs. The Visionary Awards will be held on May 7 in Washington D.C., and recognises the amazing work of those in the business events industry. Three CMPs are being inducted as Lifetime Achievement Honourees, including:
- Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM, CASE for the 2019 Supplier Honouree
- Lauren Kramer, CMP, CAE, MTA as the 2019 Educator Honouree
- Chris Wehking, CMP, as the 2019 Business Event Strategist Honouree
To see a complete list of those being recognised, visit PCMA’s website
USA TODAY recently published an insert looking at the future of business and tech, and included event planners as an important and growing industry. Produced by the International Live Events Association and Mediaplanet, the campaign "Meetings & Events" highlights expert insights along with destination suggestions and technology solutions.
Didn’t make it to CMP Conclave last year? Not to worry
– many sessions were recorded during CMP Conclave and are available through the Event
Industry Council's On-Demand Learning Center.
You can review best practices from leading experts in your
field and continue your professional development year-round. Recorded sessions
provide an excellent information recap and make great training. Even
better, all the recordings are available to you for free if you were an
attendee at the live event!
After you watch a session, Events Industry Council will
upload confirmation of your additional CE credits to your account within 14
The Events Industry Council (EIC) is kicking off a worldwide search for its next Chief Executive Officer to lead this organisation that serves the global events industry. In 2017, business events generated more than $2.5 trillion in sales, 26 million jobs, and contributed $1.5 trillion to GDP. The EIC also manages the Certified Meeting Professional and the Certified Meeting Professional-Healthcare credentials, the preeminent certifications for the industry.
The next CEO should possess a diverse, global perspective to help shape the vision and strategic direction of the EIC. They should have a strong track record of growth, collaboration, and strategy development and implementation. This leader will spearhead efforts to strengthen the value and sustainability of its members, support and enhance the CMP credentials, and provide a vibrant platform to address issues critical to the industry.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in leadership/management roles, including serving as an executive director, CEO, or the top P&L leader, with a track record of growing an organisation. They should be an inspirational leader with a strong business-sense that has driven highly successful performance. They should have exposure to the global trends, challenges, and opportunities of the industry and be capable of driving an ambitious strategic plan.
Representatives of global events, tourism and sustainability bodies are ushering in the new year with the unprecedented launch of four principles designed to guide and motivate event organisers worldwide to embrace and implement sustainable practices.
This multi-stakeholder group, convened by the Events Industry Council (EIC) through two forums held during IMEX in both Frankfurt and Las Vegas, agreed the focus of sustainable events would be on shared responsibility for implementation and communication, identification of the basic environmental practices and key social considerations and pathways to support thriving economic practices.
The Principles for Sustainable Events encourage organisations and practitioners to adopt practices that foster collaboration with a simple and powerful message: by working together, event planners and suppliers can support a healthy natural environment, resilient communities and culture, and thriving economies.
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