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IMEX is the meetings industry's annual show in Frankfurt, where thousands of international event planners gather to discuss and do business with destinations, hotels, airlines and suppliers. 

Doing business at the show will get you weeks ahead of schedule: Book appointments with venues and suppliers before you arrive and your event-planning needs will be achieved in record time.

Innovation: IMEX is always evolving so youíll find brand-new ideas, exhibitors, educational sessions and networking programmes. The latest trends and thousands of meeting professionals are all under one roof.

If youíre in the meetings industry, this is the show for you.

Register Now for IMEX 2015

CIC will also be exhibiting at IMEX (Stand A80) where we will also be featuring a CMP Lounge, an area set up for CMPs to come and have a drink of water or to relax on the show floor. This year, CIC is also hosting its first Hosted Buyers Group! Join CIC for these four educational sessions: 

Tuesday, May 19
11:30-12:00 CMP: Becoming a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

The CMP certification is recognized throughout the world as the measurement of a highly skilled and knowledgeable meeting professional. In this session, you will learn why this certification could help you, who is eligible, the application requirements and the CMP Programís policies and procedures.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the 10 International Standards of the certification
  2. Why this certification can help you in your career 
  3. All requirements need to apply or recertify
 Presenter: Gayle Dahlman, Director, Certification Convention Industry Council 

14:30-15:00 Room Block Poaching: Strategies for Protecting Your Events

Room block management is a key issue for meeting professionals. One of the rising risks of underperformance and attrition comes from businesses that actively seek to recruit or divert event attendees away from official room blocks and into their hotel bookings. These businesses use a range of techniques to approach attendees and obtain their business. The Convention Industry Councilís APEX initiative is developing best practices, tools, and resources to aid meeting professionals in managing and protecting room blocks against poaching activity. Attend this session to learn more!

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn what research tells us about the scope and impacts of poaching activity.
  2. Identify key strategies for protecting room blocks from 'poaching'.
  3. Improve your room block performance.
Presenters: Michael Owen, EventGenuity LLC and Chair of CICís APEX Committee, Kasey Connors, Director of Programs and Services, Convention Industry Council 

Wednesday, May 20
11:30-12:00 CMP: Becoming a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) (repeat) 

14:30-15:00 High Speed Internet  and Events: Understanding it all

At some point in every event planning process, there is a conversation regarding internet access. Given the pace of technological change and consumer usage patterns, the concern is whether either side has sufficient knowledge to ask the right questions and achieve desired outcomes. Nearly everyone in the meetings industry understands the importance of event history and accurately projecting attendance, F&B needs, etc. But many, whether in the supplier or the planner camp, donít understand High Speed Internet Access (HSIA), how much bandwidth events use, how it is being used, and whether the services sold are actually being delivered. 

Learning Outcomes
  1. Enhance your knowledge of how personal technology and high speed internet are impacting all areas of events.
  2. Engage in discussions about internet access needs.
  3. Expand attendee/delegate satisfaction.
Presenter: Michael Owen, EventGenuity LLC 

Thursday, May 21
11:30 Ė 12:00 Meetings Advocacy 
Mexico, Canada and the U.S. joined together to host the first North American Meetings Day on April 16, 2015. The combined partnership was to promote the industryís role in driving business success as well as to illustrate the impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities. Meetings industry organizations and chapters from all over North America held events to recognize and celebrate the day, making a powerful statement on value of the global meetings industry. Find out how the combined efforts generated buzz and how you can adapt for your region.  

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify ways you can bring back this idea to your country or local community
  2. Understand the combined impact of the meetings industry
  3. Gain resources to use for your own events
Presenter: Karen Kotowski, CEO, Convention Industry Council 


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