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I’ve got your back. While this is a phrase that can often feel overused, when it comes to our industry it is simply the truth. We rise to the occasion repeatedly to support our colleagues and the hospitality industry as a whole. We come together to support industry advocacy, such as the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and the Meetings Industry Advocacy Hub, but most importantly we simply have each other’s back time and time again.
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The Events Industry Council’s Council of Delegates, whose members comprise the CEOs of more than 30 of the leading industry associations, recently met in Las Vegas to discuss trends and issues facing our industry. These associations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. While many of the themes echo the discussion from the spring meeting of the council, we’ve also seen new topics come to the forefront.
You worked hard to become a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). For those of you whose certification is due to be recertified by December 31, 2017, do so now. Especially with the holidays coming up, we recommend that you don't wait until the last day! Visit the Events Industry Council website for information about recertifying today. There’s a growing demand for qualified events professionals. Recertify your CMP today to demonstrate your professional competency and credibility in this thriving industry.
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There are 380 CMPs registered to attend CMP Conclave 2017. Will you be among them? Join your fellow CMPs just outside D.C. at the MGM National Harbor, Md., November 13-15, 2017 for the industry’s only exclusive meeting of CMPs. Join your peers for education and to gain insight on unique perspectives and experiences throughout the industry. Can’t attend? CMPs will be able to access session recordings for CE towards their CMP recertification. Look for more details in the next edition of CMP Today.
The Events Industry Council has commissioned Oxford Economics to measure the significance of the meeting industry’s impact on the economy in 2016. We have been asking meeting planners/organizers, exhibitors and venues to please complete the survey so that we can better understand and communicate the industry’s value to key stakeholders. Thank you to those who have already participated. For others, you may be receiving another reminder email in coming weeks. Please take the time to contribute!
As part of the Events Industry Council's APEX initiative on cyber security, we ask that you take 7-10 minutes to complete a survey that is designed to help us assess the readiness of our industry to prevent and respond to cyber security threats. By participating in the survey, you are helping set the direction for the work group for the next 12 months. Output is expected to include educational content and planning tools for data security.
The Events Industry Council honored its industry pioneers and trailblazers at the 2017 Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards Celebration earlier this month during IMEX America in Las Vegas. Congratulations to our new Hall of Leaders inductees and Pacesetter award winners, particularly to CMPs Janet Sperstad, CMP; and David Peckinpaugh, CMP,CIS.
Susan Robertson, CAE; Patricia Roscoe, DHL, CITE; David Peckinpaugh, CMP, CIS; and Janet Sperstad, CMP, and Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP
Susan Robertson, CAE; Guy Bigwood; Mac Campbell,CVP; Dan Berger, and Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP
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4 Things to Consider While Searching for the Perfect Event Management Software
Deciding which software system to use for event content management is no easy task. There are so many options on the market, so how do you choose which one is right for your organization? Here are four things to consider while you’re shopping for event management software to collect, manage, and share content from your various stakeholders.
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Adding a corporate social responsibility or community service project to your event is a great way to support the community and engage your event participants. It can also introduce new types of risks that need to be managed in order to ensure the health and safety of your participants and community members. Good risk management planning for your projects is important for health and safety, as well as to safeguarding your organization’s reputation. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you in your planning:
CMPs in the news
As M&C's third annual Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry shines the spotlight on individuals who have displayed extraordinary leadership and skills, Janet Sperstad and Lindsay Arell are proud to carry the CMP designation amongst this group.
Social media has changed the way delegates experience, engage with and think about events. From the time a delegate registers for an event through every session and workshop, they’re searching for ways to engage online. The good news is that there’s no shortage of opportunities to interact and engage with event attendees. Here are a few ways to create a buzzworthy event.
Check out this profile from Meetings Today on MGM National Harbor, the scene of CMP Conclave, November 13-15, 2017!
Do you know what personal data you hold and why you are holding it? Do you know how you are securing personal data? What measures are you taking to make sure your entire team knows the importance of protecting data? Do you know how long you are holding data? If someone wanted their personal data removed from your system, how quickly and thoroughly could you respond? Do you have specific information on when individuals in your marketing database provided permission to send them communications? In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you’ll need answers to these questions.
On the move
Brett Krafft,CMP has been appointed to the position of general manager of Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre hotel. Previously, Krafft has served as hotel manager for Hilton Anatole in Dallas where he had responsibility for the rooms division, events department, capital improvements, special projects and property operations for Hilton’s largest revenue producing hotel in the central region.
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