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As event professionals, budgets are everything.

They inform everything we do. Our daily professional lives depend greatly on negotiating contracts, writing RFPs and building Event Specifications Guides (ESG) that map out all the requirements for an event. Budgets are always top of mind, and getting them to stretch can sometimes feel like a real challenge.

But budgeting (and sticking to a budget) doesn’t have to be a huge pain point. Don’t be overwhelmed. Budgeting seems like an arduous task—and that’s because it is. It’s also a necessity in our business. Take each process one step at a time, and build off what you already know.

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One of the biggest myths about sustainable events is that they cost more. This is a major obstacle to incorporating sustainable practices, given that most event organisers surveyed in our 2018 State of Sustainability Survey need sustainability to either be cost-neutral or cost-saving. While some aspects of sustainable events will increase your budget, overall, you should be able to reduce cost by leveraging the efficiency that is at the heart of sustainable events. 
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Mix work and play in Galveston Island, Texas. Ultramodern meeting facilities and exhibition spaces? Yep. Exceptional off-site event venues? Of course. A charming historic district filled with attractions and activities? Definitely. And the bonus that sets Galveston apart—easy access to beautiful stretches of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.
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The Events Industry Council is seeking engaged CMPs for volunteer leadership roles with the 2020 CMP Governance Commission. The deadline for nominations is today, Friday, 28 June 2019. Selected Commission members serve three-year terms beginning 1 January 2020.

About the CMP Governance Commission

The Events Industry Council relies on seasoned CMPs to govern the CMP programme and to ensure that it is a reflection of the meetings industry. The CMP governing body, known as the CMP Governance Commission, is comprised of representatives from all sectors of the meetings industry, including planners, suppliers, third-party consultants and more. The Commission reviews and approves updates to the CMP and CMP-HC exams, ensures that the policies of the programme are consistent with certification programme best practices and that all sectors of the meetings industry are represented fairly.


This exciting opportunity to give back to your profession will be an impressive addition to your CV! In order to qualify, you must:

  • Demonstrate leadership within the meetings and events profession
  • Provide strategic direction to the CMP programme
  • Objectively represent the needs of the CMP programme over the needs of the organisation or industry sector the Commission member represents
  • Become knowledgeable about CMP programme policies and procedures, as well as certification best practices through education provided by staff and certification experts

Please consider nominating yourself or a fellow CMP to serve as a member of the CMP Governance Commission by end of day today, Friday, 28 June. To apply, complete the online application, including uploading your c.v. and two letters of recommendation. Learn more about the CMP Governance Commission and current members.


Be sure to join us 15–17 November in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor for CMP Conclave. This educational and networking opportunity is the premier event for CMPs across the globe. Registration is expected to open later this summer.

To listen to last year’s CMP Conclave education sessions, visit our website.

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How ALA Automated Logistics Management for Their Annual Conference
ALA, along with other major organizations like ADA, WVC, MLA, and AAAnthro, have been in the process of Beta Testing the Logistics Module for the past year and a half so that it is ready for use by all meeting organizers in 2019. One organization calculated over 40 hours of labor saved after using the system
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Registration is now open for IMEX America, which takes place 10–12 September in Las Vegas. The Events Industry Council will present its Hall of Leaders inductees and Pacesetter awardees, as well as host a celebration afterward.

Induction into the Hall of Leaders is considered the industry’s highest honour, recognising excellence, career achievement and inspiration in the events industry. The Pacesetter award salutes emerging leaders and those who are making a difference in today’s marketplace.

For more information and to register, visit IMEX America’s website.


Join us for our webinar "AV design: Save money, save the Earth" on Tuesday, 30 July at 11:00 a.m. EDT/UTC-04:00.

Gone are the days when meetings were a couple of projectors and a laptop. These days, even the smallest meetings and events are multimedia theatrical productions, with multiple projectors, stage lights and sound. Throw in LED walls, colorful scenic backdrops and multiple laptops, and you might have hundreds of power-hungry devices! Now add the trucks required for delivery and transportation for the crew, and audio-visual becomes your event’s single largest impact on the environment. How do you ensure you are using the best energy-saving equipment while limiting a carbon footprint? Join our three AV experts to learn all of this and more while keeping money in your pocket.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the various environmental impacts, from the obvious to the more subtle, when it comes to your design.
  • Walk away with concrete ways to reduce the environmental impacts and save money.
  • Understand what to look for in a green AV provider as you contract future events.


Will Curran, Founder & Chief Event Einstein, Endless Events

Brandt Krueger, Owner, Event Technology Consulting

Moderator – Angie Ahrens, CMP, Vice President, Operations, Leadercast
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A new survey by PCMA shows CMPs earn on average more than $8,600 than their colleagues without the designation.

The Convene Salary Survey, which was released earlier this month, explores how business event and meeting professionals are paid. The results show that, of the 550 respondents who participated in the survey, 86% reported they had their CMP. Of that percentage, the average pay was $87,510 USD versus $78,850 USD for those who did not have the designation.

The survey also shows a majority of respondents were happy with their career, and many saw raises within the last year. They also reported they were receiving better professional development opportunities, with 11% of people saying their employers have increased support for attending educational events.

To read the full report, visit PCMA’s website.


The Events Industry Council’s member organisations are producing important research that provide strategic insights into the business of meetings and events.

For the fourth year in a row, IACC, a member organisation of the Events Industry Council, has released their ground-breaking report that combines research and insight into the top issues facing the global meetings and conference industry. The 2019 IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ report brings together insight from more than 250 meeting planners and industry experts across 5 continents, as well as suppliers including global meeting space designers, architects, technology companies, furniture manufacturers and nutrition experts.

CMPs in the news

The Events Industry Council recently announced 214 individuals passed the latest Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) examination. This distinguished credential, recognised throughout the global events industry, demonstrates an individual's comprehensive knowledge of meeting management as well as a commitment to the profession. View the full list of May 2019 new CMPs.

Global perspective

The CMP community reaches all corners of the globe. We are represented on six continents, come from all walks of life and service all different types of clients. In our column, CMPs across the globe, we highlight the amazing work of event professionals. In this month’s column, we interviewed Verena Jandak-Hollenthoner, CMP, marketing manager of USA, Canada, Australia and India for the Vienna Convention Bureau.

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