MPI has enhanced its professional development and live events portfolios with new offerings designed for the non-titled corporate meeting planner segment. This month, the MPI Academy is launching the new Meeting Fundamentals certificate program with its first class scheduled on April 25 at the association’s Dallas headquarters.
Whether you are just starting out in the industry and have much to learn, or you have been in the game for years and need to hone your skills, there are many resources readily available for those willing to learn. Some require an investment of time and/or money, while others are complimentary and take just a few moments. Advanced education keeps you sharp and increases your marketability.
Meeting Professionals International, the largest global meeting and event industry association, acquired Plan Your Meetings, a U.S.-based media company providing education and resources to corporate meeting and event planners.
MPI will hold its 2016 World Education Congress — its first-ever event in New Jersey — at Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center.
The appetite for mobile apps is here to stay. So says the latest research from DoubleDutch and Meeting Professionals International, which found that most meeting and event planners today see mobile apps as necessary to their success. The research found that 63 percent of planners already use mobile apps at events and that a majority […]
PCMA, MPI, ASAE, ISES … random letters, right? Not if you’re in the events industry. Explore them if you want to get more involved.
As the third edition of IMEX America prepares to open in Las Vegas this week, it seems the mood of America is moving in the right direction — government lockdown or not. The results from the latest IMEX America Index of Optimism survey show a very slight increase of 1 percent (to a total of […]
Meeting Professionals International today named Paul Van Deventer its president and CEO, the top leadership role for the largest global meetings and events industry association. He begins work April 29. Most recently, Van Deventer was a vice president in the health and wellness division of the drugstore chain Walgreens. He also has led the national […]
When meeting professionals from throughout the Southeast gather for the Meetings Exploration Conference 2013 (MEC) in Atlanta next month, the chatter will be all about innovation and new thinking. The April 24-26 conference, designed for meeting and event professionals of all expertise and skill levels, will center around the theme “Re:Imagine — Innovative Ideas for […]
Meeting professionals may think that avatars, augmented reality and artificial intelligence are the stuff of sci-fi fiction, says MPI in its latest white paper on technology, but those are the very things that could keep the industry from becoming obsolete. The report, titled “Technology: Why Invest and What’s Next?,” tosses around terms you may be […]
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) are collaborating on a new education and training curriculum that should be available sometime next year. The new senior-level education, being drawn from MPI’s Certificate in Meetings Management and GBTA’s Strategic Meetings Management Certification, will be available to all MPI and GBTA members. MPI […]
Kevin Hinton, executive vice president of Associated Luxury Hotels International, has officially accepted the chairmanship of Meeting Professionals International. The coronation came recently at the opening general session of MPI’s World Education Congress in St. Louis. He succeeds Sebastien Tondeur, CEO of MCI Group Holding. Hinton’s tenure began July 1 and will continue until July 1, […]
As IMEX looks toward its second American event — in October in Las Vegas — organizers are strategizing ways to improve the experience. At last year’s inaugural event, buyers and buyer-attendees praised the online scheduling system, which let them make their own appointments with exhibitors. This year IMEX America is introducing a personalized inbox that […]
Bruce MacMillan, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International, is leaving the job after six years.
The fallout of the U.S. General Services Administration’s mismanaged 2010 Western Region Conference continues to impact the meetings industry. Last week, the Global Business Travel Association postponed its National Travel Forum, a meeting for government travel planners, because GSA employees are now restricted from attending. And ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership, is part of […]
If you’re looking for quick snapshots of technology that can help you save time, save money and create more engaging conferences, check out our Meeting Technology 101 series on PlanYourMeetings.com. Do you belong to Meeting Professionals International? Author Kristi Casey Sanders is one of MPI’s Proprietary Content speakers through June 2013 on the topic. What […]
The latest business barometer from Meeting Professionals International demonstrates the impact that even a slight uptick in the economy is having on the industry. Among its findings: Employment numbers jumped sharply (up 65 percent) compared to a year ago. This is true more so in the United States and Europe than in Canada. Event attendance […]
Oct. 10 will be known as “Smart Monday” in Las Vegas, thanks to IMEX America, which is partnering with Meetings Professional International (MPI) to offer a bonus day of education for senior-level meeting planners and suppliers. On the day before IMEX America officially opens, the MPI-sponsored MeetDifferent Day of Education & Innovation will feature educational […]
According to MPI Foundation’s FutureWatch 2011, more than 80 percent of meeting planners have smartphones. And addition to the top 100 listed on MeetingApps.com, there are thousands of apps planners can use. But do they? Do you? This great blog posts the many reasons why you could or should use mobile applications during the planning […]
MPI members can download a free iPhone app; versions for Blackberry and Android devices are in development. The application gives users access to membership directories and content. The association is partnering with developer QuickMobile to design mobile apps for IMEX in Frankfurt (May 24-26, 2011) and IMEX America in Las Vegas (Oct. 10-13, 2011).
A couple of years ago I was asked, “How much is an industry designation — such as CMP, CMM, CSEP — worth?” My answer is just as complicated now as it was then. Over the years, as I have traded business cards and swapped e-mails at industry events, I’ve never ceased to be amazed by […]
By Lisa Kraus It’s all well and good to encourage people to play to their strengths, but how do you reinforce that message as a conference theme through attendee education and experiences? For GaMPI’s Summer Educational Alliance (SEA), the answer lay in the details. As soon as I got off the airport transfer shuttle, I […]
The June 2010 MPI Business Barometer contains more good news than bad for meeting planners, especially those who work in the United States. The bottom line: Current conditions are better than they were a year ago, according to 61 percent of respondents, but the industry recovery that began in February 2010 after 18 stagnant months […]
Tapping into an attendee’s personal experiences not only enhances learning, it also helps them set and achieve goals. That’s the primary philosophy of the Georgia MPI chapter‘s upcoming Summer Educational Alliance (SEA) set for Aug. 26-29 in Montego Bay, Jamaica (Twitter hashtag: #sea2010) that Plan Your Meetings is sponsoring. Concurrent sessions will stress interaction and […]
IMEX will make its U.S. debut in Las Vegas, Oct. 11-13, 2011 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. This worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events has been bringing together global buyers and trade suppliers for eight years in Frankfurt. The U.S. version will target 2,000 hosted buyers from the association, corporate and […]
Within a week of the passage of Arizona SB 1070, a controversial immigration bill, 19 groups canceled meetings scheduled for the state, costing the local hospitality industry more than $6 million in lost revenue. But meeting and tourism industry leaders are urging meeting professionals to continue with their Arizona-based events as planned. “We call for […]
If meeting industry suppliers want to be competitive during the second half of 2010, they need to pay attention to pricing; deliver value and quality rather than frills and extras; focus on drive-in markets, return on investment (ROI) and corporate social responsibility (CSR); and offer affordable Internet access and hybrid meeting technology. Those were the […]
Last month, I was delighted to participate in an educational experiment. I often lead roundtable conversations among meeting professionals for organizations such as Plan Your Meetings and PCMA, but for the MPI Cascadia Educational Conference (MPI-CEC) I was asked to do so as a virtual presenter/moderator. Normally, I would jump at the chance to travel […]
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Convention Industry Council (CIC) have partnered to enhance the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. The collaboration will impact planners on a global level, ensuring that certification remains pertinent and accessible to a wider range of planners. “Enhancing the relevance and global availability of the CMP program is a critical […]
In an effort to extend the reach of their Global Knowledge Plan, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has joined forces with higher learning institutions around the world to provide education for meeting professionals, whether they are industry veterans or neophytes. Recently, Global Training Centers for Meetings and Business Events opened at San Diego State University, France’s […]
MPI’s big annual World Education Congress has already kicked off in Salt Lake City, Utah. Monday morning, I head out to join them. I’m presenting two sessions there, “The Irreplaceable You: Prove Your Worth” and “Change Begins With You: Meeting Responsibly.” I’ll be tweeting when I can from my @PYMLive handle. And I won’t be […]
Addressing economic concerns, which are keeping many people from traveling and attending conferences this year, Meeting Professionals International is offering people the chance to attend its World Education Conference (WEC) virtually. Virtual access passes are available through the MPI Web site. Educational sessions will be available for viewing from July 11-Oct. 15. Cost is $79 […]
OK — the past few days covering the MPI MeetDifferent convention has blown my mind. Actually, there’s been so much going on with news releases and press conferences that I’ve skipped the educational sessions so I could process the information and write about it. If you haven’t been there, check out the link above and […]
“The government has declared war on the meetings industry,” Meeting Professionals International’s President and CEO Bruce MacMillan declared to an audience of nearly 2,000 at MPI’s MeetDifferent Opening General Session in Atlanta on Feb. 8. The opening general session involved presentations from economists, panel discussions on hot-button topics and short promo speeches from MPI President […]
He started out as a marine biology major and now he’s manager of leisure sales at the Georgia Aquarium. During MPI MeetDifferent 09‘s opening night reception, we had a chance to talk with Selby and see what the Aquarium’s venues are like when a party is in progress.
On Feb. 6, MPI president and CEO Bruce MacMillan addressed the Atlanta CVB, their board members and assorted media. He wanted to let them know how valuable hosting an event like this is to the future of the city and how well-positioned Atlanta is to coming out of this recession ahead. Here’s a short video […]
Yesterday, the City of Atlanta declared this is Meeting Professionals International Week, in honor of the 2009 MeetDifferent Conference kicking off at the Georgia Aquarium tonight and the $2.1 million they hope the meeting will bring the city. One of the MPI representatives at yesterday’s press conference quipped they’d bring much more. At PYM, we’re […]
The key to success in our current industry seems to hinge on one word: flexibility. We see the U.S. financial market sitting on a seesaw with the global economy, creating ups and downs that require balance and tenacity. With one tip, the meeting professional can teeter, but a strong hold on creative solutions will level […]
Traveling to Florida this week has been a challenge, with Tropical Storm Fay — possibly one of the slowest-moving storms in recent history — causing flight cancellations, flooding streets, and closing down airports and bridges. The MPI Southeast Educational Conference dealt with worries about the storm by being proactive — sending frequent, daily e-mails to […]
Studying for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam? Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is offering a CMP Online Study Guide through its Web site…
Michael J. Dimond, one of the nation’s top hotel marketing executives, died of a heart attack on June 23. He was 67. During Dimond’s 40+-years in the hospitality industry, he served in management and marketing positions with properties such as Colorado Springs’ The Broadmoor, Nashville’s Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, and Caesar’s Palace in Las […]
How do you develop a video game to help meeting planners? That was the question tackled by students and faculty from Champlain College, who flew from Vermont to Houston to work on gamelets they presented to the MPI PEC-NA attendees on Feb. 5. Here‘s their story.
Meeting planners got a crash course in corporate social responsibility, the power of un-conferences and emerging meeting technologies at last month’s Meeting Professionals International Professional Education Conference – North America (MPI PEC-NA). “Meet Different” was the theme; and the conference’s planners rose to the challenge.
Don’t take the time out of your busy schedule and spend money to attend an expo, conference or any networking event only to stay in your comfort zone. Move around, introduce yourself to new faces, and pleeeze don’t sit with friends and colleagues from your company or association. At the recent MPI World Education Congress […]
Todd Whalley, the director of sales for Louisiana’s Northshore Tourist & Convention Commission, was in Atlanta in February for a PYM event and gave us an update on New Orleans. He also told us a touching story from MPI’s Professional Education Conference (PEC) in New Orleans, Jan. 20-24, 2007, and we asked him if we could share it with our readers.