The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (SACEOS) and the Association of Convention Centres of the Caribbean and Latin America (ACCCLATAM) are the latest industry organizations to join with global colleagues as members of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC). The two associations, along with the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), make for a total of three additions to the council roster in the last three months and illustrate a new momentum since the approval late last year of a new charter and strategic plan for the industry body.
“Along with a strong new sense of direction as approved at our most recent Council meeting in Barcelona in November has come an enhanced sense of engagement as reflected in the addition of these valued new members and several more recent member applications which we are currently processing,” says JMIC President Kai Hattendorf, who is also CEO of UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry. “These new members, particularly in terms of the strong geographic diversity they represent, illustrate the importance we are placing on having comprehensive industry engagement in the process of more effectively representing and speaking for the global industry.”
The final meeting of the JMIC for 2018 delivered a consensus on a number of key structural changes intended to guide the ongoing development of the council, including a new and unanimously agreed charter that set out the nature of council responsibilities, a revised constitution in the form of a letter of agreement among members and a streamlined strategic plan, all of which were developed as a direct outcome of the Meetings Industry Global Summit that took place in Hannover earlier in 2018.
Hattendorf says, “We will continue to build momentum as we enter into an important new phase for JMIC as the global meetings industry representative. To do the job properly and to generate the kind of credibility needed to support this it is important not only that we have our messaging and facts straight but that we are also seen to represent the full spectrum of industry interests. Given the huge diversity in our industry this is a big job—but these latest additions to our membership are moving us a lot closer to where we need to be”.
SACEOS was set up in 1979 to be the voice and champion of the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry, to help those in the business to develop and prosper, and to work closely with the government to meet the objective of making Singapore the best venue in Asia. Training has been and continues to be a cornerstone of SACEOS and it is a strategic pillar for the association to help members as Singapore and Asia grapple with greater competition from other regions, fight for talent, as well as manage and retain talent. For more info, visit www.saceos.org.sg/
The Association of Convention Centres of the Caribbean and Latin America promotes an association that broadens the perspectives of the tourism of meetings in our region, supported by the experience of its members, generating new alternatives for the improvement of the care of the environment and the social environment where the activities of its members are developed. For more info, visit http://accclatam.org/
The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) is an organization that represents the combined interests of international meetings industry associations. It has provided a forum for information exchange and recognition among industry groups for more than 50 years and has recently become more engaged in the process of documenting and communicating the diverse values of the industry to broader community and governmental audiences. For more info, visit www.themeetingsindustry.org/
SISO’s mission is to meet the common needs of their members, by providing peer networking opportunities, education, industry information, streamlined business processes and best practices in the industry. Members include companies, corporations and other for-profit entities that own, produce or provide full-service management of “face-to-face” tradeshows, consumer shows, expositions, conferences and /or similar events as a substantial part of their business. Membership is a combination of large corporations and small entrepreneurial enterprises that do business primarily in North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. SISO’s more than 195 members produce more than 3,500 events, creating an overall $122B impact on the global economy. For more info, visit http://www.siso.org/welcome