CINZ and PCMA sign strategic alliance agreement

National CVB, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) have announced a strategic agreement designed to support and professionally develop the business events community. Karen Bolinger, PCMA managing director for APAC, said: “Through our new alliance we recognise the unique qualities and services each of us offer to our respective ...

PCMA extends its Covid-19 survey into APAC region

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced that it will extend its Covid-19 Recovery Dashboard research initiative from 30 June, with the initiative expanding into the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Since March, PCMA have been conducting industry-wide surveys among the global business events community every two weeks in order to document and analyse the growing impacts of...

A message from PCMA Board Chair

The Board Chair of the US-based Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Stuart Ruff-Lyon, issued the following message to the Business Events community, 15 June.   The events surrounding Mr Floyd’s death are a chilling reminder of how much work we all still have to do around discrimination, human dignity and respect.  The demonstrations at home and in communities around the wor...

Destinations International ‘Here to help’ with new unity campaign

Global marketing organisation Destinations International, has launched a recovery campaign which it says is designed “to unify the meetings, events and travel industry”. Titled ‘We’re Here to Help’, the new campaign aims to demonstrate that when the unexpected happens and it is not ‘business as usual’, that convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) play a critical role in the recovery process. The ca...

US travel industry issues guidance in the new normal

Following a collaboration between medical experts and a broad array of businesses and organisations, the US travel industry, which also embraces meeting venues and event organisers, submitted, 4 May, to the White House and governors a document containing detailed guidance for travel-related businesses to help keep their customers and employees safe as the country emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic...

Karen Bolinger appointed MD Asia Pacific for PCMA

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced it has retained Karen Bolinger as Managing Director, Asia Pacific. PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat said that the move to appoint the former Melbourne CVB chief was part of the association’s strategy of building on the anticipated recovery of the business events industry in the region, “As stakeholders in the global busi...

Contribute to the solution, not the spread of coronavirus, says PCMA chief

Industry association PCMA’s President and CEO Sherrif Karamat issued the following statement, 4 March:

PCMA restructures its senior leadership team

PCMA has restructured its senior leadership team, in an attempt to accelerate growth and support the response to the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Coronavirus: too much at stake for ‘wait-and-see’, says PCMA chief

With over 70,000 people now confirmed to be infected by coronavirus (mostly in China) and 1,770 deaths recorded on the mainland, Beijing has tightened further its restrictions on movement in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. Japan has announced the cancellation of a public gathering to celebrate the birthday of new Emperor Naruhito due to concerns over the spread of the virus. Organis...

PCMA to raise $250K for Australia and Puerto Rico disaster victims

PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat has announced a pan-industry initiative to raise USD$250,000 for those affected by the recent bushfires in Australia and the earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

Oscar Cerezales wins Chairman’s Award at Convening Leaders

Gregory A. O’Dell, chair of PCMA’s Board of Directors, announced Oscar Cerezales of MCI as the recipient of the 2019 Chairman’s Award.

PCMA signs MoU with BESarawak at Convening Leaders in San Francisco

Global platform for business events professionals, PCMA, and Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak), by Sarawak Convention Bureau, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

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