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MARRIOTT’S SILVER LINING Optimism despite loss p.8 GREEN STANDARDS SPROUT CIC nears best practices p.10 MEETINGS SPOTLIGHT Amgen tweaks StarCite MEASURING MTGS.’ MERIT p.16 MeetingNews w w w. M e e t i n g N e w s . c o m October 19, 2009 Carlson Marketing’s Fay Beauchine calls for more detailed analysis to assess events’ business impact. See page 25. Congress Votes To Establish U.S. CVB, Fee On Inbound Visitors By Jay Boehmer The United States is well on its way to establishing for the first time a federal convention and visitors bureau that would promote the country as a destination for meetings, tourism, scholarship and business travel, while seeking to help foreign travelers navigate the web of U.S. entry requirements. The Travel Promotion Act of 2009, which in effect would create such a body, passed the House this month 35866, following the Senate’s 79-19 approval in September. However, the act, which is fund- Certification Inauguration, Acceleration MPI Refines CMP As NBTA Readies Mark By Seth Harris M Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.) ed in part by travelers who enter the United States from visa-waiver countries, has sparked protest from the European Union, which counts as its members 22 of the 35 countries in the program. While placing continued on page 12 eeting Professionals International and the Convention Industry Council last month announced plans to alter the Certified Meeting Professional designation from a North American to a global standard. Meanwhile, the National Business Travel Association next month is launching its Strategic Meetings Management Certification, which is aimed at providing professionals with the training to, among other skills, manage data measurement, procurement and risk mitigation, standardize processes and lead a team of meeting planners. The move to create meetings industry designations comes at a time when planners find themselves needing to justify their roles by continued on page 60 Planners Meld Meetings, Other Spend Starwood CEO Van Paasschen Sees Possibility Of Positive 2010 Surprise By Michael B. Baker Most meeting planners are strengthening their negotiating position through consolidation of their meetings expenditures, and consultants and hoteliers report that an increasing number of planners also are lumping in transient and incentive spending to add negotiating leverage. A MeetingNews survey of 220 meeting planners showed 55 percent either Starwood Hotels & Resorts World- getting to meetings that were already are consolidating meeting expenditures as a negotiating strategy or wide CEO Frits van Paasschen on booked with a greater awareness plan to do so within the next year. The practice is much more widespread continued on page 14 Sept. 30 assessed meeting demand, of the economic environments. remote conferencing efforts and its Right now, there’s some booking PLANNERS CONSOLIDATING MEETING EXPENDITURES FOR NEGOTIATIONS increasingly global going on for 2011 slant in a discussion and 2012. People with MeetingNews think they can get MN Research editors David Meyer good rates today Will within and Michael B. Baker. that won’t be 12 months MeetingNews: What there. As we get resare your group busiolution on what peoness expectations? ple’s budgets will be Frits van Paasschen: for 2010, we’ll go Frits van Paasschen It’s too early to tell, from this longer but 2010 may surbooking window to a prise us in a good way. Cancella- shorter window once we get into tions have and will continue to go 2010. People will realize we didn’t continued on page 58 Source: A MeetingNews survey of 220 meeting planners down because we’re increasingly MeetingNews VantagePoint 11% Volume 33/Number 13/$10.00 Yes 44% No 45% http://www.MeetingNews.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting News - October 19, 2009

Meeting News - October 19, 2009
Contents
Meeting Post
Meetings Spotlight
Event Profile
Construction Cites
Meeting People
Association Watch
VantagePoint
Gaming Destinations
Dateline: Florida
South Regional
Dateline: Guadalajara
Travel Dashboard

Meeting News - October 19, 2009

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