Philippe Fournier, President of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) recently announced that ASAE and the Centre for Association Leadership and IFES, the International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services, have now joined the Council, taking its membership to fifteen major international industry organizations.
“The addition of these two international organizations to our Council further strengthens JMIC’s ability to bring together and represent the global meetings industry at a time when there is a greater need than ever for us to be able to present a united front on key issues,” said Fournier. “It demonstrates a recognition by a wide variety of industry sectors of the importance of being able to interact and communicate on a global basis, and provides a truly representative platform for our campaign to better communicate the value of this industry and the role it plays in the global economy. We welcome them to our growing family of members and appreciate the increased breadth of perspective they will bring to the Council.”
JMIC supports industry networking, recognition awards and advocacy programming, and has recently expanded its activities into the areas of information exchange, industry messaging and the development of a more effective collective voice to advance key industry issues and values, particularly in the documentation and communication of industry values to the broader global economy. Its programs are supported by partners IMEX and Reed Travel Exhibitions, who are working actively with the coalition to help it achieve its goals.
In addition to new members ASAE and IFES, other JMIC members now include
AACVB (the Asian Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus);
AIPC (the International Association of Convention Centres);
ASAE (the American Society of Association Executives);
COCAL (the Latin American Confederation of PCO and Related Companies);
DMAI (Destination Marketing Association International);
ECM (European Cities Marketing);
EFAPCO (the European Federation of Associations of Professional Congress Organizers);
EVVC (the European Association of Event Centres);
IAPCO (the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers);
ICCA (the International Congress and Convention Association);
IFES (the International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services);
MPI (Meeting Professionals International);
PCMA (the Professional Convention Association Management Association);
SITE (the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives) and
UFI (the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry).
JMIC is also supported by the CIC (Convention Industry Council).