Unprecedented times call for strategic measures. With so many planners wondering how best to plan for the event-specific challenges posed by COVID- 19, industry leaders and top associations have stepped up to offer a road map with trainings on everything from cleaning protocols to new contract clauses.
Professional Convention Management Association
Barry Smith, president and CEO, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation yesterday at the 2017 Visionary Awards in Washington, D.C.
Smith is one of the first Canadians to ever receive this award, which is given to inspirational leaders for their contributions to the business events industry.
Earlier this month, The Professional Convention Management Association hosted their 2017 Convening Leaders Conference in Austin, Jan. 9–11.
“We are thrilled to host convening leaders for the first time in Austin,” says Tom Noonan, president and CEO , Austin CVB. “Austin has become a premier destination for meeting, conventions and leisure business and we are confident that we will see return business from the PCMA attendees.”
The conference attracted about 4,500 attendees and is estimated to bring in around $11 million in economic return.
The Austin Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau and the Professional Convention Management Association hosted an event to support Sammy’s House, a nonprofit organization that helps children with medical or developmental issues.
The event—Hospitality Helping Hands—sold 150 volunteer spots. During it, volunteers worked on projects like playground repair, yard maintenance, toy sorting, cleaning classrooms and more to improve the facilities of the daycare.
The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau worked with help from the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation to raise $25,000 for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
The funds were raised during Party with a Purpose, a charitable event held during the 2017 Convening Leaders Conference. It will help to provide access to health care for Austin’s low income and uninsured musicians.
This year, Austin CVB partnered with Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater and hosted the largest PWAP event in history.
Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.
“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”