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Mice Net : December 2008
issue no. 56 December 2008 An importAnt industry messAge from meA MEA Meetings Manager Industry Accreditation Program Linda P Gaunt Chief exeCutive OffiCer “A Credible Program for Industry Professionals” Review completed – professional outcomes released The MEA Meetings Industry Accreditation Program established in 1997 has recently been under significant review with some outstanding outcomes to benefit our valued members. With the on-going counsel, assistance and expertise of: Roslyn McLeod OAM AMM AFMEA; Sarah Markey-Hamm AMM; Lesley Woods AMM; Ruth Lilian OAM AMM; Rhona Walker AFMEA; Michael Siebert AFMEA; Jill Mason AMM; and Paul Lyons, I am pleased to formally advise the following outcomes as a result of the review: Adoption by the National Business Events Strategy for Australia 2020 The Hon Martin Ferguson MP convened a joint government and industry working group to produce a national Business Events Strategy. The development of the Business Events Strategy involved a wide ranging and comprehensive examination of demand and supply issues, opportunities and impediments facing Australia’s business events industry. The strategy included 52 recommendations for consideration and action by both government and the business events industry including a process to oversee implementation. The strategy is intended to be a key input to the National Long Term Tourism Strategy deliberations, and expands on pre-budget submissions lodged by The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) in 2007 and 2008. Recommendation One – within the National Business Events Strategy for Australia 2020. That the Australian Government recognises and supports Business Events Industry Accreditation programs, namely and in the FIRST instance, the Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) Industry Accreditation Program. This support will ensure that endorsed accreditation programs are recognised well beyond their own industry and offer security in regard to professionalism of those using meetings managers to deliver their business events, meetings or conferences. MEA has four members sitting on BECA including two meetings managers; this representation has enabled the following to be prominent within the strategy: Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) Meetings Manager Accreditation Program MEA’s Meetings Manager Accreditation Program has been in operation since 1997. It was originally designed for meetings professionals with at least three years industry experience and who were financial members of MEA. Members who have MEA Accreditation have a proven competency in their profession and obtained industry endorsement of their commitment and ability to achieve high standards and ethical practice. Accreditation also helps potential clients to identify operators who have National Supporters OUR NATIONAL SUPPORTERS DELIVER THE MOST PROMINENT ONGOING SUPPORT FOR MEA. 116 mice.net