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Mice Net : December 2008
achieved the industry standard for experience and expertise. The accreditation program includes: Accredited Meetings Manager (AMM) – in operation since 1997 and Accredited In-House Meetings Manager (AIMM) – in operation since January 2004. Recommendation Two – within the National Business Events Strategy for Australia 2020 1. That the Australian Government requests its own federal departments and agencies, recognise and give preference to MEA accredited meetings managers in relevant appointments or contracts, given the large number of meetings hosted by government. 2. Accredited Member Promotion A portfolio of tools will be developed to assist accredited meetings managers promote their business and services. This will be available to all accredited meetings managers. Further promotion of the meetings manager program beyond the business events industry will occur through advertising and advertorial by MEA; marketing to corporate databases and including testimonials in the latest MEA collateral and on-going, as it is developed. 3. Other Review Areas Include • Upgraded application guidelines • Upgraded application forms • Expanded evidence • Independent ethics committee to ensure confidentiality • Further recognition of accredited members In ConClUsIon A considerable amount of time and effort has been provided by many industry professionals to ensure that the magnificent outcomes as above have been made available. MEA as part of BECA invites you to read the National Business Events Strategy by visiting: www.meetingsevents.com.au or www.businesseventscouncil.org.au. As an industry it is important we work together as one to ensure that we work through and survive the current critical worldwide global financial crisis which magnifies the urgent need to address the needs of our industry. ThE sTrEngTh oF oUr IndUsTry FUTUrE lIEs In UnITy Linda P Gaunt, chief executive officer MEA Accreditation Programs are proudly sponsored by Execugifts. Insure your Event or your Business with Aon Risk Services The Insurance Broker Recommended by MEA & EEAA Call Philip Sunshine on (02) 9253 7000 Westpac Merchant Rate @ 1.29% Members are reminded that MEA has formed a partnership with Westpac that delivers a great merchant rate of 1.29% for members only. Further details are available by contacting Merchant Business Solutions on toll free 1800 029 749 mice.net 117