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Mice Net : February 2009
issue no. 57 February 2009 from the ceo an important message to members On behalf of the Board of Directors, National Council and Management of MEA, I am pleased to provide you with an early 2009 update as follows: Linda P Gaunt ChieF exeCutive OFFiCer NEw wEBsItE After considerable consultation and research the new MEA website will be launched in mid-February 2009. this informative, visually stimulating and easy to navigate education-packed site will comprise many new inclusions offering numerous “member only” benefits. Benefits include the MEA on-line bookshop, educational resources, templates, links to key research, weekly updates and much more. MEA members will also benefit from the public finding the navigation easy to use and just one click away from their supplier of choice. BusINEss EvENts COuNCIl OF AustrAlIA (BECA) MEA will continue to strongly support BECA into the future, with four representatives on the BECA Council. this includes two general representatives to ensure the needs of all of our members are met, and two “Meetings Management” representatives to ensure that the needs of our PCO’s are heard at the highest level of government. COrPOrAtE ACCrEDItAtION Initiatives reminiscent of corporate accreditation cannot be entered into without the benefit of much research and investigation due to the governance and responsibility involved. After two solid years of investigation of working models, and learning from others less than successful undertakings, MEA began in late January its work on corporate accreditation. As the peak professional body for business events in Australia we will ensure a well thought out, legally compliant and fair program that sits in sync with the fact we are a corporate membership association. Members will be invited to provide feedback on this issue as it moves forward and into completion in 2009. INDIvIDuAl ACCrEDItAtION PrOgrAMs FOr All sECtOrs OF MEA MEMBErshIP As a result of the success and review of our AMM program and AIMM program, the peak accreditation programs for meetings managers and in-house meetings managers, that are now sitting on the Federal government’s 2020 strategy for the business events industry, MEA will move forward with individual accreditation programs for all other sectors of our industry. the standard and rigour of all programs will be of the highest calibre. work on these programs began in January 2009. Marketing and recognition of our accreditation programs beyond our own industry will be a key focus in 2009, commencing with our AMM and AIMM programs. rEvIEw OF thE AFMEA rECOgNItION PrOgrAM MEA’s current recognition program AFMEA will be under review in 2009 to ensure that our members are given their due industry recognition at the same time as enabling easy differentiation between our recognition programs and accreditation programs. Member focus groups to work on this review are currently being formed. vAluABlE rEsEArCh AssIstANCE tO Our MEEtINgs MANAgEMENt sECtOr As a result of the Meetings Management special Interest group at the MEA Annual Conference in Alice springs, MEA is planning to work with our national PCO group to establish a research program to conduct research for the PCO sector. this research will be conducted by benchmarking the PCO sector through comparison with other professions, and independent research of the events industry. research will be conducted in Australia and overseas to develop best practice standards and accreditation for meetings managers and professional conference organisers, with an objective to recognise the professional value and 204 mice.net