The Convention Industry Council has approved its fourth series of practices, this time from the APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) Housing & Registration Panel. Previously approved practices have also been approved in the areas of terminology, history/post-event reporting, and event specifications. From the press release:
- The Housing & Registration panel was co-chaired by Deborah Sexton, president & CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and Robert Hope, CMP, director of housing, registration & travel services for the Radiological Society of North America. The panel was charged with developing accepted practices for collecting, reporting, and retrieving complete housing and registration data for meetings, conventions, and other events. A second focus for the panel was to develop accepted practices around housing issues such as housing providers, internet issues, international housing, and disclosure.
"The new processes and systems that are coming from APEX will create huge efficiencies â€“ in time, money and frustration," commented Ms. Sexton. "This will enable event organizers, and all of their partners, to focus on the strategic development of events, and not so much on the forms we use. As events become better, the industry will be perceived as a more significant player in the world of business, rather than the party-planning people in marketing departments."