SITE Searches for New Leader
Jill Harrington will step down as executive vice president/CEO of SITE, effective March 31. Harrington advised the board of her decision several months back, but requested that an announcement not be made at that time. “Our industry was facing difficult times in the wake of September 11, and I did not want my decision to consume even a moment's thought during that time period,” she explained. Former SITE President Carolyn Dow made the announcement after the Society's annual International Conference in Lisbon in December.
- More Videoconferencing Ahead? MPI Poll
A recent online poll of 111 visitors to the Meeting Professionals International Web site (www.mpiweb.org) asked if the recent increase in videoconferencing and teleconferencing would continue in 2002. Thirty-one percent of respondents said it would; 14 percent said it would begin to decrease around the second quarter of 2002; 16 percent were looking for other, newer technologies; and 37 percent said that they haven't increased their use of video- or teleconferencing.
- The Show Must Go On: Special Events Rebound
A recent survey by CMI's sister publication Special Events forecasts a 7 percent growth in revenue among event suppliers in 2002, despite the recession and the effects of September 11. Respondents said that the aftermath of 9/11 led to a 23 percent dip in events slated through the end of 2001, and that holiday parties took an 11 percent hit. For the full story, see the January issue of Special Events magazine, or visit http://industryclick.com.