The goal, ultimately, is to create standards for the meeting industry in such things as contracts and meeting histories. The first step is the commissioning of a feasibility study "to determine the need for commonly accepted industry practices."

Such a study has commenced, conducted by the Management Solutions and Services Practice of Deloitte and Touche LLP. The Convention Liaison Council (CLC), a group of 26 organizations (including the Insurance Conference Planners Association) that represent the convention, meeting, trade show, and travel industry, is paying for the study and expected to hear the results at its first CLC Forum meeting earlier this month in New York.

George Stephanopoulos, former Clinton advisor, and John Naisbitt, author of Megatrends and Global Paradox, were among the scheduled speakers at the one-day Forum, organized by Arlington, Va.-based PGI. Attendance was limited to 300, by invitation, with each CLC member society submitting suggested names.