• EIBTM 2002, to be held May 21 to 23 at the Palexpo Exhibition Center in Geneva, Switzerland, will hold a brand-new education program covering topics such how to create a request for proposal and issues surrounding the VAT (value-added tax). For further information, visit http://travel.reedexpo.com and click on the EIBTM logo or e-mail eibtm-marketing@reedexpo.co.uk.

  • The Convention Industry Council's effort to develop and implement industrywide accepted practices has something to show for itself. The CIC's Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative has produced preliminary reports on terminology and post-event reporting. The reports are available for review at www.conventionindustry.org, and comments are welcome through online forms. Final recommended accepted practices in these two areas are expected in summer 2002.

  • Following the lead of other major credit card companies, Diners Club introduced a card last year specifically for the corporate meeting market. Its Group Event System allows all charges associated with meetings and events — air, speakers, hotel, entertainment, transportation, and so on — to be consolidated from any number of individually issued cards for central bill payment. A back-office reporting tool, Global Vision, can track and analyze spending.

  • New from the National Speakers Association, the “Professional Speaker Link” CD-ROM lets users search for speakers by name, topic, key word, geographical region, or a combination of these. The CD-ROM is free to meeting planners by calling (480) 968-2552, or visiting www.nsaspeaker.org.

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