This summer, two APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) volunteer groups have been hard at work, meeting face-to-face to work on various aspects of the APEX initiative. APEX is an industry-wide project to develop and implement industry-wide accepted practices for the meetings industry.

The Housing & Registration Panel, hosted by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, met on June 27 in Chicago. This panel is charged with developing recommended industry accepted practices for collecting, reporting, and retrieving complete housing and registration data for meetings, conventions, and other events. A secondary purpose is to recommend industry accepted practices around housing issues such as housing providers, Internet issues, international housing, and disclosure. A preliminary report from this panel will be released in spring 2003.

Also hard at work, The APEX Commission, which has responsibility for general oversight of the APEX initiative and reports to the CIC Board of Directors. They met in Rosemont, Ill., on July 1 to 2, hosted by the Rosemont Convention & Visitors Bureau and Embassy Suites Hotel-O'Hare-Rosemont. The meeting focused on improving the APEX public relations strategy in order to broaden its reach throughout the meeting, convention, and exhibition industry. The goals of the initiative's public relations activities are: to educate the industry in the process of developing accepted practices; to maintain industry enthusiasm for and interest in APEX over the course of its five-year development and beyond; and to encourage volunteer and financial participation in APEX.

APEX is an initiative of the Convention Industry Council