This just in: A press release announcing an agreement between the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), ICCA, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and EIBTM to work together to raise the profile of the meetings industry throughout the world.
From the press release:
“The initial survey findings confirm what most associations already understood”, said Dr. de Villiers.” Current statistics are muddled and inadequate and there is a strong case for harmonisation. There is confusion over definitions and a wide variety of structures.
Phases One and Two
Phase one of the agreement is already under way with the results of a WTO survey to 144 WTO Member States on the current state and attitudes to the meetings industry.
The second phase is the commissioning of a research document by the key partners to present at the WTO conference in the autumn of 2005. The document will make recommendations for implementation via the TSA. It is hoped there will also be further development of the findings in conjunction with the United Nations of which the WTO is now an official agency.
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