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CHICAGO, February 11, 2014 – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) announced a partnership to help advance the Meetings, Incentive, Exhibition and Convention (MICE) Industry by collaborating on education and certification.
The partnership will provide an opportunity for the organisations to facilitate the exchange of best practices and ideas among its members, and will support industry certifications which include the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and the Certified Association Sales Executive (CASE) programs. Through this partnership, PCMA will provide a face to face training program for the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam. The program is designed to educate on the most effective ways to prepare professionals for the CMP exam, and is envisaged to start running in the third quarter of 2014, after the selected trainers undergo an intensive training program by PCMA.
SACEOS is dedicated to advancing the MICE industry by providing professional development opportunities for this sector and are working collaboratively with PCMA to fulfill that mission.
“Singapore is one of the top meetings destinations in the world, and is of great importance to the PCMA membership. We are thrilled with this collaboration and SACEOS’ commitment to further educating their members and the industry at large,” said Deborah Sexton, President & Chief Executive Officer, PCMA.
Janet Tan-Collis, SACEOS’ President, said, “With PCMA’s programs and expertise, there will be easier access to some of the world’s best MICE management programs. This will facilitate more of Singapore’s and the region’s MICE professionals to attain the coveted qualifications that will help them progress their careers in the industry. ”
Adding her support to this partnership, Ms Neeta Lachmandas, Assistant Chief Executive of Business Development at the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau said, “The global meetings industry is a competitive one. Even though many of our Singapore meeting planners are already very experienced in organizing meetings, this is an important platform to keep abreast of global meeting trends and best practices. We are confident that this partnership will be a fruitful one, and look forward to it contributing to the delivery of many more great Singapore experiences.”
About Professional Convention Management Association
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organisation's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.
About Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS)
For over 34 years, SACEOS is Singapore’s only professional MICE association, representing the country’s leading meetings, conventions, conventions and events organisers, as well as the suppliers of facilities and services. SACEOS is dedicated to shaping the future of Singapore’s meetings, conventions, conventions and events industry, and has contributed significantly to making Singapore the best event venue in Asia.
SACEOS helps to empower and connect businesses, having established a strong international network which provides global connections for its members. It also works closely with the Singapore Government to chart the industry’s growth path and further the island state’s position as an International Exhibition City and Regional Convention Hub in Asia.
The association has also developed strong training programmes and has managed to secure close to $1 million worth of training grants for the MICE Industry in Singapore after being appointed as the programme partner for the Enterprise Training Support scheme by the Workforce Development Agency in 2013. SACEOS now aims to upgrade the skills of MICE professionals in the country, in order to ensure quality for all events held in Singapore and elevate the industry to greater heights.
About the Singapore Exhibition and Convention BureauTM
The Singapore Exhibition and Convention BureauTM (SECB), a group of the Singapore Tourism Board, has a mission to champion business travel and business events as key drivers of the tourism sector and enablers for industry growth in Singapore. It aims to establish Singapore as a dynamic business events destination where people, technology and ideas converge to create great value for customers. As the leading government agency for the business events sector in Singapore, the Bureau works with stakeholders to create, attract, and grow business events, as well as ensuring exceptional experiences in the delivery of these events. The Bureau also develops partnerships with international organisations and alliances.
The Bureau is a member of the BestCities Global Alliance. BestCities is the first global alliance to put in place a certification programme – with standards certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) – to ensure a consistent level of convention bureau service excellence from all partner cities.