Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

September 05 2013

PCMA Helps to Expand Jordan's Meetings Sector



Contact: Daniel Metz
Direct: 312.423.7272, E-mail: dmetz@pcma.org 

CHICAGO, Illinois, September 5, 2013– The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) was recently selected by the Jordan Tourism Development II Project to provide training and guidance to over 30 meetings industry professionals to help them prepare for the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Certified Meetings Professional (CMP) exam.

Jordan’s National Tourism Strategy believes the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions sector is a major business opportunity for the country and region and thus, aims to advance its ability to facilitate, service and attract international business. Sherrif Karamat, Chief Operating Office, PCMA expressed his excitement about the selection.

"PCMA is proud to have been selected to provide this training. The quality of our education is unparalleled and this selection will help bring PCMA’s education and products to new meetings professionals and destinations around the world."

PCMA provided a two-day face-to-face training August 25 – 26, 2013 in Amman, Jordan to help participants prepare for the CMP exam. The training covered what to expect on the CMP exam, how best to answer the questions and study for the exam. PCMA will also provide online training in the form of its CMP Online Prep Course.

"With such iconic attractions as Petra and the Dead Sea, along with many Biblical sites, Jordan is very well positioned to host international meetings and conventions as the country offers world-class facilities along with a diverse range of wonderful attractions and engaging experiences. CMP certification for local operators will cement Jordan’s capacity to host meetings and conventions and thus help the sector grow this lucrative market. We are excited to partner with PCMA to support Jordanian applicants prepare for the CMP exams and gain international recognition for their specialization," said Mr. Ibrahim Osta, the USAID Jordan Tourism Development Project Chief of Party.

This opportunity allowed PCMA to showcase its training and education materials to a new audience.

"If we can help global destinations grow their infrastructure and further professionalize the meetings industry while expanding the PCMA brand and membership globally then everyone wins," said Karamat.


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 organization'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 USAID Jordan Tourism Development Project
The five-year project (2008-2013) works with government, private sector, civil society and local communities to support the development and increase competitiveness of Jordan’s tourism sector by diversifying and improving tourism services and products throughout Jordan, support cutting-edge international tourism marketing, and improved job skills and employment in the sector. The project also supports preservation of the Kingdom’s historic and natural treasures and maximizing economic opportunities from tourism for Jordanians.