Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

January 12 2015

PCMA and SACEOS Extend Their Education and Training Collaboration



Contact: Carolyn Clark

Direct: 312.423.7271, E-mail: cclark@pcma.org



CHICAGO, January 12, 2015 – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) announced a renewal of their partnership to help advance the Meetings, Incentive, Exhibition and Convention (MICE) Industry in the Asia Pacific region by enhancing their collaborating on education and certification.

In 2014, the partnership provided the opportunity for SACEOS members to participate in a face-to-face Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) training in Singapore, as well as an online program to continue the preparation for the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) CMP exam.  In addition, PCMA and SACEOS provided a train-the-trainer program on the ground in Singapore, allowing for the existing SACEOS members who hold the designation to be able to continue providing support and training to those planning to take the exam in Singapore and the region.  Both programs are designed to educate on the most effective ways to prepare professionals for the CMP exam.

The 2014 the collaboration was so successful, both organizations have agreed to renew and enhance their efforts in the coming year. Together PCMA and SACEOS will work to expand their CMP training in the region and offer additional education opportunities and resources for MICE professionals.

“It’s fitting that we should be here in PCMA’s hometown of Chicago and at Convening Leaders to extend our agreement with SACEOS,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA president and ceo. “Both of our open cities are ones designed with big plans for our citizens and the professionals that work in our communities. PCMA and SACEOS together are committed to providing the destination with the blueprint, tools and resources that will enhance the quality of meetings delivery in the region.”

Janet Tan-Collis, SACEOS’ president, said, “Our partnership with PCMA had been one of the core components of the accreditation efforts of the Singapore MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions) industry. Singapore is the knowledge capital of Asia and provides thought leadership to the region. This collaborative partnership where PCMA’s content is paired with SACEOS’s regional reach will collectively further the organizational goals of both associations. As President of SACEOS, I am personally very excited about the immense potential of this partnership with PCMA and we look forward to shaping the future of our industry together with this great partner. ”

SACEOS also participated in PCMA’s 2015 Convening Leaders with over 20 industry professionals attending and providing their regional expertise for a number of educational sessions and events.


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 6,500+ 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 Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers

Since 1979, SACEOS has contributed significantly in making Singapore the best event venue for Asia. Dedicated to shaping the future of Singapore's exhibitions, conventions and meeting industry, SACEOS 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.


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