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November 07 2011



PCMA Brings Together Senior Global Corporate Meeting Executives from North America, Europe, Asia and South America for the First Global Corporate Summit

CHICAGO, IL, November 8, 2011 - The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced today the launch of their inaugural Global Corporate Summit, to be held July 22-26, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. The summit is an invitation-only event for senior professionals responsible for global corporate planning.

"PCMA membership of corporate planners has grown by 67% this past year and it is vital that key corporate planners attend to exchange ideas and learnings on important topics that will affect our businesses now and well into the future," said David Peckinpaugh, CMP, President, Maritz Travel Company.

Summit participants will represent a cross-section of diverse vertical markets and tackle major issues global corporate meeting professionals are facing.

"The world is so much smaller now given technology and communication tools - the need for corporate planners to connect on a global level is critical to our success," according to Kati Quigley, Director, Event Marketing, Microsoft Corporation. "The topics we discuss and the connections we make will enable us to progress as an industry and contribute to our corporations at a greater level."

The agenda will be developed pre-summit through collaborative crowd sourcing among the confirmed participates. Topics already on the table are the fluctuating economy, cultural nuances, globalization, CSR and the optimal structure of meetings department.

The PCMA Global Corporate Summit will be sponsored by Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and Visit Scotland. According to Ben Goedegebuure, Director of Sales Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC), "This is a hugely significant event not just for Glasgow and Scotland, but for anyone working in the meetings and events industry. We are honored to be hosting an event of this importance; it underlines the growing stature of both the SECC and Glasgow on the global events scene and its place as the destination to hold thought provoking and ambitious summits."

Visit Scotland's Head of Business Tourism Neil Brownlee said, "This is an exceptional opportunity for Scotland to be at the forefront of education and leadership in our industry, and is precisely the type of partnership upon which we thrive. With our partners at the SECC, we look forward to welcoming the Global Corporate Summit to our country next year."

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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 6,300 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 Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre
The award winning Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) is situated in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland's cultural and commercial capital. The SECC is the UK's largest integrated venue, purpose-built to provide exhibition, conference and provides large scale concert and event space.

The venue is capable of delivering events, conferences and exhibitions in all market segments from 50 to well over 10,000 delegates, and has space with flexibility; from the iconic and scalable Clyde Auditorium (up to 3,000 seats) mainly used for conferences but also for concerts, theatre and other events to the Loch Suite meeting rooms with an auditorium of 624, all joined to 240 627 square feet of exhibition and event space spread over five halls and 31 breakout rooms. The SECC campus currently has three hotels and all services you can imagine.

About VisitScotland's Business Tourism Unit (BTU)
The role of the BTU is to promote Scotland as a destination for meetings, conferences, incentives, teambuilding events and exhibitions The VisitScotland's BTU provides an impartial source of advice and assistance to meeting planners considering Scotland as a destination and helps them find the perfect venue for their event. They also organise a wide range of workshops, sales missions, events and exhibitions to enable Scottish venues and support services to make contact with buyers, both in the UK and overseas, and increasingly in emerging markets. These activities result in millions of pounds worth of income to Scotland and ensure the small country continues to punch above its weight in the world conference market.

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