After putting Mexico on the map for North American meeting planners through his leadership at the Mexico Tourism Board, Eduard Chaillo, CMP, CMM, is setting out on his own. This year, Chaillo founded Global Meetings and Tourism Specialists just outside Washington, D.C.
“It’s always exciting to launch a new project - - to take the risk to become an entrepreneur,” Chaillo says.
While there are inherent risks in launching any new company, there’s no doubt that Chaillo is more than ready for the challenge. From his involvement with the International Congress and Convention Association Board of Directors to his service on PCMA’s Board of Trustees to his role as the international representative on the CMP Board of Directors, Chaillo has become a bridge that unites many elements of the industry together for success and the CIC will induct him into the Hall of Leaders in October.
“The face to face aspects of the industry have taught me how important it is to be a bridge and a translator between people from different countries, between suppliers with buyers and between politicians with partners,” Chaillo says.
Tackling Today’s Challenges
Chaillo has played a crucial role in pushing the meetings industry forward in North America, but he recognizes that meeting professionals continue to face big challenges in today’s business climate. He highlights that destinations, suppliers and planners must take steps to better understand the cultures of emerging destinations while also working to elevate the entire profession.
“In Latin America, the destination marketing professional is tremendously undervalued,” Chaillo says. “We have to make it clear that it is an industry that can become an economic engine to close the development and social gaps we still have in our societies.”
Chaillo is already hard at work to turn the key to that engine, too.
“The essence of GMTS will continue to connect Mexican and Latin American suppliers to the global meetings market and to help destinations, companies and venues to elevate their competitiveness in the market,” Chaillo says. “It’s a role I’ve been fulfilling for years, but I’m excited about the shift from the public sector to a private environment.”
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