Questex LLC and HSMAI’s MEET have announced that they have entered into a partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) to offer two certificate courses to attendees of its upcoming MEET National event. The two courses include MPI’s Meeting Essentials2 Fast Track and Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) programs.
The 26th annual HSMAI’s MEET National event, to be held September 9-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, is the meeting industry’s preeminent conference and showcases connecting meeting planners with suppliers via one-to-one meetings pre-scheduled by the attendees and sponsor/exhibitors themselves.
The conference’s robust educational program offers clock hours for participants, and through the new partnership with MPI, now includes the following sessions.
Course 1: Meeting Essentials2 Fast Track Program presented by MPI
Part 1 – Tuesday, September 8th – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Pre-conference)
Part 2 – Wednesday, September 9th – 2:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Price: MPI or HSMAI member: $299; Non-member – $399
Clock Hours: 6 total
Meeting Essentials2 is a certificate program designed for meeting and event professionals with three to five years of experience, providing the knowledge they need to understand the business purpose of their roles and also to improve their meetings or meeting portfolios. Attendees in the Fast Track version of the program will dive into the areas of:
• Objective and Metric Setting
• Budget Development
• Meeting Components and Content Design
• Sustainability and CSR
Course 2: HMCC Program presented by MPI
Wednesday, September 9th – 8:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Price: MPI or HSMAI members – $399; Non-member – $499
Clock Hours: 4 total
Endorsed by Saint Louis University, the HMCC course examines the fundamental information on healthcare compliance regulations, laws and techniques for managing healthcare meetings. An effective meeting and business event professional must understand several aspects of conformity of information in order to identify and report the nature and type of payments made to “covered recipients.” In addition, the class examines the interaction between manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical device, biologics and medical products, physicians and those who are responsible for planning medical meetings and conferences.
Marilyn McHugh, Questex Hospitality + Travel vice president, global events, said the program will bring a deeper level of education to the attendees of MEET National.
“Last year’s event drew over 1,300 registrants. We are collaborating with MPI to build upon the proven popularity and educational component of MEET National,” she said. “Together, Questex and MPI are delivering valuable education to meeting professionals to help them expand their career goals. And there will be other announcements in the near future on additional partnerships with key industry associations.”
“Since late 2012, MPI and HSMAI have successfully collaborated to offer industry-leading education during our respective conferences and events as well as dual membership,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We are thrilled to deliver two of our certificate programs at MEET National for the first time.”
MPI is also offering another session titled, “Tactical to Strategic — Moving from Manager to Director,” during MEET National. For more information on MPI’s Meeting Essentials and HMCC programs, visit www.mpiweb.org/ProfessionalDevelopment.
To register for MEET National, visit: http://www.meetconference.com/national/register
About Questex Hospitality + Travel
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.
Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest and most vibrant global meeting and event industry association. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI membership is comprised of approximately 18,500 members belonging to more than 80 chapters and clubs in 22 countries. For additional information or to join, visit www.mpiweb.org.
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI’s MEET, Adrian Awards and Revenue Optimization Conference. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at www.hsmai.org, www.facebook.com/hsmai, www.twitter.com/hsmai and www.youtube.com/hsmai1.