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PCMA and HILTON HHONORS™ PARTNER TO SUPPORT MEETING PROFESSIONALS

October 31, 2012

PCMA and HILTON HHONORS™ PARTNER TO SUPPORT MEETING PROFESSIONALS
Hilton HHonors members can now redeem HHonors points for PCMA membership

Chicago, IL, October 2012 – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, has announced a new value-add option for meetings industry professionals to engage in PCMA membership. Hilton HHonors members will now have the option to redeem their HHonors Points for PCMA Professional or Supplier Memberships.

The process is simple and seamless; HHonorsmembers can visit the Global Shopping Mall at hhonors.com/shopping to take advantage of this opportunity.

Commenting on the agreement Ben Goedegebuure, International Board Director of PCMA and Director of Sales for the SECC, commented: “This agreement underlines the partnership nature of PCMA and how, as an association, we can bring wide reaching member benefits for senior meetings and events professionals.”

According to Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO, “This partnership is designed to help foster professional development and peer-to-peer business networking amongst those in the meetings, conventions and business events industry. Through the Hilton HHonors program PCMA members will be able to renew their membership by using their HHonors points, while those who are not members, but interested in their professional development, can easily join PCMA by using their HHonorspoints.”

“Recognizing the challenges facing meeting professionals in the last few years, Hilton Worldwide is pleased to be able to support the world class educational platform and premier networking opportunities associated with a PCMA membership. This is a unique opportunity and is yet another way Hilton Worldwide is committed to a healthy and vibrant meetings community.” said Larry Luteran, Senior Vice President, Group Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide.

For more information on this program, visit pcma.org/memberdiscounts
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For further information, contact:
Alistair Turner at Davies Tanner on +44 (0)1892 617 904 or +44(0)7801 710 238 or alistair.turner@daviestanner.co.uk

About PCMA
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 17chapters 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 Hilton HHonors
Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, offers its 30 million members more ways to earn and redeem points than any other guest-loyalty program, enabling them to create experiences worth sharing at more than 3,800 hotels in 91 countries. HHonors members can now redeem points for any room, anywhere, anytime, including the most luxurious suites, using any of four room rewards: Premium Room Rewards, Room Upgrade Rewards, Points & Money Rewards and StandardRoom Rewards. In addition, HHonors members can use points to purchase unique experience rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions and more. HHonors is also the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘No Blackout Dates’ and ‘Points & Miles’ for the same stay at its properties worldwide, including participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels& Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online by visiting http://www.HiltonHHonors.com or connect with Hilton HHonors at news.hiltonhhonors.com.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitalityc ompany, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels andresorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, HiltonWorldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 91 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at http://www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and http://www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

PCMA Announces First Recipient of Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award

May 25, 2012

PCMA Announces First Recipient of Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award

25 May 2012: IMEX, Frankfurt: The inaugural Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award has been presented toPing He, Director Global Sourcing and Partner Relations, Experient.

The prestigious award, presented by PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) and in conjunction with IMEX, will be presented at the European trade show annually and recognizes meeting planners that demonstrate vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry.

Commenting on Ping He’s achievement, Sherif Karamat, CAE and Chief Operating Officer, PCMA commented: “Ping is a deserved recipient of this first award and will set the standard for awards to come. She has steered the vision that has made Experient a true industry leading company with outstanding service capabilities around the globe.

“With Ping’s help, Experient’s international meetings reach has expanded through forming a support network of hotels and DMCs around world who share our high standards of service excellence. She has helped put our brand on the map through her tireless involvement inindustry tradeshows and global events and her efforts have resulted in the growth of Experient’s offshore revenue by 300+% in just two years. The company now does business in 37 countries and 102 global cities, which is an incredible achievement,” comments Rick Binford, CMP, President, Event Management Services, Experient.

The award was presented at a Gala Dinner in Frankfurt, during IMEX, and in front of an audience from the global meetings sector, along with many of Ping He’s peers from the meetings and events industry.

AIBTM 2012 | Press Release April 18th, 2012

April 18, 2012

AIBTM 2012 – EXHIBITION PREVIEW
AIBTM is the premier global exhibition for the U.S. incentive, business travel, meetings and events industry. AIBTM brings together the world’s meetings, incentive, business and corporate planners for three days of focused business. This year’s AIBTM America Meetings Week will be taking place from June 19th – June 21st and will deliver a fantastic range of unparalleled learning and thought provoking education, exciting networking opportunities and offer powerful business connections for attendees of the show.

AIBTM 2012, is expecting 20,000 pre-scheduled onsite appointments and there is a confirmed 71% increase in Group Co-ordinators over last year. The success of the inaugural event for exhibitors has led to 85% returning for 2012. Of these, 30% have increased their floor space significantly.

What’s New?
PCMA Strategic Partnership – AIBTM 2012 has signed a major strategic partnership agreement with PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) and will be the only exhibition organiser recognised at this level by PCMA. As part of this exclusive partnership, PCMA is on track to deliver over 500 Hosted Buyers this year. The partnership with PCMA will also facilitate a ‘State of the Industry Debate’ where the sessions will include keynote speakers to talk about relevant cutting edge topics, as well as an “Executive Edge Programme” which sees PCMA’s partnership with leading business schools to provide industry-relevant MBA educational opportunities.

SITE Partnership – A major new partnership with SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Executives) is on target to deliver 100 incentive buyers. AIBTM will also run SITE’s Young Leaders Programme which is designed to build the next generation of motivational leaders by providing education and networking opportunities that appeal directly to the younger generation.

New to AIBTM – Business and Corporate Travel Sector – AIBTM is dedicated to providing Business travel products, services and solutions to an audience of budget holding executives. The enhanced partnership with ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) at this year’s show will deliver a dedicated educational track focusing on how industry professionals can make the most of face time while developing technology to best enhance the corporate travel experience.

ACTE Partnership – AIBTM 2012’s Partnership with ACTE will deliver significantly greater exposure to the Corporate & Business Travel Industry. This new collaboration with ACTE will provide an educational track of sessions relevant to face-to-face meetings in the context of business travel. ACTE’s focus will be on how industry professionals can make the most of developing technology to best enhance the corporate travel experience.

ICCA Partnership – This year, ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) will present an educational track at the show for the first time. The ICCA Global Meetings track will feature two 90-minute roundtable sessions as well as a one-hour clinic where ICCA members will be able to provide personalised advice for planners.

MPI Partnership – MPI will deliver a series of education tracks which will cover the final installment of BVOM (Business Value of Meetings) which was launched in 2011 and supported by AIBTM.

CSPI Partnership – Convention Service Professionals (CSPI) and AIBTM will be working together in an enhanced partnership for the 2012 event. CSPI will help promote AIBTM through print pieces, presence on their website and e-newsletters and give recognition as a sponsor at their conference. CSPI (formerly ACME) is dedicated to fostering the spirit of collaborative success between convention centre sales professionals and their convention sales counterparts at regional destination marketing organisations.

Market Focus SPOTLIGHT on Europe – AIBTM 2012 is delivering a special Market Focus on Europe in which European exhibitors can benefit from a new networking opportunity to meet with Hosted Buyers who have a specific interest in hosting meetings and placing business in Europe. European Exhibitors will be able to meet with key U.S buyers during the hour long session. Hosted Buyers who have selected Europe as a preferred destination in their application to register will automatically have this networking hour in their pre-scheduled diary of appointments.

Increase in Hosted Buyer Group Coordinators – This year’s AIBTM has 71% more Group Coordinators signed than AIBTM 2011 and is still in pre-registration phase for the Hosted Buyer Programme.

New Exhibitors – AIBTM is delighted to welcome over 43 new exhibitors to this year’s show.
New Future Events Experience – Following a successful debut at EIBTM, the Future Events Experience run in conjunction with Newtonstrand, Sync Partners and RTE will be introduced at AIBTM 2012. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their latest technology or services to all attendees in an interactive experience on the show floor. The Future Events Experience allows attendees to play, touch, feel and experience the most cutting edge technology in an environment that demonstrates how technology will influence and play a major role in the future of the meetings and events industry.

Hosted Buyers
The AIBTM Hosted Buyer Programme is a unique component of the show, which provides top-level buyers an opportunity to meet with the exhibitors of their choice for focused one-on-one appointments. The programme hosts International Buyers from across the globe, regional meeting planners from North America and local planners from around the Baltimore and Washington areas.

Qualified buyers can benefit from the buyer-driven appointment system, opportunities to build their network of industry professionals and suppliers, dedicated educational sessions to expand necessary skills and knowledge, complimentary travel/accommodation, admittance to exclusive AIBTM networking functions including an exclusive Hosted Buyer networking evening at Baltimore’s new Four Seasons hotel (situated at the edge of Baltimore’s Harbour East waterfront) and events as well as access to two VIP Hosted Buyer Lounges.

The Hosted Buyer programme and applications are split by three categories, Corporate, Agency and Association. The different categories ensure that buyers are provided with a business and education programme, which is dedicated specifically to their business requirements.

The Hosted Buyers programme is specifically designed to allow flexibility for buyers attending ensuring each buyer has appropriate resources required to attend both the Education and Trade Show days. Buyers also have the option to stay an additional night so that they can take full advantage of the programme.

AIBTM will also reimburse parking costs for those who cannot accept accommodations as well as offer a 10% discount on AMTRAK off the lowest available rail fare to Baltimore, MD between June 16, 2012 and June 27, 2012

A list of AIBTM Hosted Buyers can be found at www.aibtm.com on the home page.

Networking
This year’s Hosted Buyer’s Ice Breaker will take place on Monday 18th June from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the new Four Seasons, Baltimore and will provide Hosted Buyers at the show with an opportunity to network with others in the programme. The new and luxurious Four Season Baltimore opened up in November 2011 and has an impressive 256 rooms and suites with harbour, marina and city-scape views , 121 foot infinity-edged outdoor pool and 10,200 square foot spa.

The Welcome Reception will take place on Tuesday 19th June at Power Plant Live near the Wharf in the Inner Harbour area. The theme will be a “fun filled street party” in one of Baltimore’s liveliest hot-spots. A variety of restaurants and bars will be open to all AIBTM attendees and exhibitors including: Luckie’s Tavern, Luckie’s Liquors, Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden, Mosaic, Mex Tequila Bar, PBR Baltimore, Angels Rock Bar and Joe Squared. Each bar/restaurant will be offering an AIBTM special signature cocktail. Plus, entertainment will be provided by the exciting Who’s Bad: Michael Jackson Tribute referred to as none other than the ‘ the ultimate MJ tribute band’.

Sustainability
The Baltimore Convention Centre is committed to this initiative through the following operations:

The Baltimore Convention Centre (BCC) recycling programme is single stream. Attendees can put any materials into the one container: paper, plastic, aluminium cans. There are marked cans throughout the building and on the show floor.
The BCC has a cardboard bailer to condense materials to be recycled
Food waste is recycled through the Somat machine.

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