24/03/2008PCMA Education Foundation PARTNERSHIP SUMMIT

May 1-4, 2008
Venue: ME Cancun

ABOUT PCMA :The mission of the Professional Convention Management Association is to deliver breakthrough education and promote the value of professional convention management. PCMA members represent the industry’s leading association, corporate and independent meeting professionals, as well as industry suppliers, faculty and students. PCMA opens the door to these professionals through a variety of resources, education and networking events.
PCMA represents nearly 6,000 meeting industry leaders including planner professionals, suppliers, faculty and students. Aside from students and faculty, members are categorized as either a professional or supplier based on their position. PCMA membership is nearly an even split between suppliers and professionals; 46% and 54%, respectively. Both types of members are comprised of people at all levels within their organization.
• Professionals: individuals who are responsible for the development, organization, and management of meetings, conventions, exhibits, and seminars
• Suppliers: individuals whose organization is engaged in providing products and services related to the conduct and operation of meetings, conventions, exhibits, and seminars
Based on PCMA’s most recent, membership study in December of 2007, the following summary profile was developed for PCMA’s Meeting Professional Members.

PCMA MEETING PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
Over half of PCMA meeting professional members identify themselves as an association planner and a majority of these members work for international associations. Three-fifths of respondents (60%) have at least ten years of meeting management experience, while 25% have more than 20 years’ experience. They are employed by associations that vary greatly in size from under 1,000 to 50,000 or more.

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF MEETINGS
A majority of PCMA meeting professional members plan between one and five meetings each year and around one-quarter plan more than twenty. More than half report that the economic value of their largest meeting to the host destination was at least $1 million, while over one-fifth of report the value at $5 million or more. Close to two-thirds indicate that the total room pickup for their largest meeting was 1,000 or more, while 25% report it was 5,000 or more rooms.

MEETINGS HELD OUTSIDE THE US
Close to one-half of members report they will be holding meetings outside the United States in the future. More than one-third report that attendees participate in pre- and/or post-trips when they travel internationally. International destinations that members are most likely to consider are Canada (42%), followed by Mexico (22%), Western Europe (21%), United Kingdom (20%), and Asia (17%).