by Michael J. Shapiro | October 08, 2012

Meeting Professionals International and the Global Business Travel Association announced a joint venture on Monday to co-create new education and training programs. The organizations are forming a limited liability company with an executive steering committee to operate and manage the new educational curriculum, scheduled to debut in 2013. The program will consist of senior-level education derived from the GBTA's Strategic Meetings Management Certification and MPI's Certificate in Meetings Management program. Each organization will continue to recognize the current designations as well, according to a press release. That said, GBTA ceased offering the SMMC designation when it established the GBTA Academy last year. "GBTA believes MPI is the right partner to reach the meetings-management industry and marketplace,” said GBTA executive director and COO, Michael W. McCormick, in a statement.