by Sarah JF Braley | April 05, 2018
Meeting Professionals International, which originally issued a rather neutral statement concerning the cut in commissions to third-party meeting planners from 10 to 7 percent, has issued a statement today in support of its third-party members. The organization does not pass judgment on the commission-cut decision made first by Marriott International and later by Hilton Hotels.
MPI's president and CEO, Paul Van Deventer, said in the statement: "MPI understands the groundswell of concern following recent announcements regarding third-party commission cuts. We have nearly 3,000 third-party meeting planners and small-business owners within our global community, and since MPI was established 45 years ago, we have consistently provided this group with relevant, unparalleled education and networking opportunities to assist with their career advancement and business growth.
"Our association remains focused on providing value to all of our members and all professionals in the industry, including this important group. Accordingly, we recently developed a new special interest group, MPI's Independent and Small Business Owners (ISBO) Community. We also enhanced the member benefits we offer to include the new ISBO MyMPI Online discussion group and new MPI Academy Virtual Small Business Summits -- all of which support them in navigating and planning for success, especially in the current business environment."
With support from MGM Resorts International, MPI is offering a special discount for third-party planners on registration for the 2018 World Education Congress, being held in Indianapolis  June 2-5. MPI is offering independent third-party planners a special rate on Preferred Planner Membership as well. Third-party planners members receive $200 off registration to the WEC through May 15, using the promo code 18IN3PP200, and 30 percent off new and renewed Preferred Planner membership level, also through May 15, 2018, using the promo code ISBO18.