by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 05, 2017
Meeting Professionals International and the International Association of Conference Centres have formed a five-year partnership to share event and learning platforms, including education delivered at annual conferences, regional events and online, as well as research initiatives. 

The two organizations already have been working together, as IACC delivered education at the MPI Southern California Chapter Conference and MPI Philadelphia Area Chapter Education Institute, and the two associations are exploring opportunities for additional MPI chapter events. This week, MPI presented two workshops at the IACC-Americas Connect conference, held at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles. 

"The leadership teams at MPI and IACC have been collaborating on a number of successful initiatives over the last two years and now seems the perfect time to bring all this great work together under one strategy to allow us to seize more opportunities and provide more for our respective members," said Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC. "Just as MPI is passionate about designing great meeting experiences, IACC is passionate about venues delivering an exceptional meetings experience. It's the perfect marriage."

This year, MPI conferences will be streamed live to IACC-certified venues, allowing MPI members to come together to learn while having valuable networking time. MPI's 2017 World Education Congress, which takes place June 19-22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be the first conference featured. 

"One of our top priorities at MPI is to continuously enrich our portfolio of professional development offerings, and this collaboration with IACC will certainly help us deliver more value to our membership community," said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. "We are especially excited about the opportunity to live-stream WEC to members who are unable to make it to the conference this year, and in an environment that encompasses peer-to-peer engagement and networking." 

MPI also will take part in the next phase of the IACC Meeting Room of the Future research project, which aims to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference- and meeting-space design, technology, hospitality, delegate collaboration, experience and conference management. The first phase surveyed meeting planners, including MPI planner members, and was published in 2016, and the second phase will focus on the venue-buyer community, looking to draw parallels with the initial research. The results will be unveiled at MPI's WEC 2017 this June, with IACC conducting a research showcase at the conference. A full copy of the initial report and infographic can be downloaded from the IACC website here.