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by Sarah JF Braley | June 13, 2016

Meeting Professionals International, which currently is holding its World Education Congress in Atlantic City, has restructured its membership model. Planners and suppliers both can now choose from three levels, and a new e-subscription for select MPI digital resources will be offered starting in August.

"We have been working to grow and evolve our association over the past few years in order to better serve the global community, and this new membership model is a significant component of our overall transformation," said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of the association. "Our redesigned model has more flexibility and choices, which allows us to meet the needs of our membership better, and will attract a broader audience, including emerging professionals who need a more affordable option for their budgets."

Planners and suppliers will be able to choose from the following:

Essential Membership, which provides access to MPI's online tools and resources, including free education webcasts, recorded event sessions, the membership directory, the job board, the MyMPI Online Community, industry research, member discounts, e-newsletters and more.

Preferred Membership includes all of the Essential Membership benefits, plus chapter affiliation, special member rates to chapter events and assistance in applying to complete the application to receive the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.

Premier Membership is for highly active members and provides all of the benefits offered with the Essential and Preferred memberships, as well as access to direct marketing lists; VIP passes to MPI global signature events; advanced previews of MPI's Meetings Outlook quarterly research report; one-on-one career and academic counseling; and the Concierge Line, which provides immediate access to MPI Member Services.

People who join MPI from now through July 31, 2016, can become Premier members for the price of a Preferred Membership, or Preferred members for the price of an Essential Membership. The promotion can be redeemed by completing the online application at mpiweb.org/join, selecting the desired membership upgrade level and entering the promotional code NewMPI16.

MPI's new e-subscription service will include the digital edition of the association's magazine, the MPI NewsBrief e-newsletter, read-only access to the MyMPI Online Community and select live education webcasts.