July 25, 2007

The Convention Industry Council has appointed Richard W. Hunter Jr. as director of the Accepted Practices Exchange, the best-practices initiative for the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. Hunter comes to his new position from SRA International and Loki Technologies, where he designed, developed and managed technical projects using web-based standards, similar to the program APEX is developing.

The Association of Destination Management Executives has launched the Accredited Destination Management Company program for destination management firms. Criteria for the accreditation is based on the stability of the company, commitment to the DMC industry and service levels to clients. Submissions are reviewed and approved by a commission of DMC and industry professionals. Applications for the program are available on the ADME web site (www.adme.org).

More than 1,225 travel managers have registered for the 2007 NBTA International Convention & Exposition, and total number of registrants to date is over 4,300, according to the National Business Travel Association. The number of buyers registered reached 1,000 earlier this year than ever. NBTA also has formed a regional organization in Mexico. NBTA-Mexico will be the only organization in the country focused exclusively on business travel. In other international news, NBTA will host a Europe-Middle East-Africa business travel conference in Milan, May 15-16, 2008. The announcement was made during the NBTA International Convention & Exposition being held this week in Boston.