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