February 28, 2007

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has created a program to "identify, groom and support future leaders of the exhibition and events industry." Formed in partnership with ICAT Logistics, a global transport logistics and expedited freight services company, the inaugural Future Leaders Institute will be held Aug. 19-21 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and will educate participants about the industry, strengthen their leadership and communication skills, provide networking opportunities with prominent industry figures, and match each participant with an industry mentor. Enrollment will be capped at 30 people each year.

Destination Marketing Association International has opened a European office in Brussels, Belgium. It is the association's first permanent office outside of the United States. "We have two goals," said Michael D. Gehrisch, president and CEO of DMAI, in a statement. "First, to truly globalize our membership with representation outside of North America; and, more important, to provide the resources that destination marketing professionals around the world need to succeed."