CIC Launches Work Group to Study Room-Block Poaching

The Convention Industry Council's Accepted Practices Exchange, known as APEX, has formed a new work group that will take on the issue of room-block poaching, headed by MaryAnne Bobrow of Bobrow Associates and Michael Dominguez of MGM Resorts International. The group aims to raise industry awareness of the impact poaching has on conventions and to develop best practices, tools, resources, and education to help meeting professionals manage and protect their blocks. Other members of the task force are Adam Briggs, ConferenceDirect; Ronnie Burt, Destination DC; Lisa Dyson, TESOL International Association; Richard Harper, HelmsBriscoe; Michael Howe, OnPeak; Fun Lee, Cardiovascular Research Foundation-Center for Education; Michael Owen, EventGenuity; Anne Roth, InterContinental Hotels Group; Stuart Ruff, RIMS, the Risk Management Society; and Heidi Voorhees, Experient. The group will conduct a survey of the meeting planning community, with updates posted to the APEX website.