MPI and Other Common Hospitality Industry Acronyms

ADA:  Americans with Disabilities Act

AIBTM:  Arab International Business Travel and Meetings

AMC:  Association Management Company.

ASAE:  American Society of Association Executives.

AV:  Audio Visual

BEO:  Banquet Event Order.  Used by facilities to communicate the exact set up for a session between facility departments and to planners.

CAE:  Certified Association Executive

CHA: Certified Hotel Administrator

CHSE:  Certified Hospitality Sales Executive

CIC: Convention Industry Council.  An umbrella association for convention industry associations, of which Meeting Professionals International is a member.

CLC:  Chapter Leadership Conference.  Held once a year for the purpose of educating MPI chapter leaders in their portfolios.  Usually, 3 members of the chapter Board are paid for by MPI head office to come down, and other members are encouraged to attend for a small fee.  Usually held at the end of April/beginning of May for three days.

CMF:  Chapter Management Forum.  A leadership education session held for chapter leaders and/or members immediately prior to the start of the PEC and WEC.  Registration is complimentary.

CMITS:  Canadian Meetings and Incentive Travel Show

CMM:  Certification in Meeting Management.   MPI’s Global CMM program is the first university-supported global professional designation for senior-level meeting professionals which focuses on management issues that are critical to advancement in the meeting industry. Throughout the residency and post-residency portions, attendees are led through exercises designed to promote strategic thinking and leadership.

CMP:  Certified Meeting Professional.  A tactical program supported by MPI but run by the Convention Industry Council.

COCP:  Council of Chapter Presidents.  All chapter Presidents are automatically members of this body, which meets twice a year at the WEC and PEC.

COTY:  Chapter of the Year Awards.  Awards given yearly to one chapter with up to 250 members and one over 250 members.  Chapters must maintain an average of 70% retention rate in order to be eligible to apply, and then demonstrate excellence in Education, Special Projects, Membership Growth and Retention, and Communications, as well as financial stability.  Chapters without the 70% average retention rate may still apply for Awards of Excellence in up to three of the four areas (Education, Communications, Membership Growth and Retention, and Special Projects).

CRM:  Chapter Relations Manager.  Short for “Manager of Global Chapter Relations and Development”.  Replaces the old “COS” or “Chapter Operations Specialist” position.

CSAE:  Canadian Society of Association Executives

CSES:  Canadian Special Events Society

CSEP:  Certified Special Events Planner

CSM:  Convention Services Manager

CTC:  Canadian Tourism Commission OR Certified Travel Counselor

DMC:  Destination Management Company

EIBTM:  European Incentive and Business Travel Marketplace.  Organized by Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), EIBTM is the annual global exhibition for the incentive, business travel and meetings industry.  EIBTM and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have joined forces to host MPI Technology Village @ EIBTM, a unique 2003 show concept featuring leading technology companies and expert presentations to educate meeting professionals about new technological ways to do business.

HSMAI:  Hospitality Sales and Management Association International

IAAM:  International Association of Assembly Managers

IACVB:  International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

IBOD:  International Board of Directors.  The MPI Board of Directors is the volunteer, policy-making body of the association elected by the members. The entire Board is composed of 24 individuals representing the broad membership of the association, the MPI Foundation, the European Chapters, Canadian Chapters and the Chapter Presidents. The Executive Committee is composed of six elected officers, the President/CEO who serves at the pleasure of the Board, and the Chairwoman of the MPI Brand Development Group who serves ex officio. Each Board member serves as a liaison to a committee or council.

ICCA:  International Congress and Convention Association

ICLC:  International Chapter Leadership Committee.  The International Chapter Leadership Committee is comprised of 16 volunteers who are past chapter leaders. The committee provides chapter leaders with strategic direction and leadership development to effectively manage their chapters and is the vehicle to carry the voice of the chapters to the International Board of Directors and staff to institute change.

IPP: Immediate Past President.

ISES:  International Special Events Society

IT&ME:  Incentive Travel and Meetings Expo

MCI:  Multicultural Initiative.  A research program begun by MPI to increase multicultural "Business to Business" opportunities and partnerships within the meeting industry.

MPI:  Meeting Professionals International.  MPI is the global authority and resource for the meeting industry.  It has almost 19,000 members in 60 countries. Its membership spans the globe from North and South America, Mexico, Europe to Asia. Seventy-one Fortune 100 companies are represented in the MPI membership. There are currently 60 chapters, and an additional four chapters in formation. MPI’s current membership ratio is 46 percent planners and 54 percent suppliers.

Established in 1972, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the leading global community committed to shaping and defining the future of the meeting and event industry. As the largest trade association for the $102.3 billion meeting industry, MPI defines the return on investment and strategic value meetings bring to individuals, organizations and the global economy. MPI helps its members enhance their professional value by providing them with best practices, superior education, the latest research and trends, professional development and networking opportunities.

NCBMP:  National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners

NSA:  National Speakers Association

PCMA:  Professional Convention Management Association.  A smaller direct competitor to MPI in the industry.

PE:  President–Elect.

PEC:  Professional Education Conference.  One of three international conferences held by MPI, the PEC typically occurs in late January/early February at a location in North America.

PEC-E:  Professional Education Conference – Europe.  One of three international conferences held by MPI, the PEC-E is typically held in late March or early April in an European location.

ROI:  Return on Investment (or Involvement).  The tangible return in money, professional development, etc. that is received as a benefit of membership.  Also the direct financial return to an organization as a result of an individual’s job (for example, the financial return to a company due to a meeting professional organizing an educational or other event).

SITE:  Society of Incentive and Travel Executives

WAEM:  Western Association of Exhibition Management

WEC:  World Education Congress.  Typically the largest of the three MPI conferences, the WEC is normally held in late July/early August in a North American location.

WLI:  Women’s Leadership Initiative.  The Women’s Leadership Initiative is a grassroots effort to provide research, education, mentoring and networking for and about women in the meeting industry. Its mission is to be an agent of change for women aspiring to leadership.