by Matt Alderton | January 28, 2016

In an effort to increase collaboration between meeting planners and venues, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) has partnered with the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and meetings software company Social Tables to launch Fuse 2016, an educational roadshow during which participants will discuss how they can work together during the planning process to make meetings better.

"The definition of the word 'fuse' is 'to join or blend to form a single entity,' which is what collaboration in the hospitality industry yields: a joint partnership by planners and properties that achieve shared business objectives," said CIC CEO Karen Kotowski.

The roadshow, sponsored by Loews Hotels, PSAV, and American Furniture Rentals (AFR), will stop in five cities: Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Orlando, Dallas, and Chicago. Each stop will feature a "Road to CMP Breakfast Club" for those interested in CIC's Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, followed by a breakout schedule and a debate-style keynote.

Breakouts will cover topics such as: delivering world-class business cases for meetings, achieving effective site inspections, creating an appealing and functional learning environment, and overcoming connectivity barriers.

"Our industry is all about creating personal connections, driving positive business results, and building strong communities," said Nan Marchand Beauvois, manager of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition Coalition. "Fuse will do just that within the meetings industry by bringing planners and property owners together face-to-face to foster personal connections that yield positive business objectives and build a stronger hospitality community."

The roadshow is open to all planners and property professionals, and those with their CMP will receive a discount for attending. To register, visit

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