by Matt Alderton | June 04, 2013
Seven high-profile executives from meetings industry associations will debate future trends and challenges during a special panel discussion at the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM), taking place June 11-13 in Chicago, organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) announced yesterday.
Moderated by Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Cruise Lines Association International (CLIA), the discussion — the “Great Association Debate” — will cover such topics as the future of face-to-face meetings, the impact of technology in meeting planning, the current evolution and innovation for trade shows, the increasing need to tie meeting outcomes and content to business goals, and the continued importance of education.

“Our theme ‘Defining the Future of Meetings Together’ prompted us to gather all the top industry association leaders to discuss the impending issues of our industry,” AIBTM Exhibition Director Michael Lyons said in a statement. “In addition to the top leaders taking a stance on these industry focal points, the audience will be asked for their input as well. Using Evenium Relationship Technology to crowd source the audience’s input, Moderator Christine Duffy will gather the views of attendees on key issues and share their responses.”

Along with Duffy, participants include Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI); David DuBois, CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE); Martin Sirk, CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA); Deborah Sexton, president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA); John Graham, CEO of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); and Allison Summers, chief staff officer and managing director of the Society for Incentive and Travel Executives (Site).

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