CIC Adds Two Member Organizations

The Convention Industry Council this week announced the addition of two new member organizations: the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) and the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO). CIC now represents 33 member organizations within the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.

"We are pleased to expand our membership, especially into the sectors of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry represented by GMIC and IAPCO," said Brenda Anderson, chair of the CIC Board and CEO of Society of Incentive & Travel Executives. "International expansion and green events are extremely timely issues for CIC and the industry as a whole. We welcome these organizations and look forward to their participation and
dialogue."

GMIC, which first convened in 2003, aims to develop green meeting standards in the CIC APEX project to develop industry best practices, said Amy Spatrisano, president of GMIC and chair of the APEX Green Events panel. Founded in 1968, IAPCO is a worldwide association representing professional congress organizers and meeting planners. Currently, IAPCO represents 100 members in 37 countries and plays a leading role in the promotion and professionalization of congress organization throughout the world.

"IAPCO is delighted to join the Convention Industry Council, and we believe that we can contribute greatly to the role it plays both in the international and U.S. arena," said Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno, president of IAPCO.