WORLD – Chief executive of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and president of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Leigh Harry, is the new president of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC). He takes over from Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre’s GM Barbara Maple.
Established in 1978, JMIC aims to represent the collective interests of major associations involved in the sectors collectively defined as belonging to the Meetings Industry.
Harry identifies a number of issues ranging from global economic concerns to transportation concerns that are challenging JMIC members, believing that meetings, conventions and exhibitions are critical elements in building international relations and helping stimulate economic growth.
“There is more reason than ever to ensure the role of our industry is well understood and our issues are addressed. We intend to be more aggressive in advancing understanding of our industry and ensuring our concerns are addressed as part of the overall strategy for economic recovery,” he says.
Harry’s appointment followed an industry summit held in Barcelona where members agreed to share information about how they are addressing key issues and to co-operate on initiatives which deliver a coordinated industry response.
“Our challenge now,” says Harry, “is to develop a strategy that will do that.”
The JMIC recently announced Tuula Lindber as the winner of its 2008 Profile and Power Award. Ms Lindberg is MD of the Finland Convention Bureau.
The award was in recognition of Lindberg’s efforts in developing tools such as economic evaluation procedures for the industry.