Eventia has officially announced the completion of the merger of the 55 destination marketing organisation and national tourist board members of the British Association of Conference Destinations (BACD) into its association structure.
The BACD ceased formal trading on 31 December 2008 and will be registered as a dormant company once the audit of its accounts has been completed.
Eventia’s membership passes 300 mark for the first time.
Affiliate members of BACD (venues, educational institutions, consultants, trainers, including exhibition organisers) are being invited to join Eventia in the appropriate partner category as their membership renewals fall due.
Former BACD chief executive Tony Rogers becomes project director at Eventia and Tracy Johnson marketing services director.
Eventia CEO Izania Downie says: “These are exciting times for Eventia, despite the challenges and difficulties posed by the global economic slowdown and credit squeeze. We are delighted to welcome the DMO, NTB and Affiliate members of BACD into Eventia membership and very much look forward to their active participation and to the contributions that they will make to the future development of Eventia. We genuinely see their advent into membership as a win-win, as they put their unique knowledge of British destinations at the disposal of Eventia’s agency members and closer working relationships are nurtured for the benefit of all.”
Eventia Chair Patrick Collins says the new staff structure makes for the strongest team the association has ever seen.
“Izania Downie will still remain as the face of the association as well as being in overall control of the management team and driving forward the strategic direction of the association. Tony Rogers’ strengths and enormous experience can be maximised in supporting previous BACD members and further developing our educational programmes. Tracy Johnson will now be effectively managing the rest of the team and the day-to-day running of the office.”
Details of Eventia’s programme of education, training and networking events for 2009 are being finalised and should subsequently be accessed at www.eventia.org.uk