The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced it will launch its inaugural Global Corporate Summit in Glasgow, 22-26 July 2012.
The summit is an invitation-only event for senior global corporate planners and will be sponsored jointly by the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) and Visit Scotland.
Corporate planner membership of PCMA has grown 67 per cent over the past year and David Peckinpaugh, President of major player Maritz Travel Company, says: “It is vital that key corporate planners attend to exchange ideas on important topics that will affect our businesses now and well into the future”.
“The world is so much smaller now given technology and communication tools – the need for corporate planners to connect on a global level is critical to our success,” says Kati Quigley, Director, Event Marketing, Microsoft Corporation. “The topics we discuss and the connections we make will enable us to progress as an industry and contribute to our corporations at a greater level.”
The agenda will be developed pre-summit through collaborative crowd sourcing among the confirmed participates. Topics already on the table are the fluctuating economy, cultural nuances, globalisation, CSR and the optimal structure of a meetings department.
According to Ben Goedegebuure, SECC Director of Sales, the summit is “a hugely significant event not just for Glasgow and Scotland, but for anyone working in the meetings and events industry. We are honored to be hosting an event of this importance; it underlines the growing stature of both the SECC and Glasgow on the global events scene and its place as the destination to hold thought provoking and ambitious summits”.
Visit Scotland’s Head of Business Tourism Neil Brownlee adds: “This is an exceptional opportunity for Scotland to be at the forefront of education and leadership in our industry, and is precisely the type of partnership upon which we thrive. With our partners at the SECC, we look forward to welcoming the Global Corporate Summit to our country next year.”
PCMA has 6,300 members worldwide and is headquartered in Chicago. It has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in 35 countries.
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