The Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Convening Leaders annual meeting in Orlando on 13-16 January 2013 matched its record attendance in 2012 as well as experiencing a four per cent increase in professional planner participation.
From fuelling ingenuity for exhibit and trade show organisers in ’The Show Re-imagined’ to using unconventional room sets in the new Corporate HQ, the three-day experience challenged planners and suppliers to explore new opportunities for bringing people together.
“As the meetings industry continues to look for ways to turn meeting spaces into truly transformative environments, our staff and volunteer teams adopted a forget-the-status-quo mentality for Convening Leaders 2013 and continued to take risks,” says PCMA President and CEO, Deborah Sexton (pictured). “With the help of Freeman, Sonic Foundry, and Active Network, Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center became a new-age learning centre for planners and suppliers.”
The first-ever Convening Leaders’ mobile game was debuted at the event, with more than 750 participants racking up 101,075 points. The game brought learning to life and awarded three winners with complimentary registration to 2014 Convening Leaders in Boston. Convening Leaders 2013 featured other firsts, including the Industry Business Forum for Local Leaders, the PCMA Business School, Lunch Four Ways and PCMA Learning Lounge.
While the majority of the meetings industry was in Orlando for the face-to-face experience, PCMA embraced hybrid innovation with 700-plus unique registrations who joined Convening Leaders from remote locations. The hybrid audience represented more than 18 countries.
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