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Commission the big issue at Global Event Summit

The commission model was the big talking point at Conference News’s first Global Events Summit, which took place in Chamonix, 18-21 April.

Senior level representatives from leading agencies First, BCD Meetings & Events, WRG Creative, The Turner Agency, Inntel, Meet and Potato, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel discussed in detail their views and shared experiences.

The venue, Les Rives D’Argentiere, Chamonix, a collection of four luxury chalets, provided the ideal platform for not only roundtable debate, but for networking and relaxing.

Martin Fullard, deputy editor, Conference News was chairing the summit. He said: “For a high-profile delegation such as this it was imperative that we get the content right. We began the first session with a look ahead over the next five years, and followed that by addressing employment issues, including retaining young talent and the freelance model. The afternoon of Day 1 saw us talking about clients and how agencies can really provide the value that can be so often taken for granted.

“The second day saw us address the commission issue, following the decision by the Marriott and Hilton hotel chains in the US to cut agency commission from 10% to 7%. I can’t say what was said yet, as you will have to wait for the forthcoming feature in June’s CN.”

Event director Simon Farnfield added: “The inaugural Global Event Summit was a huge success. An exclusive group of senior event agency professionals who gave up time in their busy schedules to share experiences and learn from each other through engaging discussions under the shadow of Europe’s tallest mountain, Mont Blanc. A well-balanced event providing our delegates the opportunity to learn, network and have some great fun.

Nothing would have happened without the support of Cvent and their sponsorship, as well as the top luxury venue Les Rives d’Argentière and their excellent staff. Martin Bromley and his team created a seamless experience from being picked up to the airport, to taking us as VIPs to Musiclac Mont-Blanc music festival to watch top music acts as well as guiding us around their beautiful mountain resort.”

The delegation were able to ski as well as dine in some of the areas top restaurants, as well as making use of the chalet’s facilities, which includes cinema room, hot tub and massage room.

A full feature about what was discussed will appear in June’s issue of CN. Subscribe here.