Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM
Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM
Nominated by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
Shaping the Industry
Eduardo Chaillo is a true pioneer for Mexico. During his tenure at the Mexican Tourism Board, Eduardo established respected partnerships with organizations in the meetings industry by employing a multi-faceted approach of: providing high profile sponsorships, making educational contributions, and employing skillful negotiating. Eduardo’s global vision was reflected in the alliances he created with competing countries, like Canada. He recognized the value in extending bridges to contending destinations in order to develop and implement a regional approach to the Association Incentive and Leisure business. Eduardo was one of the first advocates to successfully conduct an economic impact study for Mexico based on the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) model. This study demonstrated to various stakeholders that the meetings industry had a significant impact on the Mexican economy, including the creation of jobs.
Single Most Important Contribution
Eduardo is passionate about promoting, encouraging, and supporting the globalization of tourism organizations. He has been the international voice at Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), served on the CMP Board of Directors, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Board of Trustees and has dedicated time and energy to isolate the individual needs of each organization and offer his expertise. Eduardo was the North American voice on the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Board of Directors and has served as an important resource for all members. A dignified man, he is respected by his colleagues for his professionalism, honesty and dedication to the task at hand.
A true visionary, Eduardo has employed his talents, connections and efforts to ensure that the various aspects of the tourism industry receive equal exposure and support in Mexico. He has endorsed, sponsored, and hosted CMP/CMM programs and other events for Meeting Professionals International (MPI). A power broker in the exhibition area, Eduardo has arranged for financial support of the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) program and ensured a large Mexican Delegation annually at the Expo! Expo! events hosted by the International Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE). Additionally, he has dedicated great efforts to include Mexican exhibition centers in the research conducted by The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). Eduardo has also been active in the Society of Incentive and Travel (SITE) and hosted the 2004 SITE International Conference in Mexico.
Distinguished Achievements of Lasting Value
After years of planning, Eduardo implemented his CMM Business Plan, which defined and created a Strategic Business Unit of the Mexican Tourism Board in Washington, DC. Eduardo has also served as a speaker, panelist, moderator, and facilitator on numerous occasions at meetings and presentations globally. His mentorship and passion have nurtured many in the industry.
Outstanding Service to Industry Organizations
Eduardo has been a leader and respected resource to many industry organizations. Through his connections and influence, Mexican leaders have been involved in the Politicians Forum during IMEX, speaking about the legacy of World Congresses hosted in Mexico. Eduardo has been instrumental in establishing, promoting, and supporting PCMA in Mexico where there is now a very active and successful chapter. The Mexico MPI Chapter remains active and a cornerstone of meeting professionals in that country. Eduardo has offered guidance to regional trade shows like Meeting Place Mexico and Mexico Showcase in order to raise their profile to reflect a more globalized view.
Contributions to Society
Eduardo has played a critical role in publicizing the results of The Economic Impact Study, which revealed the annual creation of more than 750,000 direct jobs in the meetings industry. Additionally, Eduardo has encouraged his colleagues, business travelers, and companies to get involved with people in the community by supporting charitable organizations and incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in programs and meetings.