During the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) annual CMP Conclave in Tampa, Fl. last weekend, Karen M. Gonzales, CMP, Chair of the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Board of Directors unveiled a new, landmark initiative to establish a detailed professional profile of practicing Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP).
“For the first time we’ll have comprehensive and accurate data on the CMP community,” said Gonzales. “We may know there are 10,000 practicing CMPs in 46 countries around the world, but the 2012 CMP Census will look further into specific and critical areas. We’ll understand, more definitively, the purchasing power, interests and career challenges of CMP’s and how we can use that data to move the industry forward.”
Much more than a survey to collect demographic data, the Census will uncover honest perceptions and profiles of meeting professionals. The findings affect many facets of the industry and will drive future education offerings, professional resources and industry standards as well as inform potential employers and business partners on the benefits of doing business with or hiring a CMP.
“This study will allow us to understand and articulate the diversity, significance and influence of the CMP, both inside and outside our professional spheres and our industry,” said Gonzales.
Data gathering for the 2012 CMP Census begins this month and results will be released later in the fall this year.
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