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May 8, 2018
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Americas: Independent Planner Association Sets First Meeting Dates, Launches Website


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The new association for independent meeting planners, Meeting Planners Unite, has taken the next steps: launching a website, including an online membership application, and announcing the dates for its first conference.

David Bruce, managing partner at CMP Meeting Services, created the group in February in reaction to the drop in Marriott International’s commissions from 10 percent to 7 percent. While it started as conversations on LinkedIn and Facebook, Bruce saw the need for a dedicated group. “Three months ago, I wouldn’t have believed I was going to do this. But having an association that deals with only independent planners is a change we’ve needed for quite some time,” he said. “Meeting Planners Unite is the first time in history that independents have gotten together as an organization with the same goals, a place to share their concerns and their fears.”

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