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February 9, 2018
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Americas: Meeting Planners Unite Founder to Launch Association, Meet with Marriott


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After the blockbuster news January 24 that Marriott plans to cut commissions for group intermediaries from 10 percent to 7 percent for business at properties in the U.S. and Canada, David Bruce, managing partner at CMP Meeting Services, launched LinkedIn and Facebook groups called Meeting Planners Unite. He created the groups to facilitate sharing and, “to show the hospitality industry the power of the independent planner,” but in the quick two weeks since Marriott’s announcement, Bruce’s vision has grown.

Meeting Planners Unite now has about 750 social media followers signed on and Bruce just launched a new website, meetingplannersunite.org, where he hopes to migrate the conversations and eventually incorporate as an association for independent meeting planners. The goals of the organization, he said, will be to “deal with the Marriott issue head on” and also provide information and resources on topics such as taxes and insurance that will help third parties run their businesses.

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