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October 28, 2009

Members agree to push back Eventia awards ceremony

Having recently combined its two annual awards ceremonies into one, meetings and events association Eventia has announced that it will launch the new single event in November 2010.

The decision follows a consultation exercise involving Eventia members, where November was the preferred option, and also responds to views expressed by a number of industry leaders.

The principle driver for the date change was the proximity of the February date to the Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine Awards. Although the two ceremonies have co-existed within 10 to 20 days of each other for the last four years, the situation was compounded this year by the inclusion of a number of supplier awards as a result of Eventia combining its UK and International awards.

It is also hoped that moving the awards date will relieve the pressure on budget holders to sponsor, attend and support two ceremonies that are so close to each other. It was also felt that, assuming the economic climate continues to improve, clients will be happier to sanction the submission of awards by the time November comes along.

The Eventia board has also decided to reduce the number of awards on offer. The focus will be on the projects delivered by entrants demonstrating how they have thought creatively and added value to client briefs to deliver against their commercial objectives. Acknowledgement will be made of the suppliers involved in the event, specifically recognising the destination, venue, desintation management company and transport providers where applicable, rewarding their contribution to the success of the winning project.

Eventia believes this change will encourage collaboration between agencies and suppliers, and will reflect the broader community of its members. Outside of the 11 project categories, there will be four supplier categories and seven special categories. In total, the number of awards has been reduced to 22, and Eventia will be publishing full details in due course.

The qualifying period for entrants has been extended to include 31 August 2008 to 30 June 2010, and the deadline for entries had been extended to 3 August 2010.

From a charity perspective, Eventia will continue to support Meeting Industry Meeting Needs at its awards event.
“At a time when the industry is still experiencing challenges, we have taken the opportunity to resolve the issue of the proximity of the two events once and for all,” said Eventia chief executive Izania Downie.

“It has never been more important that all key stakeholders in the industry remain unified in promoting the professionalism of what we do and the need for live events. 

“Eventia has seen its membership rise by over 10% this year, despite the challenges in the economy,” she continued. “Fundamentally, as an association, we are here to represent our members, and it was very important for us to respond to concerns over the timing and format of our awards event.”

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