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September 14, 2009

MIA and MPI UK to collaborate on venue and supplier accreditation scheme

Two meetings industry trade associations, the Meetings Industry Association (MIA) and Meetings Professionals International (MPI), have today announced that they will be working together to advance the widespread adoption of the MIA’s accreditation scheme, AIM.
AIM (Accredited in Meetings) is the meetings industry’s only widely recognised assurance that a venue or meetings industry supplier operates within stringent quality, customer service and best practice criteria. The scheme, which is already endorsed by VisitBritain in England, was developed in cooperation with The Best Practice Forum and under the new agreement will be promoted by MPI to its UK members.
“This agreement between our two associations is a major step forward for the industry, and follows many months of cooperation and discussion between MIA and MPI representatives,” said MIA chief executive Jane Evans.

“We’ve demonstrated the opportunities and advantages AIM presents to MPI members and the industry at large, and have now achieved full support and endorsement from the MPI board.”

MPI will be encouraging its members that represent venues to ensure that their venue gains AIM through the AIM Direct scheme, which is managed and supported by the MIA and the Best Practice Forum.

MPI will promote AIM to its membership via regular communications, the MPI website and at monthly education and networking events.
“We have a great deal of admiration for AIM,” said Anthony Hyde, president of MPI UK and Ireland.

“It is a comprehensive, well-respected accreditation that is helping take the industry forward.

“AIM reinforces the importance of the meetings and events industry and, perhaps most importantly, of raising and maintaining standards within it. So this is a welcome agreement, and MPI is delighted to endorse AIM and work alongside the MIA in promoting the accreditation and the industry as a whole.”

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