EIC Update

ESPA is a member of the Events Industry Council (EIC).  The Events Industry Council’s 33-member organizations represent over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. The EIC vision is to be the global champion for event professionals and event industry excellence.  Here are a few quick updates on current EIC activities:

  • The Events Industry Council research committee and Oxford Economics have kicked off a study to measure the global impact of meetings and events. This is an extension of the U.S. study. The report will provide analysis for the top 50 countries as well as for seven world regions.


  • In recent months, there have been challenges to voluntary professional credentialing in U.S. state legislatures. In most cases, legislation has been introduced to reduce burdens on employment by cutting back on occupational licensing. Non-governmental professional certification programs have been affected by those initiatives, whether intentionally or not.  ASAE and The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) have formed the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) with the assistance of the Pillsbury Law Firm.  The Events Industry Council will be joining the coalition, not only to protect their largest asset, the CMP, but for the benefit of its members’ certifications as well. Visit the PCC website.


  • The EIC is moving towards an expanded, more global Events Industry Council glossary. The Glossary is used to help CMP candidates, as course material for college and university programs and as a useful resource for educating industry professionals. Their online glossary is one of the most visited pages on our website. It will be relaunched in the fall.

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