The Unites States-based CIC has just over 30 member organisations, representing some 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.
The CIC offers tools and programmes to support the conference industry and meet its challenges. It facilitates the exchange of information and ideas and educates the public on its impact.
Specific programmes include the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) industry certification programme and the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative, which develops accepted practices for the industry. SAACI members will now also have access to comprehensive industry reference materials and research reports.
"In our continuing efforts to professionalise South Africa’s conference industry – and all its subsectors – our CIC membership will play an important role," said Adene Pringle, SAACI general manager. "We will now see an increase in the number of CMPs in South Africa. This certification is widely regarded as the most authoritative indicator of professionalism in our industry," she said.
Nina Freysen-Pretorius, SAACI national chairperson, said the association was delighted with SAACI’s acceptance as a CIC member. "It is an indication of the high regard in which our association is held. We look forward to offering our members greater benefits and making a real difference in their businesses," she added.