Titled the ‘Associates of the SECC’, the award will commend association meetings that make significant impacts on their own professional community, as well as the wider public.
Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales at the SECC, said: "We all understand the significant contribution conferences and meetings represent to the local economy, however many events, through the quality of their production, content and experience, make impacts far beyond our shores and often into the daily lives of people around the world.
"We also want to recognise this contribution and allow them to grow their influence further. With this in mind, each associate will be rewarded a bursary from the SECC to allow either a student, a researcher or person from a developing country entry into the event."
The award programme was launched at IMEX 2014 this week, which came to a close yesterday (22 May). During the show, Tom Hulton, director of international relations, Imex Group, was awarded the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) Unity Award at the Imex Gala Dinner 2014, alongside a host of other winners from the event industry.