Members call for ITMA to disclose plans

Members of the Incentive Travel and Meetings Association (ITMA) are calling on the organisation to be more open about its alliance with the Corporate Events Association. In a CIT poll of 23 of the industry’s top agents, eight had no comment to make on the move, three said it was a positive move that would strengthen the body and 12 were against. One agent commented: "If the merger were such a good thing for the ITMA, why is the process being conducted with such a lack of disclosure?" Meanwhile, another said: "It may have long-term benefits but they are not obvious. It has been under-publicised and little understood by members." In response, ITMA executive director Charles Robinson said: "Both parties need to get our acts together internally before we go making any official announcements." The associations held separate board meetings at the end of January, although Robinson said a "working group has been set up consisting of ITMA and CEA members to move this forward". Final arrangements are hoped to be completed by the end of April.

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