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Tim Robinson
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PCMA is Springboard for CMPs at CIC-VS Reception
Conclave and Spokane Come Into View

2013_CMPConclaveMore than 100 Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) attending mid-January's PCMA convention in Orlando took a quick time out to shift their focus to the future...and to look West!

On Monday, Jan. 14, Visit Spokane and the Convention Industry Council (CIC) hosted a Kickoff Reception for this summer's CMP Conclave. The Conclave, set to be held in Spokane, Washington June 8-10, was the headlining topic of the hour-plus event. "We couldn't be happier about all the great folks who dropped by the reception," said Keith Backsen, Visit Spokane Vice President and Director of Sales. "This is a prestigious group of meeting planners who we were able to showcase Conclave's host city to."

The CMP Conclave is the industry's only exclusive meeting of Certified Meeting Professionals. During the Conclave, attendees work on continuing development of the CMP Exam, as well as providing feedback on current test materials and making recommendations for future curriculum. They also earn continuing education credits toward renewal of their CMP certification.

"But what is really important to us," said Backsen, "is that Spokane will be hosting the very people who make decisions on where to hold their meetings. They're going to see what makes Spokane such a great city for meetings."

Backsen pointed out Spokane's venues -- an actual downtown convention center right on the beautiful Spokane River -- and the "enormously advantageous" price points that are "significantly lower than most of our competitors." Spokane's growing retail presence and booming culinary scene are also major highlights of Washington's second-largest city.

As preparations for Conclave continue, Visit Spokane is also working with the CIC on a pre-Conclave trip for qualified planners to experience Spokane. During the Kickoff Reception, one lucky CMP -- Theresa Holmes of the American Counseling Association -- won a prize package including free Conclave registration, free travel to and free accommodations in Spokane.

About Visit Spokane

Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane Region as the destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. The proof is in: Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $856.1 million in 2010, providing jobs for nearly 9,240 residents in the region and generating $56.9 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.*

*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2010.


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