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ICESAP & AccorHotels launch first Agency Accreditation Scheme & distance learning program for MICE industry

May 15, 2017 MICE No Comments Email Email

The Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific (ICESAP) together with AccorHotels will jointly launch the first ICESAP Agency Accreditation Scheme and the Certification in Incentive, Conference and Event Manage- ment, a distance learning program for the MICE industry. The content has been built in partnership with key industry stakehold- ers. As the principal partner on ICESAP’s Agency Accreditation and Distance Learning programme, AccorHotels will work with ICESAP on improving training standards, supporting education and advancing best practices throughout the sector.

Nigel Gaunt, President of ICESAP said, “The business events sector in Asia Pacific generates more than USD 200 billion in eco- nomic contribution, yet before the ICESAP Agency Accreditation Scheme there was no formal mechanism to assess the quality of the agencies supporting this investment.

The fundamental barrier to long-term growth for the sector is a lack of self-governance by the intermediary agencies in the indus- try. There are no barriers to entry, codes of conduct, or probity and capability checks on agency owners, managers or staff.

The accreditation from ICESAP provides the industry with a consistent set of standards to follow and provides a strong foun- dation for raising the quality and professionalism of organisations in the industry. It also enables end users to more confidently navigate through the process of researching, appointing and managing event agencies.”

“The partnership with ICESAP to launch the first Agency Accredita- tion Scheme will help strengthen our commitment to professionalis- ing the MICE industry in Asia Pacific giving access for our staff to the best training in the market in addition to our own accredited Acade- mie Accor,” said Kerry Healey, Vice President of Sales Asia-Pacific, AccorHotels. “With demand for events so strong across the region, we want to ensure that our hotels are providing the highest standards of service to meeting organisers and this accreditation scheme will raise standards across the industry.”

The ICESAP Agency Accreditation Scheme will now allow cor- porate end-users the ability to confidently identify and contract event agencies who meet the stringent accreditation standards. The scheme will assess an agency’s policies, processes, management and staff competencies, as well as conduct a third-party probity and due diligence check on company directors. It will also provide the indus- try with a much-needed governance structure to support a sustain-

The official ICESAP accredition logo        able industry for the future in the Asia Pacific region.

ICESAP has engaged renowned firms Bradbury Consulting Pte Ltd to manage the application processing and commercial ele- ments of the scheme and Dun & Bradstreet (Singapore) Pte Ltd to conduct the Probity Checks.

AccorHotels is the world-leading travel and lifestyle travel group with more than 760 hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific. In ad- dition, more than 250 hotels are scheduled to open over the next five years. Globally the group has more than 4100 hotels and resorts in 95 countries.

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