MPI backs third-party planners in response to commission cuts

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MPI has developed a new group for small business owners in response to the recent reductions in third party commissions.

In January, Marriott announced it was to cut commissions paid to third-party meeting planners from 10 per cent to 7 per cent for all its US and Canada hotels, with Hilton following suit last month.

MPI has responded to the cuts by developing a new group aimed at the third party meeting planners and small business owners set to be most affected by the changes.

Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International, said: “MPI understands the groundswell of concern following recent announcements regarding third party commission cuts. We have nearly 3,000 third party meeting planners and small business owners within our global community, and since MPI was established 45 years ago, we have consistently provided this group with relevant, unparalleled education and networking opportunities to assist with their career advancement and business growth.

“Our association remains focused on providing value to all of our members and all professionals in the industry, including this important group. Accordingly, we recently developed a new special interest group, MPI’s Independent and Small Business Owners (ISBO) Community. We also enhanced the member benefits we offer to include the new ISBO MyMPI Online discussion group and new MPI Academy Virtual Small Business Summits – all of which support them in navigating and planning for success, especially in the current business environment.”

In addition, with support from MGM Resorts International, MPI is offering a special discount for third party planners on registration for its 2018 World Education Congress (WEC18).

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