A new name and energized mission defies the one-year anniversary of the planner commission cuts that rocked the meetings industry.
One year after Meeting Planners Unite (MPU) was founded in response to Marriott International’s commission cuts for third-party planners—from 10 to seven percent—and the domino effect it spurred as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group and Hyatt Corporation followed suit, MPU has been rebranded as the Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals (AIMP).
“AIMP was formed to celebrate those hotel partners (both chain and independent), and their ownership teams that have continued commissions at 10 percent (or more),” explained David Bruce in a recent press release.
Like MPU, the Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals will continue to provide independent meeting planners with hosted FAM opportunities, affordable healthcare options, supplies, and registration and site selection services while also building deeper relationships with CVBs and suppliers. In the works is an AIMP emergency fund, wireless service discounts, and legal and CPA services.
For more on what’s next for the Alliance of Meeting Planning Professionals, check out this article.