Meetings Industry Association welcomes new members
The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has announced a number of new members, as venues and suppliers recognise the association’s ongoing support for the sector throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Recent venues members, which have also achieved the mia’s new AIM Secure accreditation to demonstrate their commitment to offering a safe, Covid-Secure environment, include: Mercure London Heathrow (Accor); Mercure Telford Centre Hotel (Accor); Mercure Bedford Centre Hotel (Accor); Mercure Cardiff North (Accor); Sheffield Hallam University; Tobacco Dock; NMC Venue; Wallacespace Group; The Belfry Hotel and Resort; and Social Justice and Human Rights Centre.
Roy Gilmore Kerr, director at Wallacespace, said: “Wallacespace is glad to become a new member of the mia, as it continues to provide an industry leading blueprint for a Covid-compliant re-opening. In addition, the mia is providing a unified voice that has access to government and can campaign for the relief that will keep our industry alive and be able to contribute fully to the economy once it has recovered.”
Chief executive of the mia, Jane Longhurst, said: “We are delighted that the sector is recognising the benefits of being part of the mia and achieving our new AIM Secure standard to provide event planners confidence that they are committed to offering a safe environment for both delegates and staff. It has been a challenging time for all within the industry, and the mia is committed to continuing to provide all the necessary support to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 while feeding ongoing intelligence directly into government to ensure it is aware of our plight.”
The latest members follow 30 Meet Cambridge venues, who have renewed their membership following the mia’s guidance and lobbying for the sector during the pandemic, as well as a number of suppliers who have turned to the association for support.