How Prepared is the Meetings Industry for Elevated Threats of Terror?
Recently the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA) came together to address the # 1 priority of our memberships. The safety and security of our attendees, members, stakeholders, employees and the general public that attend meetings, conferences, conventions and exhibitions every day around the world. We all recognized the need to address this priority and the potential for greater collaboration. Given the current threat assessments provided by top security professionals, it became clear that our industry must establish national guidelines for convention centers and related venues around the U.S. and align ourselves with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Safety Act office. Being known as the Life Safety and Security experts in our industry IAVM was a strategic fit for leading this initiative. Together with IAEE, ESCA and several industry executives the Exhibition and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI) was created.