Event commissions to be transparent

When it comes to remuneration by commissions – the event planning industry is coming full circle.

Commencing in the late 60s – the USA started paying commissions to all who would book their facilities. Enter 2018 – the USA’s major hotel groups are reducing commissions across the board. South Africa is already toying with various methods of reducing the commission structures while some major hotel groups have commenced tidying-up the way they do business with the various types of intermediaries.

‘It’s a ‘messy’ set of non-compliance commission circumstances within the MICE industry’ commented Helen Brewer MD of Professional Planner Standards (PPS) – ‘with more disgruntled players and abuses than are realised’.

The GBTA together with The MICE Academy’s PPS unit have joined forces to lay-bare the commissions challenge. Commencing with a hard-hitting scene-setter of the good and the not-so-good set of commission scenarios – an elite array of high-powered panellists will debate the conclusions and suggested recommendations going forward.

The panellists have been drawn from procurement, ethics, major international hotel groups, tender experts.

‘Make no mistake events cost a great deal of money’ concluded PPS’ Helen Brewer ‘the blame game is not directed at only one of the three parties – all have to indicate a willingness to ‘clean-up-their-act’ for the sake of better event end results especially to ensure more bang- for- the- event- buck’.

The Event Commission Issue will take place on Thursday 28th June at a Breakfast Briefing to be held in Sandton’s HB Connect with GBTA Southern Africa.

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