Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Awards dispute

Recently a new awards program was launched for the meetings and events sector within Australia. In response to this the existing associations representing the sector (Meetings and Events Australia and the International Special Events Society) issued a joint communiqué denouncing the newcomer. Read the full article here. This is a very interesting turn of events. How do you think this reflects on each person involved?

1 comment:

  1. We've got some controversy here in my home country, which is connected to this issue.

    The editor of the (only) trade magazine for a specific sector in my industry is writing a substantial feature arguing that there are too many trade associations in the industry.

    (Perhaps it is just a coincidence that this person runs two trade associations themself. I happen to think there are too few trade magazines in this area - namely, one - and they could use some competition.)

    Anyhow, I'm a great believer in free markets. Market forces will decide if there are too many associations - or award ceremonies for that matter. Members will only join one or two associations, or will join all equally. Companies will enter or not enter for awards, as they see fit.

    It's not for any one person to sit in judgement on them - or to mask fear of healthy competition with indignant outcries of "unfair".


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