Did You Know?
During the holidays, it's likely you'll encounter the signature red-and-white-striped candy known as a candy cane. The earliest forms of candy canes were believed to be a white sugar stick used by parents as pacifiers to calm babies in the 1600s. The treat took its iconic shape from shepherd's crooks to amuse children during Christmas mass in the 17th century. Alternatively, it is also thought that this shape was invented to make the candy easier to hang on Christmas trees. Today, nearly two billion candy canes are made every year. Learn more about the history of candy canes and find the most popular holiday candy in your state here.
5 Things to Know in December
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The December digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available.
Registration for the 2019 FICP Winter Symposium is now open. Learn more.
Looking for ways to give back and grow professionally? Volunteer for FICP. Learn more.
From Social: 30 of the most seasoned professionals in the FICP community shared ideas and solutions at the 2018 FICP Strategic Leaders Event. Learn more.
Attend the First FICP Event of the New Year
Registration for the 2019 FICP Winter Symposium, taking place January 27-29 at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston is now open. FICP meetings professional members are invited to register now to join industry peers and hospitality partners for education focused on trends and solutions, and several memorable networking events offering unique opportunities to connect.
Hospitality partner participation is sold out. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
How can FICP help you reach your 2019 goals?
Ensure uninterrupted benefits and access to tools and education that allow you to be better at your job by renewing your FICP membership or partnership now, before the December 31 expiration date. To renew, log into My FICP and select “Join or Renew Today."
In Search of Volunteers
Give your time and industry expertise to support FICP’s mission and vision by raising your hand to volunteer in 2019. To opt-in to the volunteer pool, complete your profile on TheNetwork. Your Volunteer Profile helps FICP match you with future volunteer opportunities for which you are both qualified and interested. With one click, be added to FICP's Volunteer Pool and receive email alerts when a new opportunity becomes available.
Hospitality Partner Opportunity – 2020
We’ve started planning the 2020 FICP Annual Conference! If you're interested in hosting or sponsoring an evening event, please contact FICP’s Director of Events, Ellie Hurley.
Strategic Partner Profiles
Drew Warwick, Director of National Sales – Insurance & Trade Shows
"The Broadmoor has a long-standing relationship with FICP, and what stands out is the strength of the relationships we have built over the years with our FICP meeting planner professionals. These bonds stretch beyond our working environment and have reached a personal level. We could not have achieved such strong bonds with clients who we respect on a professional and personal level if we were not involved with FICP."
Experience The Broadmoor!
Lori James, President & Owner
"AZA became a hospitality partner of FICP 15 years ago. AZA is proud to be aligned as a hospitality partner of a prestigious association. We highly embrace the mindset of what you invest in an organization is what you will get in return. The more involvement and contributions to FICP as a hospitality partner, will continue the growth and development of the organization. When the opportunity became available to AZA Events four years ago as a Strategic Partnership, it was an easy decision to become fully invested and on-board. This opportunity has afforded AZA to stay involved in a leading organization through stellar education, building incredible strategic relationships, understanding the trends of the industry and meeting planners needs to create successful programs. AZA is extremely proud to be a Strategic Partner of FICP!"
Sonoran Elegance…An Affair to Remember.
FICP Welcomes New & Returning Members and Hospitality Partners
- Deborah Joswick, Northern Trust
- Danialle Lewis, Combined Insurance
- Nicki Bean, Hidden Pond
- Steve Bureau, HHM Hotels
- Mairead Flynn, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg
- Jessica Hendricks, AZA Events
- Elizabeth Hidalgo, Ace Hotel New Orleans
- Joyce Landry, Landry & Kling Global Cruise Events
- Olga Navarro, ITB events
- Kevin Ben Shannon, Odyssey International
- Chris Watson, Hyatt Hotels Corporation