The deadline for entries for this year’s coveted miaList has been extended, the Meetings Industry Association (mia) has announced.
The business meetings and events sector now has until 19 July to nominate either an inspirational individual or team who go above and beyond the call of duty and have played an instrumental role in making their organisation a success.
Anyone who is working within or is associated with the business meetings and events industry is eligible to be featured on the prestigious list, that will feature ten names and three teams. Entry is free, however, individuals must be nominated by either a colleague or an associate.
Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia, said: “We have already received a high number of inspirational entries this year, but are acutely aware that those working within the sector are currently exceptionally busy at this critical time preparing to re-open. We therefore wanted to allow additional time to ensure as many as possible are able to place their nominations.”
She added: “There has never been a more crucial time to nurture, celebrate and share the successes of the incredible talent we have working within business meetings and events, so we really urge the sector to dedicate the time to shine a spotlight on those deserving individuals and teams. It really will mean so much to those who achieve this recognition.”
Judith Sloane, Head of Meet Cambridge, Meet Cambridge, secured a place on last year’s miaList and encourages others to take time to nominate.
She said: “Being placed on the miaList 2020 meant so much to me, not only was it recognition that I’m doing a good job, but it was also heart-warming to discover that the nomination came from my amazing team and that it was supported by the incredible Cambridge folk and clients who took the time to submit wonderful testimonials. To make it onto a list containing the names of this industry’s greats is a monumental honour and after such a difficult year, it was incredibly humbling to have been recognised for the very small part that I play in this very special industry; I shall treasure the accolade and the memory for the rest of my career.”
All nominations for the awards will be assessed by an esteemed panel of judges, who will meet with each individual and team before determining the miaList 2021. For the team awards, there will be an additional judging stage where those shortlisted by the judging panel will be subject to a weighted public vote.
Full details and application forms can be found here. Completed forms and portfolios of evidence must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, 19 July.
Those securing a place on the prestigious miaList 2021 will be revealed at an industry celebration on Thursday, 4 November 2021 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London.
For more information or to enter the miaList, click here.