One of the strategic goals of the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT), a leading professional association of congress and business tourism, is to raise the professional standards of congress tourism through education, training and personal development. It was on this track last year that HUPKT conceived and conducted its own certification program called CCMEP (Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional) and so in two certification cycle Croatia received a total of 58 certified professionals in congress tourism. Certification brings additional competitiveness and a certain guarantee to customers that their service provider is a professional, who approaches each project according to the rules of the profession. Only natural persons, participants from the congress-incentive-event industry, with a minimum of two years of experience in the MICE sector can apply for certification. The certificate is valid for five years, after which recertification is done based on the collected educational points, by participating in educational events organized by HUPKT.The third cycle of certification of professionals in congress tourism is startingHUPKT will organize certification for the third time this winter, the first round of 5-6. December 2017, and the second round in late January 2018. HUPKT invites all interested colleagues from the congress-incentive-event industry to express their interest in the program by email (email@example.com) in order to be able to obtain application forms and the Certification Ordinance. “We are extremely satisfied with the first two cycles because the response was very good, so 58 people were certified as professionals in congress tourism. This is extremely important for our industry, especially for clients from abroad. They recognize and appreciate certification because it has been normal for them for years. The certificate itself makes it known that these are people who have experience in the profession and work according to the rules of the profession, while giving clients the assurance that they have found a quality partner and a guarantee that their service provider is a professional. “Points out Ranko Filipović, president of the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism ProfessionalsThe CCMEP certificate has been recognized and accepted by the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb – Department of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Sector for Tourism and the European Federation of Congress Organizers – EFAPCO. HUPKT is also the Preferred Provider for the Events Industry Council (EIC) which has recognized the value of the program and awarded it certification points, and collecting points is one of the steps towards CMP certification.
“The fact that there was significant demand for this offer shows clear support for our recovery plan and confidence in the fundamentals of this business,” Chief Executive Alan Joyce said.Qantas also plans to raise up to another A$500 million through a share purchase plan.Qantas shares, which were suspended on Thursday for the fully underwritten placement, fell as much as 9.5 percent to A$3.79, the lowest level since May 25, when they resumed trading on Friday. By midmorning they were trading at A$3.83.Jefferies’ analysts said the capital raising and cost restructure would leave the carrier well-positioned for when the pandemic subsides.“The ability to reduce debt is also a positive,” Anthony Moulder and Amit Kanwatia wrote in a note.Morgan Stanley analysts said the plan would “provide an added buffer against any demand volatility through the recovery phase” in the short to medium term.Citi cautioned, however, that the longer-term outlook remained “considerably uncertain and extremely difficult to forecast” and that Qantas’ recovery would likely be volatile.Topics : Qantas Airways Ltd successfully completed a discounted A$1.36 billion (US$940 million) share placement to institutional investors on Friday, before its shares dropped to a one-month low as they resumed trading.The institutional placement was part of a sweeping three-year cost-savings plan announced by Qantas on Thursday to cope with the coronavirus crisis, which includes axing at least 20 percent of its workforce and putting more planes into storage.Australia’s biggest airline reported strong demand for the placement of 372.7 million new shares at a price of A$3.65 each, a near 13 percent discount to the stock’s close on Wednesday.