Meeting and event professionals will have the opportunity to be certified as a Digital Event Strategist upon booking at participating Marriott Bonvoy Events across Asia Pacific.


Marriott International and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced a collaboration to provide the Asia Pacific region’s business events community access to PCMA’s Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification course.

Digital and hybrid event education is critical as economies begin to reopen, and reskilling is paramount to future-proof events. The DES course is a self-paced, six-course module supported by APAC Regional Experts that provide local expertise and hybrid event insights and commences with a final exam.

“Today, relationships and business models are ever-changing,” said Karen Bolinger, Managing Director APAC at PCMA. “Working with Marriott is a testament to PCMA’s commitment to its partners and industry as we continue to develop and deliver the necessary support and education both our members and clients need and want. PCMA’s most recent APAC survey indicated that over 70 per cent of meeting planners are looking for venues with broadcast facilities and in-house expertise, and 80 per cent of respondents said they would allow their in-person and virtual event attendees to interact. That means new skills are required to deliver on these business objectives.”

Karen Bolinger, Managing Director APAC at PCMA

Earning the DES certification provides industry professionals with the tools to plan, produce and measure digital and hybrid events from beginning to end; monetise digital events through fresh pricing and sponsorship strategies, and evaluate and choose the most sophisticated tech solutions.

“As we march towards full recovery for our industry, it is crucial that event professionals continue to adapt and equip themselves with the relevant skills and knowledge for success,” Ramesh Daryanani, Vice President, Global Sales, Asia Pacific commented. “Partnerships with industry associations like PCMA allows us to leverage the industry’s best and innovative practices and offer event professionals the solutions and insights required to navigate the current landscape to create engaging experiences and successfully host meetings and events.”

Launched in early 2021 to provide meeting and event planners with the flexibility to book and organise events in anticipation of the return of large-scale meetings and events, The Time is now is a promotion currently available at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties across Asia Pacific. The collaboration with PCMA will allow eligible customers to select the PCMA Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification as an additional benefit when booking an event or meeting with Marriott.

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