What Meeting Planners Need to Know about GDPR
Think the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union won’t affect your events? Think again. When it takes effect on May 25 everything about how meeting planners collect European attendees’ personal data will change. The new regulation strengthens individual rights, increases business accountability for data privacy and – most importantly — applies to all companies worldwide. And don’t just shrug it off, because fines for non-compliance are upwards of $20 million. Are you listening yet?
In this webinar, travel industry expert Kevin Iwamoto will explain how GDPR will drastically change the events industry and what meeting planners need to know to be prepared. He’ll break down:
- Why GDPR is happening – and what it is
- How meeting planners can ensure compliance
- And ultimately, what it means for the future of events
Kevin Iwamoto, Senior Consultant at GoldSpring Consulting, an independent travel management consultancy, brings more than 30 years of experience in corporate travel and meetings/events management. Iwamoto is a former President & CEO of the Board of Directors for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). He has served on numerous corporate and association boards, most recently as a Board member for the US Council for the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation.
Iwamoto has won almost every major industry award in both business travel and the meetings and events industries. Recent accolades include the 2016 MPI Rise Award for Meetings Industry Leadership and the Changemakers Award for MeetingsNet in June 2016, where he was also featured on the magazine’s cover. He also maintains a popular award-winning industry blog (Gold Magellan Award for Best Industry Blog from Travel Weekly), published though Meetings & Conventions on-line.
He has two published books to his credit, Strategic Meetings Management: From Theory to Practice published in April 2011 and most recently, Your Personal Brand, Your Power Tool to Build Career Integrity, published in October of 2016.
Prior to joining GoldSpring Consulting, Iwamoto was Vice President of Industry Strategy for Lanyon, senior global category manager in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Global Travel & Meetings Team. He has also served as a senior travel account manager with the Walt Disney Company, as well as a corporate sales manager with Northwest Airlines.
Iwamoto holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii, a Global Travel Professional (GTP) designation from GBTA and a Global Leadership Professional (GLP) Masters designation from the Wharton School of Business.