Located at the School of Tourism and Cultural Industry, Chengdu University, CIMERT was a joint initiative set up in December 2019 by ICCA, Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Exposition (CCPIT Chengdu), MeetingsChina magazine and Chengdu University to play a central role in undertaking comprehensive research projects globally.
CIMERT has set up a task force group consisting of 15 university students and 3 lecturers, under the helm of Professor Zhu Dan, Dean of the School of Tourism and Cultural Industry. With the supervision of ICCA’s Research Department, the Chengdu-based team has assisted in a thorough mapping of worldwide events. As of March 2020, out of 4,632 meetings scheduled for the year 2020, ICCA and CIMERT have found a total of 393 international association meetings which have been identified for postponements, cancellations and relocation due to COVID-19, which is 8.5% of the total events. The data snapshot was taken on 18 February and the record data was accomplished in March 2020.