Death of Meeting Needs co-founder and President Harry Baum, MBE
Harry Baum, the co-founder and President of Meetings Industry Meeting Needs, has died at the age of 86.
Baum, a well-known figure in the events industry, arrived in England with his older sister Franzi on 12 December 1938 on a Kindertransport from Vienna.
As the co-founder of Specialised Travel Service LTD in 1954, which later became Spectra Travel, and as a pioneer of incentive travel, was credited with coining the phrase ‘Destination Management Company’.
Baum also held numerous industry association positions, including chairman of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) European Council and director of the London Tourist Board. Other roles included membership of the London Convention Bureau Policy Committee, and chairman of The Convention Partnership. He was awarded an MBE in 1994.