Global Meetings Industry Day Celebrations – April 6
Leaders from across the meetings and events industry came together to support the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). GMID was started in 2016 to showcase the real power of meetings, events, conventions and exhibitions. Industry organizations and groups organized advocacy events and rallies, helped elected officials issue proclamations and championed the value of the meetings industry on social media. Read about celebrations in Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Seattle.
Meetings Mean Business in Albuquerque
The local meetings industry and Visit Albuquerque celebrated the importance of face-to-face meetings and events with guest speakers, giveaways and treats. Mayor Richard J. Berry spoke and a group photo was taken. Attendees were encouraged to wear blue. The event helped Visit Albuquerque illustrate the positive impact meetings have on the community as a whole. Meetings mean business in Albuquerque, with Visit Albuquerque alone booking more than 370 meetings and events each year, which bring in an estimated $73 million to the city. Visit Albuquerque partner organizations at the event included the Albuquerque Convention Center, Meeting Professionals International-New Mexico Chapter (MPI-NM), Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers Association (GAIA) and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.
Las Vegas Marathon Meetings at High Roller
Following remarks from local officials and meetings industry professionals, guests boarded the High Roller Observation Wheel to participate in a series of marathon meetings. Each pod was staffed by meetings professionals from a variety of resort partners, including Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Las Vegas, Sands Corporation, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas CVA. Groups were provided with a hypothetical meeting scenario to work through during a 30-minute window—the amount of time it takes for a single rotation on the High Roller.
Pacific Northwest Global Meetings Industry Day
Washington State chapters from PCMA, MPI, HSMAI, NACE, ILEA, WSAE and Visit Seattle worked together to produce an industry breakfast at the Space Needle followed by a day of giving back at Mary’s Place. The mission of Mary’s Place is to empower homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. The organization is a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations.