Leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the first Global Meetings Industry Day, which will take place April 14, 2016. Led by Meetings Mean Business—a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative—Global Meetings Industry Day will showcase the impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.
“GMID will unite the meetings industry in a way that has never been done before,” said David Peckinpaugh, Meetings Mean Business co-chair and president of Maritz Travel. “The growth and success of our industry are critical to the world’s economy and we look forward to communicating our value on the global stage.”
Global Meetings Industry Day marks the expansion of North American Meetings Industry Day, held earlier this year in the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Latin America. Meetings Mean Business will once again join forces with the Convention Industry Council and other industry partners to host advocacy events and rallies, issue proclamations and champion the value of the meetings and events industry.
According to Karen Kotowski, CEO of the Conventions Industry Council, the goals of GMID will be similar to not only to those of NAMID, but also the first Meetings Industry Day, which was launched by Meeting Professionals International more than 20 years ago. “Our core objectives will be to define and shape the meetings and events profession in the future, help raise the industry’s profile and discuss the economic impact of meetings with people outside the industry, who are impacted by it every day,” Kotowski said. “We’re eager to engage everyone in the meetings and events community—from the grass tops to the grass roots—to demonstrate our value and strength.”
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