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April 4, 2019

Celebrating the Fourth Annual Global Meetings Industry Day

On April 4, the meetings and events industry celebrated the fourth annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), where leaders from across the meetings and events industry come together to showcase the substantial impact that conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on businesses and the economy. More than 230 GMID events spanning 42 countries will take place on this international day of advocacy, an increase from 2018.

New research from Oxford Economics shows that face-to-face meetings across 180 countries contributed $1.5 trillion of GDP in 2017 – more than the economies of Australia, Spain, Mexico, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, according to Meetings Mean Business, the organization spearheading the event. The research also shows that meetings support 25.9 million jobs worldwide.

To shine a light on these results and others, GMID brings together thousands of industry professionals and third-party allies to host rallies, educational panels, networking sessions and more.

GMID was created in 2016 to raise the profile of the meetings and events industry, and last year, involved meeting professional organizations, association chapters, corporations, destinations, elected officials and business leaders. In 2018, events were held throughout North America, Latin America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia along with robust conversations online and over 54 million social media impressions. Several proclamations of support were issued by policymakers including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, governors of Minnesota and Colorado, along with the mayors and city officials of Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego, Austin, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax and Genk, Belgium. For those with a view of the Big Apple, the Empire State Building was illuminated in blue in honor of GMID for the third consecutive year.

For more on GMID, visit http://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/gmid

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