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April 14, 2016

Meetings Mean Business Hosts Global Meetings Industry Day

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) and MICE industry leaders around the world are celebrating the inaugural Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) today, April 14, with over 100 events in over 85 locations, spanning more than 30 countries.

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This international day of advocacy highlights the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities, MMBC said. Thousands of people who work in the industry are participating in today’s events to make sure that elected officials, business leaders and other decision makers understand the critical role face-to-face meetings play in generating business success, creating jobs and driving economic growth. 

Today’s activities include a wide range of events organized by industry partners across the globe. Meeting Professionals International chapters have organized nearly 60 events, the Professional Convention Management Association is hosting nearly 20 events and COCAL, the Latin American Federation of Professional Congress Organizers, chapters have organized nearly 15 events. Other highlights include:

* A rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas
* The illumination of the Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building in blue to recognize and celebrate GMID
* Recognition across New York City including a large-scale GMID ad in Times Square
* An educational panel featuring industry professionals and elected officials in Phoenix
* A full day of activities in Brussels, including a sustainability workshop and sessions on innovation in meetings
* A presentation of the importance of the meetings and events industry to different economic sectors in Guatemala
* A panel dicussing the impact of the meetings industry in Las Vegas

GMID is an expansion of North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID), held last year in the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Latin America.

Visit www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/GMID

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