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April 30, 2018

Global Meetings Industry Day 2018 Sets Records




This year’s Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) was the biggest yet, according to the Meetings Mean Business coalition. 

On April 12, 206 events were held in 41 countries to celebrate the day, making it a record-setter. Some other highlights from the day:

  • The #GMID18 hashtag received 54 million impressions on Twitter
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a GMID proclamation (and so did 18 other governors, mayors and city officials)
  • Over 250 industry organizations hosted or co-hosted an event (or multiple events)

Global Meetings Industry Day 2018 from Meetings Mean Business Coalition on Vimeo.

New research from Oxford Economics affirms that in a single year – and despite a continued rise in virtual communications options – face-to-face meetings and events supported 5.9 million jobs and $845 billion in economic impact in the United States.
 
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 reveals the true convening power of our industry and connects the work we do every day to the long-term impact we have for businesses and economies around the world,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International and co-chair of MMB, in a written release.

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. Events were held throughout North America, Latin America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia along with robust conversations online and over 40 million social media impressions. Proclamations of support were issued by the governors of Washington, Texas and Minnesota, along with the mayors and city officials of Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin, Baton Rouge, Atlantic City, Broward County, FL, Erie County, NY, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa and Penang, Malaysia. The Empire State Building was illuminated in blue in celebration of GMID for the second consecutive year.
 
“Since its inception, GMID has galvanized partners globally and empowered advocates to communicate our industry’s ability to drive bottom line results,” said Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and co-chair of MMB. “GMID is a testament to the dedication and fierce passion industry professionals bring to colleagues, clients and communities.”

 


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