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April 7, 2017

World Celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day 2017

Destinations around the world celebrated Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2017 on April 6. 

In New Zealand, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) partnered with ShowGizmo for a free breakfast event in Wellington. The event also aimed to celebrate the impact women have in the events industry, with a lineup of speakers including Carrie Abernathy, co-founder and president of the Association for Women in Events (AWE); Marie-Claire Andrews, director AWE and CEO ShowGizmo; Rachel Bartlett, European president of IACC; Lotta Bowman, CEO Sigtunahojden in Sweden; and Sue Sullivan.

In New York, four iconic buildings spent the evening beforehand lit up in blue in honor of the event: the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Four Times Square and One Bryant Park, creating a blue skyline stretching from Lower Manhattan through Midtown. The city’s destination marketing organization, NYC & Company, convened a special NYC Talks: Improving Security, Ensuring Success panel on the day itself. Developed in partnership with event security firm T&M Protection Resources, the panel focused on security strategies and best practices for public and private meetings and events of all sizes.

In Miami, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and Miami International Airport celebrated Global Meetings Industry Day by welcoming WOW air's inaugural flight from Reykjavik, Iceland, marking the twenty-third European city with direct, non-stop service from Miami. The inaugural flight included a business and press delegation which will embark on several meetings with the Miami business community.

The low-cost airline will fly from Miami to Reykjavik three days a week with connecting flights to major European cities including London, Berlin, Copenhagen and Paris.

Other celebrations took place around the world:

Developed by the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMB), the day was dedicated to the global meetings industry an the positive impact it has on cities, businesses and economies. Hundreds of events took place all over the globe. 

GMID 2017 follows the first-ever international day of advocacy for the meetings industry, held in 2016 and spanning over 30 countries and five continents. 

Visit http://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/GMID

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