Global Meetings Industry Day 2018 Events

Lusaka, Zambia

The Business of Meetings
5:30 PM

Multi Stakeholder event whose main focus is to recognise the role of the local Meetings Industry and how to position it in the national agenda.

Intercontinental Hotel
Lusaka, Zambia

Nairobi, Kenya

Conference Resources Consulting
6 PM

We are bringing together professionals in the meeting industry in Kenya to a sit down where we shall discuss the pro's and con's technology and technological advancements have had in the way we conduct business.

Pawa254, Nairobi, Kenya

Beijing, China

Marriott Global Sales Organization-Beijing

6:30 PM

In attendance Alliance Members about 30 max, Beijing hotel representatives & GSO. Founder Speech: 2018 China MICE Trend & Alliance Introduction followed by social party.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Marriott International
7 PM

An evening to connect with meetings professionals in Dubai and to thank customers for their business. Westin Al Habtoor City and its Team will showcase their commitment to support any purpose of meetings as its venues come to life to deliver successful events.

Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Habtoor City - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Hong Kong

Marriott Global Sales Organization Hong Kong
2 PM

Partner with Hong Kong Tourism Board to update travel trade about the latest MICE market of Hong Kong, featuring 2 new hotels, the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott and St Regis Hong Kong. This event is a joint effort of GSO Luxury and Enterprise team in Hong Kong. Attended by Hong Kong Tourism Board and major MICE agents.

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

MPI Japan

7 AM

Networking event with invitations to government officials.

Seoul, South Korea

Marriott International

1:30 PM

A roundtable discussion which will center on issues of importance to the Singapore MICE customers and talk about challenges, successes and opportunities in order to develop real-world strategies that our hotels and KTO can implement. Goal is to come away with ideas of what we can be doing better together to boost MICE bookings in South Korea

JW Marriott Dongdaemun, 279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu Seoul, South Korea 03198

Shanghai, China

Marriott Global Sales Organization-Greater China

Round table discussion for the industry trend and lunch gathering. Attended by representatives from Shanghai Tourism Bureau, Head of intermediary company, etc.



Taipei, Taiwan

GSO Taipei & Lion Travel

12:30 PM

To present Marriott International’s 30 brands to the top MICE seller and discuss face to face how Marriott can work with them for them on every level in terms of budget, location and style selection. Joining along would be Le Meridien Chiangmai, Sheraton Hua Hin, Westin BKK. Attended by 100 top MICE sellers of Lion Travel.

Lion Travel HQ, No. 151, Shitan Road, Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan

Sydney, Australia

Marriott International Inc, Global Sales Organisation

12:30 PM 

Re-enforce the commercial importance of the Meetings Industry, discuss pertinent information that facilitiates conferences, incentives and meetings within and from Australia, and discuss how we can collectively support the business of holding meetings.

Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, Australia

Asturias, Spain

Avilés Club de Empresas, Oviedo Congresos y Club de Empresas de Turismo de Negocios
9 AM

An opportunity for the whole meetings industry in Asturias to come together and enjoy an interesting working session. / / 


MPI Denmark Chapter


Every hour between 10 AM and 6 PM (CET!) we provide a new relevant topic and a speaker either present in Denmark or talking from some other destination throughout the globe. All talks are 30-40 minutes long, will engage the hybrid audience, and leave room for questions and reflections and debate. When the Salon closes, MPI Denmark continues with its general assembly (which is expected to be highly boring, and in Danish, but you are welcome to attend ...)

Genk, Belgium

Cooperation of MPI Belgium Chapter & MPI Germany Chapter


Prepare yourself for future transformation in the event industry, inspiration, networking, education, learn about a new event location 

Istabul, Turkey

MPI Turkey and Site Turkey
2 PM


Our local industry will gather together for this great industrial celebration first time this year.

Co-organized by MPI Turkey Club and SITE Turkey Chapter, GMID Turkey 2018 event aim to motivate and energize the local industry around the theme of ‘’ Stronger Together’’,

We build our event on this message which also calls the industry to join forces and efforts, to reveal the strength of our industry and the meetings, to trust in our power and synergy to rebuild our destination’s image and efface misperception. 


GDPR - AB Genel Veri Koruma Tüzüğü ve Sektöre Etkileri ve Uygulamalar Konulu Panel

Panelists -

MICE Sektöründe Trendler ve Yenilikler

Speaker - Miguel Neves -Bu bölümde, MPI Danimarka Chapter organizasyonu olan ve MPI Chapter etkinlikleri arasında canlı bağlantı sağlayan GMID Salon2018 ile online bağlanacak

MPI & SITE Turkey Chapters Joint Panel

With the participation of MPI IBOARD member Miguel Neves, SITE …. Eda…


Gün sonunda iletişimimizi güçlendirmek ve birlikteliğimizi kutlamak üzere Networking Party’de bir araya geleceğiz.

Huzur Mh., Maslak Ayazağa Cd. No:4, 34485 Sarıyer/İstanbul, Turkey

Leusden, Netherlands

MPI the Netherlands Chapter
2:15 PM

AFAS Software is one of the largest Dutch Software companies. They are hosting GMID18 to give insight in their marketing strategy and how live events play an important role in their growth.

London, England

MPI UK & Ireland
1:15 PM

MPI Connects brings together events industry employers with student job seekers embarking on their new careers. The initiative is now in its fourth year and is supported and hosted by the University of Greenwich. With a successful history of matching capable applicants with employers including Smyle and Grass Roots Meetings & Events, MPI Connects has become the leading industry recruitment event for entry level positions. Participating employers will benefit from speed interview meetings with 15+ candidates during the afternoon and will be provided with the contact details for all opted-in attendees to network during the cocktail reception and post-event. Employer registration costs just £250+VAT, significantly less than recruitment advertising or agency fees. Student job seekers can register for free, however a cancellation penalty of £30+VAT will apply where less than 48 hours’ notice is given. It is mandatory that candidates should have all the necessary permissions to work in the UK in order to participate. Students should bring up to 30 copies of an up to date CV to the event. In 2018, MPI Connects will take place on Global Meetings Industry Day, alongside a series of other MPI events being hosted across the world. We look forward to welcoming you to MPI Connects!

The University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College
30 Park Row
London SE10 9LS

Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv Convention Bureau
6 PM

Networking and educational thematic party for key players of local meetings industry. Aim - to make everybody acquainted between each other in a rather informal atmosphere of (Ukrainian) 1940-60s, broaden their knowledge and inspire for new bigger projects, marking valuable role of meetings industry.

House of Scientists - 6 Lystopadovoho Chynu St., 79007, Lviv, Ukraine

Madrid, Spain

MPI Iberian Chapter

9 AM

We will run a training for discovering and developing the talent within our meetings and events industry.

Manchester, UK

Positive Impact Events
4 PM

Positive Impact are holding a webinar around how Collaboration can create a more powerful and more sustainable event industry. We will also hear from two amazing event companies - Caesars and Reed Exhibitions about their experiences of collaboration.

Milan, Italy

Marriott International
4 PM

Networking event with Uniceo to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day in the beautiful Excelsior Hotel Gallia

Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, 9 Piazza Duca d'Aosta, 20124 Milan, Italy

Milano, Italy

Marriott International
4 PM

Targeting 100 customers across all segments, including Luxury
Afternoon - from 16.00 to 19.00 - set appointments One-to-One appointments to present properties, discuss business opportunities, increase product knowledge and generate demand.
Evening - from 19.00 to 22.00 - Cocktail Reception Opportunity to meet and network with customers

ON-House Milano, Via Passione, 8, 20122 Milano MI, Italy

MPI Finland

3 PM 


Nova Gorica, Slovenia


6:30 AM

Open Borders is the event created from MPI Italia Chapter to celebrate the Global Meeting Industry Day with European collegues of the area. 

No more borders but warm atmosphere, fun, team building and networking in amazing location. 

Palma, Spain

MPI Iberian Chapter, Pidelaluna events, Palau de Congressos de Palma
7 PM

Facts and trends in our industry in Europe followed by a networking event.

Meliá Palma Bay Hotel, Carrer de Felicià Fuster, 4, 07006 Palma, Spain

Warsaw, Poland

Conference Resources Consulting
10 AM

Student Event Day is an initiative by students in Faculty of Tourism and Recreation at University of Physical Education in Warsaw. The meetings goal is to provide a series of brief lectures presented by experts in the field about meetings and event industry.

Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw - Marymoncka 34, 00-968 Warszawa, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

MPI Poland Chapter, SITE Poland, Students Scientific Association of Business Tourism 2B
6 PM

The meeting will be organized for the first time in cooperation with 3 associations: MPI POLAND CHAPTER, SITE POLAND and STUDENTS SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS TOURISM 2B.

The main topic of the meeting will be new trends in the meetings industry in Poland.

Sound Garden Hotel - Żwirki i Wigury 18, 02-092 Warszawa, Poland

Waterford, Ireland

Hotel4Meetings and
1 PM

Travel technology is growing and MICE industry is a large part of global travel industry. However the innovation in our particular field is scarce. Our event will focus into how we can attract more talent and innovation ( new greetings) tocreate more business and opportunities in the meetings industry (more meetings).

Waterford Institute of Technology West Campus, Carriganore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Afeet Quintana Roo
9 AM

Conference by Dr. Georg Monir for all members of the Executive Female Association for Tourism Companies in Quintana Roo and generating awareness of GMID to all participating members as well as a press conference.

American Express Meetings & Events

9 AM

A full day of employee recognition for their contributions to their customers and the industry!

IAPCO - International Association of Professional Congress Organisers

10 AM

IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) will be publishing their Member Annual Survey for 2017 on GMID Day. IAPCO company members, from all around the world, will be supporting the survey results by uploading photos of their 2017 'milestone' moments to Twitter. These photos, at the end of the day will be compiled to form the GMID logo. Showing the 'Real results, real impact, all around the world.'

Alberta, Canada

MPI Greater Calgary Chapter

3 PM

Come join the conversation with our host, Dave Kelly, and a panel of local experts on the importance of the meetings industry and the power it has to drive positive business outcomes, build strong communities and create valuable personal connections.

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, 120 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2G 0P3

Baja California Sur, Mexico

PCMA Mexico Chapter
9 AM

Professional Exchanges es un exitoso programa que PCMA MEXICO CHAPTER tiene 4 años llevando a cabo en diferentes destinos de México.

El objetivo de este programa es el facilitar el encuentro de Meeting Planeers y Corporativos Internacionales con Planners Nacionales para compartir sus “best practices “ y su amplia experiencia en mercados internacionales.

Formato Professional Exchange:

· Durante la sesión cada uno de los meeting planners deberá dar una presentación de entre 10 a 15 minutos de algún caso de éxito en sus eventos, relacionado con cualquier tema de la organización de los mismos. (Montajes, Menús, decoraciones, registro, etc) El objetivo es compartir casos de éxito para cada uno de ellos.

· Posterior a este Exchange se tendrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas.

· Cerramos el evento con mesas de discusión y networking.

· Durante este evento se invitará a la industria local a participar en la sesión y al desayuno con los invitados. teniendo posibilidad de interactuar en los mismos.

Durante este evento se desarrollarán temas relevantes para reforzar "The Best Practices" como destino enfocado a la cadena de valores que engloba la Industria de Turismo de Reuniones en Los Cabos.

Programa del evento del Sábado 7 de Abril

9:00 a.m Recepción y desayuno de los asistentes
9:30 a.m Bienvenida por parte del Presidente de PCMA Chapter México
9:40 a.m Palabras del Fideicomiso de Turismo de Los Cabos
9:50 a.m Presentación de los ponentes
10:00 a.m Inicio de las presentaciones de los Meeting Planners
12:30 p.m Sesión de preguntas y respuestas
13:00 p.m Mesas de Trabajo
14:00 p.m Cierre


Carr. Transp. Km 18.4, Lomas del Tule, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico

Bogota, Colombia

Aloft Bogota Airport
10 AM

Se realizara una capacitacion y un acto de agradecimiento por tenernos en cuenta para los diferentes grupos que han hospedado en el hotel.

AGENCIA DE VIAJES PROMOTORA NEPTUNO - Cra. 7 Bis A #123-15, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia

British Columbia, Canada

Delta Hotel by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort & Tourism Kelowna
8 AM

Global Meetings Industry Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate those that plan and deliver meetings in our city. Join us as we "Take Care of Business in Kelowna".

Delta Hotel by Marriott, 1310 Water Street, Kelowna, BC Canada V1Y 9P3;

British Columbia, Canada

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort + Tourism Kelowna
8 AM

A breakfast celebration for hotel stakeholders of tourism - our local clients and our attractions and offsite partners. Breakfast will be followed by exciting initiatives and updates from the CEO of Tourism, followed by Beth Hanishewski, a mind set motivational coach.

1310 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3, Canada

British Columbia, Canada

Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort & Tourism Kelowna
8 AM

Let's celebrate the Meetings Industry together! Join meeting professionals, industry members and planners for a delicious breakfast at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort.

Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort, 1310 Water Street, Kelowna BC, V1Y9R3 and

Buenos Aires, Argentina

GSO Argentina
12:30 PM

Street Food Lunch with 75 meeting planners to recognize their partnership.

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center - San Martín 1225/1275, 1104 CABA, Argentina

Chiapas, Mexico

OCV Chiapas
11 AM

We will give presentations focused on the meetings industry.

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México

Chihuahua, Mexico

Clúster Turístico de Chihuahua, Asociación Mexicana de Hoteles y Moteles de Chihuahua A.C., Expo Chihuahua, Fideicomiso ¡Ah Chihuahua!, Chihuahua Buró de Convenciones
10 AM

Conferencia Magistral "Industria Global, Impacto Local" impartida por Miguel Harraca Presidente para Latinoamerica y el Caribe de las Oficinas de Convenciones y Visitantes seguida por el taller "Destinos Turísticos en Crisis".

Expo Chihuahua, Tecnológico y Escudero s/n, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, 31320

Edmonton, Alberta

GMID 2018
8 AM

Speaker: Roger Haskett
Roger is an award-winning international keynote speaker who ignites positive transformational change in teams and individuals. He creates engagement through topics ranging from the power of play to stress management, performance excellence, and effective communication.

Guadalajara, Mexico

The Culture and Communications Palace (PALCCO) Convention Center

10 AM

Presentation to students from different universities in Guadalajara (At least 5 institutions) from their academic programs in majors like Business Management, International Business, Marketing & Tourism. The event is expected to bring together over 5,000 students and will be hosted jointly by the Culture & Communications Palace (PALCCO) Convention Center, the Guadalajara Visitors and Conventions Bureau and the MPI Mexico Chapter. The event will be live streamed via Facebook.

Guadalajara, Mexico

Expo Guadalajara Convention Center
8:30 AM

Expo Guadalajara will gather the main drivers of the meetings industry, Organizers, Providers, Goverment and Universities. The Minister of tourism of the State of Jalisco and The President of Expo Guadalajara will offer a Conference about the economic impact of this industry in Guadalajara.

Expo Guadalajara, Avenida Mariano Otero 1499 Colonia Verde Valle, Guadalajara Jalisco ZP 44550

Guanajuato, Mexico

Global Event


The event will focus on innovation, sustainabiliy and challenges for the meetings industry.

Heredia, Costa Rica

Marriott Internationl
9:30 AM

This will be a networking event with 40-50 top groups&events contacts and the ambience will be a Brunch with live Jazz Music. Event to take place in Costa Rica / no GMID direct presence, the event will be host by Marriott only.
The idea is to have a Brunch with Jazz for top 20-30 Group Key Contacts

700 meters west from Bridgestone/Firestone, La Ribera de Belen, Heredia Province, Heredia, Costa Rica

London, Ontario

Event Professionals London, ON


Share - Support - Succeed


World Meeting Forum

11 AM

World Meetings Forum will celebrate the GMID presenting with Grupo Vidanta and Riviera Nayarit the Press Conference related to the event that will take place from July 17th to 19th. The press conference will include hard data about local and global MICE Industry, education program , speakers and all networking activities and the inclusion program coordinated by WMF Foundation during the WMF.


Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, Mexico

Marriot - Sales blitz Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey

24 hotels participating with Sales calls in Mex City, Guadalajara and Monterrey for two days.

Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey

Mexico City, Mexico

Marriot - Mexico region
6 PM

Dinner sponsor for meeting planners attending PCOs monthly session.


The St. Regis Mexico City, Centro, 59670 Zamora, Mich., Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

9:30 AM

Integración y Conformación de la Economía a través de las Industrias que la Conforman , Considerando el Impacto del Turismo de Reuniones

Centro, Citibanamex, Lomas de Sotelo, Hipódromo de las Américas, 11200 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

Convention and Visitors Bureau State of Mexico
11 AM

To celebrate this date we will hold a conference in the city of Toluca, on April 13 at 11:00 a.m.

Convention and Exhibition Centre, Toluca State of Mexico,
Address: Blvd. Miguel Aleman Valdez, 175 Zip code 50226, Toluca State of Mexico

Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico

MPI Mexico Chapter
9:30 AM

We will hold the two keynote lectures, a load of MPI Mexico and PCMA Mexico, in addition to the monthly meal of MPI Mexico, we will broadcast the important moments of the day in streaming through facebook live: @insidemxtv

CENTRO CITIBANAMEX, Lomas de Sotelo, Hipódromo de las Américas, C.P.11200 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX

Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico

MPI Mexico Chapter
1:30 PM

Sesión educativa, que incluye comida, en la que los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de conocer que hacer y como se está beneficiando la industria de Reuniones en México, por medio del Consejo Mexicano de la Industria de Reuniones (COMIR).

Centro Citibanamex, Av. Conscripto 311 Lomas de Sotelo, Del.Miguel Hidalgo CDMX CP 11200

Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico

Marriot - Mexico region
8 AM

Networking and educational session sponsoring GMID for MPI thru CB sponsoring.

Centro Citibanamex, Av. Conscripto 311 Lomas de Sotelo, Del.Miguel Hidalgo CDMX CP 11200

New Westminster, BC

PCMA Canada West, MPI BC, ILEA Vancouver

8:30 AM

A celebration for meeting/ event professionals. The event will feature a super amazing speaker: Christine Couvelier who speaks all over the world on food trends.

Anvil Centre. 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9

Nova Scotia, Cananda

MPI Atlantic Canada Chapter

10 AM

Join us on Thursday, April 12th as we celebrate our industry with a two hour curated networking session led by Colette Robicheau!  A fabulous lunch will be served by the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3J5 CANADA

Ottawa, Canada

CanSPEP and PCMA Canada East

7:30 AM

A panel from various perspectives, followed by brainstorming round tables on industry issues.

Novotel Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa, Canada

MPI Ottawa Chapter


Event security with a special focus on the impact of cyber-crime, credit card fraud, room pirates and physical security. What can you do to protect your organization, your attendees and yourself? The first step is to find out about the threats you might be completely unaware of. 

Panama City, Panama

CALA (MI Hotels and GSO)
8 AM

Global Industry Meeting Breakfast with MI Intermediary Partners who actually book events with MI properties.

Le Méridien Panama - Calle Uruguay & Balboa Avenue, Panama City, Panama

Panama City, Panama

CALA (MI Hotels and GSO)
2 PM

Sales Calls to Intermediary Partners who actually book events with MI properties.

Panama City, Panama

Marriott Hotels Panama
8 AM

Marriott Hotels in Panama with more than 15 hotels and 11 brands in the City will celebrate in company of meeting planners this day with an special Breakfast gathering to share histories about working in this industry.

Calle 52 y Ricardo Arias, Area Bancaria, Panama City, Panama

Puebla, Mexico

Convenciones Puebla
9:15 AM

Se parte de la celebración del dia mundial de la industria de reuiones (GMID), sumandote a la fotografía de nuestra industria de reuuniones en Puebla, en uno de los lugares más icónicos de nuestro destinos "Estrella de Puebla"; al finalizar realizaremos una caminata de 1 KM hacia el Auditorio Metropolitano en donde tendremos la charla "Sostenibilidad en la industra de reuniones".

Auditorio Metropolitano, Calle Osa Mayor S/N, Zona Sin Asignacion De Nombre De Colonia 34, 73700 Puebla, Pue., Mexico

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republican

Marriott Hotels of Dominican Republic
7 PM

Recognition Dinner with Chef Alberto for Intermediaries DMC's, Event Planners and Wedding Planners.

Winstons Restaurant - JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo
Winston Churchill Avenue No. 93, Ensanche Piantini, Santo Domingo 10501, Dominican Republic

Toronto, Ontario

MPI Toronto Chapter Global Meetings Industry (GMID) 2018
8 AM

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the meetings and events industry to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. Last year, more than 120 events were held across the globe including Toronto. 

The Globe and Mail Centre
351 King Street East - Level 17
Toronto, ON M5A 0N1

Yucatan, Mexico

Centro Internacional de Congresos de Yucatan Powered by Samsung and Fideture
5:30 PM

A day of celebration with our partners and friends within the meetings industry in Yucatan!!!, we are celebrating also the opening of our brand new CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE CONGRESOS DE YUCATAN POWERED BY SAMSUNG Convention Center.

International Congress Center Yucatan - Calle 62 294, Centro, 97000 Centro, Yuc., Mexico


Huntsville, AL

Huntsville Madison Country Convention & Visitors Bureau
10 AM

We've invited 2-3 meeting planners to discuss live on Facebook the ins and outs of planning a meeting along with the positive impacts from those meetings.

Von Braun Center 700 Monroe St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Huntsville, AL

Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
2 PM

The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau will engage with various meeting planners, meeting venues, the city and chamber about what economic value a meeting has in our area.

500 Church Street NW, Suite One Huntsville, Alabama 35801


Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
9 AM

Advocacy Day is an annual event that supports AzLTA’s continual efforts of elevating the prominence of Arizona’s lodging and tourism industry and the association’s voice of advocacy for public policy formulation favorable to its stakeholders. This event will also take the time to highlight the importance of the meetings industry in Arizona.

Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix AZ 85007

Scottsdale, AZ

MPI Arizona Sunbelt Chapter

6 PM

If you don’t bowl, don’t worry, we have trivia seats available. If you don’t like trivia, bowl away.

We have a full buy-out of our venue - which gives our guests access to all lanes, pool tables, darts, VIP service, fun prize games, and plenty of space to mix and mingle. 

Companies - sponsor a lane ... we have several sponsorships to choose from

Friends - gather your teams of seven or eight (go ahead and register, then email Joanne to advise of your team members), OR

Purchase a single ticket and we can place you on a team as well

The fee of $40 for members and $50 for non-members includes your entry to the event, bowling, bowling shoes, unlimited sodas and complimentary food stations.

BowlMor Scottsdale - 7300 E. Thomas Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Aliso Viejo, CA

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo/Laguna Beach
5 PM

Please join us for a business unusual evening.

50 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Anaheim, CA

MPI Orange County Chapter (MPOC)

6 PM

MPIOC Celebrates Global Meeting Industry Day The Big Easy Way with a #GMID Eve “STROLL THROUGH NEW ORLEANS” at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen.
Jazz It Up with MPI Orange County at Our Annual Spring Social and Fundraiser, “A Stroll Through New Orleans.”
Experience The Crescent City’s Dual Legacy of Food & Music with Live Entertainment and Fabulous Food, PLUS Casino Games, Great Networking Opportunities, and Our Famous SILENT AUCTION!


GMID Eve — Wednesday April 11
6:00 PM Reception & Networking; Silent Auction Tables Open
7:00 PM Dinner & Entertainment
8:00 PM Silent Auction Tables Close
8:30 PM Silent Auction Winners Announced; Items Available for Pickup After Payment
9:00 PM Event Concludes

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
1590 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 776-5200

Los Angeles, CA

Cvent Inc.


Bringing together industry leaders, practitioners, and experts to discuss key trends that are shaping today’s travel, meetings, and events industry and uncover solutions to solve their unique challenges.

930 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Sacramento, CA

MPI Sacramento Sierra Nevada

11 AM 

A great way to get all aspects of members involved in GMID

The Sawyer Hotel, 500 J Street, Sacramento CA 95814

San Diego, CA

MPI San Diego GMID Celebration
5:30 PM

Join MPI San Diego and the San Diego hospitality community as we come together to celebrate Global Meeting Industry Day.  

Party Pals
10427 Roselle St
San Diego, CA 92121

San Francisco, CA

4 PM

On April 12, 2018, leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the third annual Global Meetings Industry Day. GMID events will be held across the globe to demonstrate the measurable impact that meetings have on businesses, economies, and communities.

Please join us at AT&T Park for a truly unforgettable event where 10 Bay Area Industry Associations will network and advocate for the Meetings & Events Industry. You will not want to miss this opportunity be a part of an event that will showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities. Please join us for an unforgettable night where numerous Bay Area Meeting and Event Industry Associations come together for networking, food and fun at the Home of the San Francisco Giants! Let's hit GMID out of the park! 

AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107

San Francisco, CA

LilRickyBigWorld and NGH LLC

11 AM

There has been too much noise and negativity in the world. This an opportunity to unite and focus on a bright future for all.

1095 Natoma Street San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco, CA

Giants Enterprises

4 PM

For the second consecutive year, Giants Enterprises will host Hospitality Grand Slam on April 12, 2018 at AT&T Park. 10 Bay Area Industry Associations will come together at AT&T Park to celebrate GMID while networking and advocating for the Meetings & Events Industry. PCMA NCC, MPI NCC, ILEA NCC, SITE, GMIC, NACE, CEMA, IAEE, HSMAI and SPiN are all participating associations.

AT&T Park - 24 Willie Mays Plaza - San Francisco, California 94107

Universal City

11 AM

Three organizations are taking the lead to celebrate our industry with an education luncheon featuring Nan Marchand-Beauvois.

Hilton Universal
555 Universal Hollywood Dr
Universal City, CA 91608


University City, CA


Local leaders from across the meetings and events industry are coming together to support Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 12, 2018.
The meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions industries will unite to showcase the impact that meetings and events have on local businesses, economies and communities.
Guest speaker is Nan Marchand Beauvois, U.S. Travel Association


Denver, CO

Global Meetings Industry Day Celebration
1 PM

The board of directors of all 13 organizations that make up the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado will come together at the Colorado State Capitol for a talk with an elected official, followed by a tour of the newly renovated Capitol, followed by a reception at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. The reception at the Sheraton will include a brief program about GMID and hopefully another talk from an elected official.

1550 Court Pl
Denver, CO 80202


Greenwich, CT

MPI WestField Chapter

9:30 AM

Checkers vs. Chess: Unlocking the Keys to Authentic Leadership
Futureproofing Your Career – Staying Relevant in the Age of Automation

Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 1800 E Putnam Ave, Old Greenwich, CT 06870

Windsor, CT
Connecticut River Valley


The 4th Annual MPI CRV's New England Business Forum, powered by XSITE, is an innovative appointment style, reverse trade show designed to bring meeting and event planners together with industry suppliers. The day also showcases cutting edge education sessions that are pre-approved by the Convention Industry Council.

District of Columbia

Washington, DC

APCO Worldwide
5 PM

APCO Worldwide is hosting a happy hour to discuss the importance of face-to-face meetings.

APCO Worldwide, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC, 20004

Washington, DC

3:30 PM

Join the PCMA Capital Chapter and MPI-Potomac for an afternoon filled with education, networking and advocacy, as we dive into hot topics and research that will impact both the meetings and conventions industry as well as our local communities for years to come.

Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Washington, DC

Marriott's of the Mid Atlantic

10 AM

Photo opportunity with tee shirts and a banner, Live stream on facebook

Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC


Championsgate, FL

MPI Greater Orlando

10 AM

GMID not only serves the purpose of raising industry awareness around the importance of FACE-TO-FACE Meetings but, it’s also a day for our industry to come together as one voice.

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

MPI South Florida, in conjunction with Florida Association of Meetings & Events Professionals, Florida Festivals and Events Association, and NACE South Florida

9:30 AM

Join the South Florida Events Community in celebration of GMID, with spesial guest speaker's, Shawna Suckow - Inside the Industry: What's Really Going On Out There! and MPI's Chief Operations Officer Darren Temple. 2 - CMP CE's will be offered.

Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina
2301 SE 17th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Jacksonville, FL

MPI North Florida

11 AM

MPI North Florida celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day with a panel comprised of representatives from Visit Jacksonville, Visit Florida, Jacksonville City Council/Tourist Development Council, and Firehouse Subs. The panel will provide insight into the North Florida Meetings and Hospitality Industry and the economic impact it has on our community.

Lexington Hotel & Conference Center, 1515 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Miami Beach, FL

SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter, Sustainable Events Network Florida & Caribbean, SKAL, Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, International Live Events Association, HSMAI South Florida

3:30 PM

Learn from respected experts how blockchain and cryptocurrency are impacting meetings, travel and tourism. We will also feature a brief intro of stats and impact of the meetings industry in South Florida.

FAENA Hotel Miami Beach, 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL, 33140

Miami Beach, FL

SITE Florida and Caribbean
3:30 PM

The event will start by recapping some industry facts and closing with a panel on Blockchain Disruption in Travel. Followed by a reception.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach - 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Miami Beach, FL

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter, Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, FRLA, HSMAI
3:30 PM

Greater Miami travel and tourism industry will gather to discuss the business impact of the meetings industry via presentations and panel discussions.

3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Orlando, FL

Greater Orlando MPI

11 AM

GMID not only serves the purpose of raising industry awareness around the importance of FACE-TO-FACE Meetings but, it’s also a day for our industry to come together as one voice.   Our day will begin with a lunch and keynote speaker Jim Spellos.  The Keynote topic will be Hot Technologies of 2018. Following lunch we will have 3 breakout sessions all discussing the Future of Meetings in different areas of the meetings industry.

Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate
1500 Masters Blvd.
Champions Gates, FL 33896

Sarasota, FL

MPI Tampa Bay Area

9:30 AM

You don't want to miss this event packed with outstanding educational sessions, CMP credits and networking opportunities at the new Westin Sarasota! 


Atlanta, GA


3:30 PM

The 2018 GMID Event will be an interactive event exploring the latest technology and industry trends. Come join industry friends to learn, engage and network together as a meeting community!

LIVE! at the BATTERY ATLANTA - 825 Battery Ave SE Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339


Chicago, IL

MPI Chicago Area Chapter


Industry Xchange 2018 (IX), being held at Chicago’s new Wintrust Arena, is a collaboration of Chicago-based meeting & event industry organization chapters, with planning efforts led by Meeting Professionals International Chicago Area Chapter (MPI-CAC). Partnering organizations include Association Forum, Catering Executives Club of America, EDPA Midwest, IAEE Midwestern Chapter, ILEA Chicago Chapter, PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter and SITE Chicago. IX will be once again co-located with Choose Chicago’s Annual Meeting of membership, and all together, these organizations will come together to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2018.

Glenview, IL
4 PM

Come join other Meeting professionals for a fun, high energy cardio dance class set to pop, rock and hip hop. Organized by $10 for one hour class, fitness and fun!

Glenview Park Center 2400 Chestnut Drive, Glenview, IL 60025


Bloomington, IN

Bloomington's GMID Committee
5 PM

Our event is in the evening and will consist of a cocktail hour and a panel discussion with four local industry leaders.

Monroe Convention Center, 302 S College Ave., Bloomington IN 47403

Indianapolis, IN

MPI Indiana

5 PM

Each year, the MPI Indiana Chapter recognizes chapter members and other outstanding contributions to the Indiana meetings industry with the Indiana Meeting Professionals Recognizing Excellence & Statewide Success (IMPRESS) Awards. Recipients are recognized for committment to the chapter and profession, impact, and demonstration of best practices.

211 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue Univiersity - School of Hospitality and Tourism Managment
3 PM

Students in Event Planning Minor will celebrate GMID.

900 State St, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906


Des Moines, IA

Conference Event Management
1 PM

A hospitality donation network to smooth out the process of giving back to the community and increasing corporate responsibility through donation of excess supplies and food from events.

West Des Moines and Surrounding

Des Moines, IA

MPI Heartland Chapter


CHEERS! Come celebrate Global Meeting Industry Day with MPI! Get a behind the scenes brewery tour + Think outside of the box for your next event location in one of the private event spaces at Exile Brewing Company.


Lexington, KY

MPI Kentucky Bluegrass
11 AM

Make plans to join MPI KBC on April 12, 2018 at historic Keeneland Race Track for a special day at the races to celebrate the impact of our industry with special sponsorship by two Kentucky destination organizations, Visit Lex and meetNKY!

4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, KY 40510


New Orleans, LA

MPI Gulf States, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
11 AM

Join Roger Dow and industry veterans Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Michael Sawaya, President and General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, led by Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, as they discuss the importance travel and face-to-face meetings. The expert panel will discuss growing industry trends, misconceptions about meetings, the future of travel and the importance of the Meetings Mean Business coalition.

900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130


Baltimore, MD

PCMA Chesapeake Chapter
11:30 AM

PCMA Chesapeake will focus on the impacts small meetings have on the Baltimore area as well as the national-international arenas.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230


Boston, MA

GMID Education & Networking
4 PM

PCMA NE and MPI NE are partnering on an Educational and Networking GMID event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, with a focus on Event Security. The event will also include a Sponsorship Exhibit portion. 

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston MA 02210

Cambridge, MA

IASB Annual Convention: Welcome Reception
6:30 PM

This premiere event of the year is the largest gathering of speaker bureau, agency and speaker management professionals in the world.  The annual convention provides members with unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage and build relationships. 

Royal Sonesta
40 Edwin Landing Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142


Minneapolis, MN

Destination Celebration Minneapolis
4 PM (April 11)

Held on Wed, April 11th, Join us for an evening of social energy, food, drink and prizes. Network with a collection of DMOs and hotel brands to support the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and Global Meetings Industry Day.

105 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Chapters of MPI, SITE, SPIN, PCMA, SITE, NACE, SGMP

11 AM

MPI Minnesota's “satellite” version of GMID is taking place on Thursday April 12th at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul, MN. Supported by our industry colleagues from the local chapters of National Association of Catering Executives (NACE), Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP), Senior Planner Industry Network (SPIN), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront - 11 Kellogg Blvd E, St. Paul, MN 55101


Kansas City, MO

Destination Celebration Kansas City
4 PM (April 10)

Held on Tues, April 10th, Join us for an evening of social energy, food, drinks and prizes. Network with a collection of DMOs and hotel brands to support the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and Global Meetings Industry Day. 

The Gallery
61 E 14th St
Kansas City, MO 64105

St. Louis, MO

MPI St. Louis Area Chapter, Explore St. Louis and Maritz Travel

9 AM

In celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day, MPI St. Louis Area Chapter, Explore St. Louis and Maritz Travel are bringing together a panel of St. Louis' top industry professionals to discuss what meetings mean for St. Louis and the current meeting environment. Hear the panelists' insights on trends, community impact, event design and much more.

Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Ave., St. Louis MO 63102


Omaha, NE

MPI Heartland Chapter


Please join us in celebrating GMID with a networking social.


Las Vegas, NV

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) joins leaders from across the Las Vegas meeting and convention industry to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day 2018. The day is especially important for Las Vegas as the meetings, conventions and trade show industry has a significant impact on the local economy supporting 85,000 jobs and generating more than $12.4 billion in economic impact. 

New Jersey

Princeton, NJ

Meet AC


Bringing the Atlantic City Experience to our clients; The event will include our newly launched VR platform, guest speakers and more.

New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

Visit Albuquerque

11:30 AM

As one of the largest private industries in the city, tourism is a bright spot for Albuquerque! We invite you to celebrate the success of the meetings and conventions industry in Albuquerque, and the vital role it plays as an economic engine for the city.

Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Albuquerque, NM

Meeting Professionals International, New Mexico Chapter
5 PM

Join MPI-NM at HQue, inside the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, for Happy Hour so that we can all come together and enjoy being part of the huge network of professionals in the meetings, events, hospitality and tourism industry on Global Meetings Industry Day.

HQue Bar 330 Tijeras Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

New York

Albany, NY

MPI Northeastern NY


Be part of the inaugural MPI NENY Gala! Celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day and recognizing meeting planner superstars from our region. Enjoy an evening of networking, good food and showing your support to those that have made the meeting industry all that it is.

Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207

New York, NY

5:30 PM (April 11)

Discuss relevant topics in our industry in a short TED style format. Speakers will include Michael Dominguez.

250 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007

New York, NY

NYC & Company

5:30 PM

NYC & Company will celebrate the City’s commitment to meetings by hosting a networking reception with top NYC partners and local meeting planners at one of the City's newest attractions, the NFL Experience.

NFL Experience, 20 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

MPI Carolinas Chapter
5 PM

Join your industry peers and leaders April 12th from 5pm to 7pm for a casual evening of networking as we celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day. MPI Carolinas Chapter, Association Executives of North Carolina and International Live Events Association are partnering to showcase the value of meetings and travel.

The Siena Hotel Autograph Collection, 1505 East Franklin Street,
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Cincinnati, OH

4:30 PM

Come out and join MPI Ohio for a fun casual networking evening to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day! No expectations, just have fun and network with colleagues in the meeting planning profession in your own backyard. If you are traveling, come join us at whatever location is close to you. Hope to see you there!

We Olive & Wine Bar
33 E 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cleveland, OH


4 PM

Join colleagues and friends for an afternoon celebrating our industry and network with colleagues, with a reception from 4-6pm.

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
300 Lakeside Ave. E.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Cleveland, OH

4:30 PM

Come out and join MPI Ohio for a fun casual networking evening to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day! No expectations, just have fun and network with colleagues in the meeting planning profession in your own backyard. If you are traveling, come join us at whatever location is close to you. Hope to see you there!

Tremont Taphouse
2572 Scranton Road
Cleveland, OH 44113

Dublin, OH

4:30 PM

Come out and join MPI Ohio for a fun casual networking evening to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day! No expectations, just have fun and network with colleagues in the meeting planning profession in your own backyard. Food and drinks sponsored by Experience Columbus!

PINS, 6558 Riverside Dr, Dublin, OH 43017


Portland, OR

MPI Oregon

10 AM

An all-day educational opportunity to network with Oregon's top meeting industry professionals. Four sessions will be offered at the Industry Summit and non-member meeting planners can attend for free!

Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. 
Portland, OR 97232


Philadelphia, PA

GMID 2018
2 PM

MPI Philadelphia Area Chapter and the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of PCMA are thrilled to co-present Philadelphia's Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Meetings are important, and GMID is our chance to come together as an industry to have our voices heard! The conference not only spotlights our Philadelphia-area leaders advocating for meetings business, but also includes a disaster-preparedness workshop featuring Bob Mellinger, founder and CEO of Attainium Corporation. Bob will lead the participants in customized, interactive mock-disaster tabletop exercises known as the Disaster Experience. The conference will close with a celebratory networking reception. Come show your support for our industry with your industry peers and fellow PCMA and MPI members; you will not want to miss this annual event.

In addition to our Philadelphia meeting, hundreds of industry events will be held across six continents on April 12 to recognize and promote this international day of advocacy. This year’s tagline is “Real results, real impact, all around the world.” GMID is organized by Meetings Mean Business (MMB), an industry-wide coalition comprised of leaders across the meetings and events industry. MMB focuses on three themes year-round: Creating Personal Connections; Driving Positive Business Outcomes; and Building Strong Communities.

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Pittsburgh, PA

MPI Pittsburgh, PCMA Power, ILEA Pittsburgh Chapters

2:30 PM

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Pittsburgh Chapter, POWER Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Chapter, and the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Pittsburgh Chapter are teaming up in celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day on April 12, 2018 at the Energy Innovation Center. The event will be education with the presentation of Bullets, Bad Guys, Fire & Brimstone: A Look at Risk in a Changing World with Michael Owen. The content is approved through the Events Industry Council for 1 CEU under the domain Risk Management. The event will end with a network hour with hor d'oeuevres.

Energy Innovation Center 435 Bedford Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Premium & Luxury Marriott Hotels in Puerto Rico
12:30 PM

In an effort to strengthened the relationship with our partners, we invited the top local meeting planners for a fun, creative afternoon in which we will explore trends, gather feedback on local industry conditions/strengths. We are joining efforts with a local strategy, problem solving & design thinking firm and our goal is to deliver innovation, change & business growth for both our partners and our hotels.

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - 1309 Avenida Doctor Ashford, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

Providence, RI

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

11 AM

A celebration of Rhode Islanders who have assisted the destination in securing meetings, conventions and sporting event business over the course of the past year. This annual event celebrates our spirit of community as well as the positive economic impact our industry has on the city and state.

Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903

South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


Tourism, meeting and event professionals around the world are celebrating Global Meeting Industry Day. We're celebrating in Myrtle Beach! Join us as we spotlight the local and global economic impact group markets have in our industry.


Alberta, TN

MPI Greater Calgary Chapter

3 PM

A panel of local experts will be discussing the importance of the meetings industry and the power it has to drive positive business outcomes, build strong communities and create valuable personal connections.

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, 120 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 0M9

Nashville, TN

MPI Tennessee and Tennessee Society of Association Executives

8 AM

Hosted by MPI Tennessee Chapter and Tennessee Society of Association Executives we are bringing a much-needed topic to our members and inviting all other local industry associations. Tripp Mitchell, MPA, CCP will present a three-hour (3) continuing educational session at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. This breakfast meeting will begin at 7:30am with registration and breakfast. The morning keynote is titled Save Your Six – Survive An Active Threat followed by a two hour seminar titled M.A.S.T. Training – Managing Active Security Threats.
Tripp Mitchell brings experience in law enforcement, security consulting and investigation. He holds the designation of Certified Protection Professional (CPP) which is the highest credentialing certificate awarded by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International) for demonstrable knowledge in the security field. He is a state certified trainer, firearms instructor and an adjunct criminal justice instructor at various colleges and technical schools as well as an instructor at many regional police academies.

Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203


Austin, TX


3:30 PM

Please join us for a truly unforgettable event where 9 central TX meetings and events industry chapter associations will come together to network and advocate for the meetings and events industry. A lively panel discussion beginning at 3:30 p.m. where some of the brightest minds in the meetings and events industry will talk about the latest international industry trends, local impact of meetings and what you need to know now from four unique perspectives. A networking reception from 5-6:30 p.m. will follow.

Brazos Hall
204 4th Street
Austin, TX

Dallas, TX

The Westin Dallas Downtown
11:30 AM

Prosecco/Champagne, lunch and Learning how to make your own Succulent Garden.

1201 Main Street, Dallas, Bluebonnet Ballroom

Dallas, TX

GMID North Texas
4 PM

GMID North Texas is a collaborative coalition of organizations committed to the support and celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day. Join us on April 12 for a day of celebratory events. Registration is FREE but an RSVP is appreciated. Register here

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Richland College HEEM (Hospitality, Exhibitions & Event Management)
Scholarship Luncheon & Silent Auction (separate registration required)

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Rally at Dallas City Hall with Special Guests

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Networking Celebration
Parking and celebratory beverage sponsored by Aloft Dallas Downtown, 1033 Young St, Dallas, TX 75202

Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St, Dallas TX 75201

Dallas, TX

PCMA Gulf States

11 AM 

APRIL 11, 2018

Join us for a fun and interactive improv-based business skills workshop. Comedy at Work! Did you know the tenets of improv are useful tools in a professional environment? The concept of saying Yes! to ideas AND adding information to support those ideas helps organizations and individuals build a cohesive group mind dynamic they can carry with them throughout their professional and personal lives. In this session, you will be introduced to the ways improv can impact your business performance and learn techniques to that will help increase your value to your organization and improve your working relationships.

Houston, TX

Richland College

11 AM

We piggyback a gathering of Industry Leaders from across all North Texas, from all Meetings and Events organizations to lead a discussion on the importance of our industry to our region.

Royal Oaks Country Club

Las Colinas, TX

Austin Contruction, Irving CVB, Garfield Public Private (owners) and our Hotel- Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel Las Colinas

1:30 PM

Key members of the City of Irving, along with Austin Construction, Irving CVB, ownership and the Westin Sales team will be celebrating the topping out of the hotel with clients signing the last beam that will be put in place. Followed by a reception hosted by the CVB, ownership and The Westin for clients, area sales, sales office managers and key members of the community putting items into a time capsule that will be hidden way within a wall of the hotel.

At the construction site of the hotel and Convention Center Balcony overlooking the Westin.


Plano, TX

Renaissance Plano at Legacy West Hotel


Shop Mini-Global Day of Discovery right here in our very own neighborhood where meeting planners and attendees will sip, savor, shop, and see our gems in Legacy West

6007 Legacy West, Plano, TX 75024


Henrico, VA

Richmond Region Tourism

8 AM

In celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day, Richmond Region Tourism will be honoring local community members who have helped secure meetings and sporting events hosted in the Richmond Region. Local citizens will receive the RVA Champions Award to recognize their efforts in helping Richmond Region Tourism bring more than 200 meetings, conventions and tournaments to the region annually, generating an economic impact of over $115 million every year.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228

Tysons Corner, VA

Hilton Worldwide
2 PM

Leadership Forum to educate Hilton customers and guests on the growth and strategy in regards to meetings and business travel. By invite only.

Hilton McLean, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, Tysons Corner, VA

Williamsburg, VA

Virginia MPI

11 AM 

“Connecting” is something that many MPI members do it every day, whether they are aware of it or not. They are constantly connecting with your stakeholders, members, coworkers, attendees, suppliers, family and the broader community. But are they making “Connections”? “Being a Connector” is about strengthening relationships and contributing to the success of fellow members. It has the other person’s best interest in mind. Being a connector is a simple yet powerful process that some do well and others will want to do even better. It is a process with three key pillars that have incredible benefits to all involved. Understand what “Being a Connector” is about and discover it’s 3 key pillars.

Learner Objectives:

1. Use connecting to better understand stakeholders, their interests, issues and priorities.
2. Creating value and strengthen relationships through connections you make.
3. Get closer to each other to find innovative solutions for today’s real time and ever changing event planning environments.
4. Through connecting, you will gain greater control, increased job satisfaction and enhance the meetings and events industry! 


Seattle, WA

Visit Seattle Annual Meeting
11:30 AM

Visit Seattle's Annual Meeting will review 2017 in the region and a look forward.  This year we will also be recognizing GMID and will focus on the meetings industry in our region.

Sheraton Seattle
Seattle, WA


Appleton, WI

Wisonsin MPI

12 PM

Join us for a special session with Laura Schwartz, Professional Speaker, Author of Eat, Drink & Succeed and Television Commentator. Following her presentation Laura will host an interactive panel of MPI and HSMAI members to discuss the industry trends and hot topics.

Radisson Paper Valley
Appleton, WI


The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
10 AM

Create recognition of the Global Meeting Industry Day to promote and support Face to Face meetings.

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba - L.G. Smith Boulevard #107, Aruba

Bogota, Colombia

Marriott International teaming up locally with the Global Sales Organization Colombia

9 AM

GSO support visits to accounts with snacks and coffee brake, teaming up with hotels of our various brands in Bogota.


Bogota, Colombia

W Bogota
8:30 AM

W Bogota will bring breakfast to all Panamericana agents to thank for their business.

Panamericana de Viajes Bogota

Bogota, Colombia

W Bogota
8:30 AM

W Bogota will bring breakfast to HRG agent to thank for their business

HRG Colombia - Bogota

Bogota, Colombia

Hutton Hotel
4 PM

Coffee Break @ Diventi Event Planners to thank for their business

Diventi Bogota

Bogota, Colombia

10 AM

First we will make visits to our best customers and we will carry out a detail with the logo of the event. Second, we will send a GIF on the reason for the celebration.

Bogota, Colombia

Four Points By Sheraton Bogota
10 AM

Cup Cake and appreciation speech

Buenos Aires, Argentina

GSO Argentina

5:30 PM

Workshop at Rubra Eventos office at 5.30 PM followed by a cocktail. Afterwards, GSO will invite 5 agents to assit to a music & percussion show.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

AOCA - Argentina
1 PM 

Celebrating GMID 2018 AOCA has organized a special lunch inviting more than 70 planners, suppliers, convention centers and authorities of the Tourist Ministry.

Panamericano Hotel - C. Pellegrini 525, CABA Buenos Aires

Caracas, Venezuela

Cluster Venezuela Hotels and GSA Venezuela
5:30 PM

Invite the most 60 important Meeting Planners from Caracas, to celebrate their date with a fun CIRCUS activity where they can feel as childs again.

Renaissance La Castellana Hotel, Av, Eugenio Mendoza, La Castellana, Caracas, Venezuela

Lima, Peru

GSO Perú and Marriott Hotels Perú
9 AM

GSO will support the sales calls to our Top Meeting planners accounts and MICE constumers, including Marriott Peru Cluster and Westin Hotel.

Medellin, Colombia

Marriot Medellin
9 AM

Say thanks to the most important meetings and events company in Medellin.

Medellín Marriott Hotel - Cl. 1a Sur #43a-83, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia


Medellin, Colombia

Destino Colombia SAS

Briefing, sales calls, breakfast


Palm Beach, Aruba

Aruba Marriott
7 PM 

To win over past accounts and nurture relationship with existing accounts

Ruth's Chris Steak House - L.G. Smith Blvd 101, Oranjestad, Aruba

Panama City, Panama

APPCE - Panamanian Asociation of Professional Meeting Planners and Affairs
10 AM 

We are integrating all leaders in the meetings industry at Panamá. We are also sending press releases about the impact of meetings in our local economies.

Panama Citi, Republic of Panamá

Quito, Ecuador

Conventions & Visitors Bureaus of Latin America and Caribbean - Civil Association

9 PM 

Panel: Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, Enrique Ponce de León, General Manager of Quito Turismo, Verónica Sevilla, President of the Bureau of Conventions of Quito, Luis Proaño Recalde, and President of the Latin American and Caribbean Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Miguel Harraca


Recife, Brazil

Marriott International

6 PM

It is a Marriott International event focused on MICE customers.

Sheraton reserva do Paiva hotel, Recife/PE - Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marriott Hotels in Rio de Janeiro city
5 PM

We are organize an event for the MICE segment at the Sheraton Grand Rio on behalf of all Marriott hotels in Rio de Janeiro with the partnership of the Convention Bureau of our city. We pretend celebrate our partnership of Global Meetings industry day and present the next steps for this segment in Rio.

Sheraton Grand Rio - Av. Niemeyer 121 Leblon Rio de Janeiro 22.450-220

San Pedro Sula, Honduras


Honduras como punto de encuentro para la organización de eventos se suma nuevamente a la celebración del Día Global de Reuniones. Conscientes de la necesidad de conectar a la comunidad, hoy resaltamos casos de éxito y emprendimiento mediante el esfuerzo de los actores conexos que trabajan para impulsar esta Industria sin chimenea.

Santiago, Chile

GSO Chile and MI properties in Santiago

6:30 PM

We will have an educational session including the Marriott Global Sales Office (GSO) and all the hotels in Santiago (W, Ritz, Marriot, Sheraton, Renaissance, Courtyard, Four Points by Sheraton) an then a cocktail hosted by the DOSM from Chile Market. Also a main representative from Santiago Bureau or similar association will present briefly the importance of this business for the city and our brands. (2 experiential shows will be presented)

The Ritz Carlton, Santiago – El Alcalde 15, Las Condes

São Paulo, Brazil

MPI Brazil
9 AM

After the recent years of economy retraction, the meetings and events market in Brazil gives signal that is recovering. The market is warm and full of opportunity for employment, services, and new partnerships. Technology is in the centre of this new moment and creates business opportunities, with tech adoption shifting from complicated and expensive initiatives to easy and simple tech-based solutions.
Vinicius Apoena, MPI Brazil/ESV Digital and Roberta Nonis, MPI Brazil/Evento Único hosts Brazilian meeting planners for a breakfast and think-time at Fogo de Chão Vila Olimpia.

Av. dos Bandeirantes, 538 - Vila Olimpia, São Paulo - SP, 04553-000, Brazil