Just because you are doing the hard work of staying back at the office, making meetings happen doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of Global Meeting Industry Day going on around the world. Bookmark this page and return throughout the day as we share highlights from rallies, panel discussions and proclamations from coast to coast.
Are you with a group of like-minded eventprofs celebrating the economic, scientific and cultural impact of what you do? Share it with us by tagging #MeetSmart. Let’s tell the world our story together.
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Speaking of power players, here’s another for you—Mike Dominguez from MGM Resorts had some thoughts about GMID:
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Thanks to MPI’s Potomac chapter for sending us these shots of their GMID pride:
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Read more about the San Francisco GMID event, where our #SmartTeam deployed:
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Look who Content Chief JT Long found among the celebrations in Las Vegas! These power players were out to double-down on what the meetings industry’s impact has been for their organizations.
Chris Brown from the National Association of Broadcasters:
Javier Cano from the JW Marriott LA Live Downtown:
Mike Massari from Caesars Entertainment:
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— SmartMeetings (@SmartMeetings) April 5, 2019
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— Julie Davis (@emprheels) April 4, 2019
— SER exposition services (@serexpo) April 5, 2019
Some folks are already starting to reflect on the day, depending on their timezone:
Today was inspiring! This morning, leaders from #ThePalmBeaches @PalmBeachesFL #meetings industry came together to support Global Meetings Industry Day #GMID19 at the @PBConventionCenter. Learn about its impact, here: https://t.co/lK7yV8aKxY https://t.co/osCXSSvuQt
— Ashley Svarney (@ashleysvarney) April 5, 2019
What a privilege it was to gather with leaders from across the industry on @MPIGNY and @NYPCMA’s joint #GMID19 event. Vancouver believes in the power of face to face meetings! #MeetVancouver pic.twitter.com/716aUEuODf
— Vancouver CVB (@MeetVancouver) April 5, 2019
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It may be after 5 p.m., but the fun doesn’t stop!
— SmartMeetings (@SmartMeetings) April 5, 2019
— White Tie Productions (@WhiteTieLive) April 5, 2019
— San Antonio Meetings (@MeetinSA) April 5, 2019
— Christina A (@OttawaChristina) April 5, 2019
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Vancouver Film Commissioner David Shepheard has a special message for this star-studded day:
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Content Chief JT Long found Paul Mears III, president at Hello! Destination Management, and Tony Lorenz, CEO at PRA Destination Management!
GMID also took hold of the Rose Bowl in sunny Southern California:
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The Smart Meetings team has arrived to our home GMID revelry in San Francisco!
— SmartMeetings (@SmartMeetings) April 4, 2019
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See how these GMID celebrations by CVBs around the world are doubling down on efficiency of meetings and the incredible ROI of the meetings industry:
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What hotels and destinations have you seen celebrating GMID? We found some awesome properties and locations showing off their meetings industry pride:
— Sheraton Grand Seattle (@SheratonSeattle) April 4, 2019
— Barceló Maya Grand R (@BarceloMayaGR) April 4, 2019
— Meet Huntsville (@MeetHuntsville) April 4, 2019
PHLCVB President & CEO and @MeetingsMeanBiz co-chair Julie Coker Graham moderates a #GMID19 panel at @PAConvention that discusses human trafficking in the hospitality industry. Panelists include representatives from the @FBI, @CovenantHousePA, @ECPATUSA, and @HiltonHotels. #GMID pic.twitter.com/9JJxGWjW11
— Philadelphia CVB (@meetPHL) April 4, 2019
— Katie Dolan (@OttawaKD) April 4, 2019
— Jennifer Spear (@workunscripted) April 4, 2019
The GMCVB celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day #GMID19 alongside @HyattMiami and @Site_Florida. Generating millions in economic impact, #MeetingsMeanBusiness for @MiamiDadeCounty. Now with a newly reimagined @TheMiamiBeachCC – the future is even brighter #whatsonsite #miami pic.twitter.com/kDjedsghJK
— Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (@GreaterMiamiCVB) April 4, 2019
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Events all over the world are going strong for GMID:
— MeetingsMeanBiz (@meetingsmeanbiz) April 4, 2019
Ashley and Steve are celebrating #GMID19 by welcoming 4,000 attendees to a tech conference @WynnLasVegas More good stuff is coming in January when 500,000 of indoor-outdoor space opens. #meetingprofs #meetsmart pic.twitter.com/nJ042O8rHa
— JT Long (@SmartMtgsJT) April 4, 2019
— Map Your Show (MYS) (@MapYourShow) April 4, 2019
— ABEOC Brasil (@abeocbrasil) April 4, 2019
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If you’re seeing blue today, it’s because blue is the official color of Global Meetings Industry Day. See what NYC & Company lit up in the color to celebrate GMID:
Toronto’s in on the fun too! Have you seen other cities go up in blue? Show us using the hashtag #MeetSmart!
Today the Meetings & Events industry is engaging in an international Day of #advocacy! To celebrate and bring attention to our industry the Toronto sign turns blue to celebrate #GMID19 https://t.co/Tz5sVuaddo #eventprofs #meetingprofs #MeetInToronto pic.twitter.com/lQA3syooXg
— Business Events Toronto (@MeetInToronto) April 4, 2019
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Today is the day! The 2019 Global Meetings Industry Day is off to a great start on social media! The day is all about celebrating leaders from across the meetings and events industry, showcasing the positive impact that business meetings, trade shows and conventions have on the global economy and communities all over the world.
With more than 200 events in countries across the globe, events are all set with great décor, room full of meetings professionals, food and drink and a stellar line up of panels to discuss important industry trends.
GMID Ottawa kickstarted their day with speaker Drew Holmgreen, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Meeting Professionals International. He talked about live events and face-to-face interactions. He will also be conducting a workshop where he will discuss how to utilize multi-channel promotional strategies, tactics and tools. In Toronto, a panel discussion on cannabis and the meetings industry is underway focusing on its impacts, risks and opportunities. Edmonton’s GMID is dazzling in blue décor and floral table centerpieces. Keynote speaker, Hugh Culver, discussed regarding how to “Think. Plan. Act.” to make 2019 the best year yet!
On Capitol Hill, professionals are all set to meet with house representatives to discuss various issues that impact the meetings and events industry.
In Nashville, Cheryl Brehm shared statistics and reg flags to look for with regards to slavery around the world. They also had other speakers talk about establishing an e-presence, the importance of giving back to the community and self-care.
In Orlando, speaker and author, Brant Menswar addressed the crowd about establishing core beliefs and living them, followed by a performance as well. Attendees also received white chocolate-covered Oreos. —Fathima Mohaideen, Smart Meetings Editor
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Have you ever really dived into the numbers behind the meetings industry? These celebrators are using #GMID19 as a way to educate those who may not know the hard data behind meetings and events:
— LEO Events (@LEOEvents) April 4, 2019
The importance of the meetings and events industry is clear!
— Experient (@experient_inc) April 4, 2019
In recognition of Global Meetings Industry Day, our Chief Sales Officer, Mark Sergot, shares why meetings are important for successful & innovative business.
Follow along today as we celebrate #GMID19 around the globe! https://t.co/Nv4ovkDzGc @meetingsmeanbiz #worthmeetingabout pic.twitter.com/mHdn0LgxQ7
— ALHI (@ALHI_GSO) April 4, 2019
If you're wondering why @TourCNTower and @MTCC_Events are lit blue tonight, it's because we're celebrating #GMID19 – recognizing the profound economic impact of business meetings and events. The #TorontoED hosted a record- breaking 2018, generating a whopping $565 million. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/6DsywKFFz1
— Entertainment District TO (@Toronto_ED) April 4, 2019
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#GMID19 is industry-wide for a reason—all factors of meetings and events are included in the economic impact! Check out these vendors diving into GMID celebrations:
We’re really excited about Global Meetings Industry Day presented by Meetings Mean Business, an industry-wide coalition. We along with others in the events space, celebrate the power of face-to-face and how it brings about economic growth and social change. #GMID19 pic.twitter.com/O0Z9cxH9WQ
— pc/nametag (@pcnametag) April 4, 2019
When we come together for a common purpose, extraordinary things happen. We create, collaborate, educate, and innovate. United as one, we can change the world. Happy Global Meetings Industry Day! #GMID19 #PSAV pic.twitter.com/1obkuKBbsd
— PSAV (@PSAV) April 4, 2019
We’re proud to participate in #GMID19 to spotlight the impact that #meetings and #events have all over the world. @MeetingsMeanBiz #GlobalReachLocalExperts #MeetingsIndustry #EventPlanners #EventPros #MeetingPlanners pic.twitter.com/ZO8D08gwwK
— HostsGlobal (@HostsGlobal) April 4, 2019
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Happy GMID from Smart Meetings!
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Content Chief JT Long is celebrating #GMID19 in Las Vegas, where she asked John Schreiber, vice president of business sales at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, what GMID means for the Silver City:
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When “global” is in the name, it’s not just for show! These international industry organizations and destinations are making their celebrations known.
Celebrating #GMID19 in Italy 🇮🇹with @CBNapoli & @manageritalia & TOP professionals @filippo_poletti @enricopedretti @mirkosaini speaking about "DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEAN BUSINESS" – Let's #MeetinNaples #eventprofs #MeetingsMeansBiZ #MPI pic.twitter.com/EWX9DAM29y
— Giovanna Lucherini (@lucherinig) April 4, 2019
— LatinamericaMeetings (@meetlam_) April 4, 2019
— Centro de Eventos Valle del Pacífico (@cevallepacifico) April 4, 2019
— Meetings Calgary (@MeetingsCalgary) April 4, 2019
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Are you ready for GMID? Here are two stories to get your day started about the importance of Global Meetings Industry Day:
Don’t forget to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #GMID19 and #MeetSmart!