Meetings planners converge to share their experiences

April 11th, 2024, marks the annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) where meeting professionals all over the world will be able to share and learn from each other about the importance of the meetings industry on a global scale.

Smart Meetings chatted with Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, to explore the importance of explaining the role of meeting professionals to a wide audience. “Travel is essential to the success of the U.S. economy, but it also plays a critical role in convening people to solve challenges, boost business and advance important ideas. There is simply no substitute for the power of in-person, face-to-face meetings and event travel—which generated nearly $120 billion in spending last year—and the value that results across practically every industry sector when people come together.”

Learn More: GMID Looks Forward to Stronger Meeting Future

Freeman continues, “It’s not hard to imagine the many advancements that occur in fields such as healthcare, science, finance, manufacturing, defense and many others when people convene. Relationships are built that help people succeed and thrive in their respective fields. The common thread is that the travel industry brought them all together. That’s a story we can never tell enough.”

Below are scheduled events happening with MPI, PCMA and SITE in North America and Canada.


Oregon Education Summit Global Meetings Industry Day – Oregon Chapter

Global Meetings Industry Day – Celebrate San Diego – San Diego Chapter

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2024 – Arizona Sunbelt Chapter

Global Meetings Industry Day – Dallas / Forth Worth Chapter

GMID Global Meetings Industry Day – Houston Area Watch Party

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) – New Mexico Chapter

Global Meetings Industry Day – Virtual – Heartland Chapter

Global Meetings Industry Day GMID – Michigan Chapter

2024 Global Meetings Industry Day – Ohio Chapter

Global Meetings Industry Day 2024 – St. Louis Chapter

Global Industry Day GMID 2024– Carolinas Chapter

Global Meeting Industry Day – Georgia Chapter

MPI Orlando GMID Event – Greater Orlando Chapter

Global Meeting Industry Day – Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter

GMID MPI South Florida April Education Event – South Florida Chapter

Global Meetings Industry 2024 – Virginia Chapter

Inclusion Reimagined: Global Meetings Industry Day Education Event – Greater New York

Global Meetings Industry Day in Philadelphia – Philadelphia Chapter

GMID 2024: Elevating Your Career in the Digital AI Era – Pittsburgh Chapter

MPIUNY Annual Gala – Upstate New York Chapter

GMID – Mastering the Game: Unveiling the Tactics of Sport Tourism. – British Columbia Chapter

GMID – OneTalks 2024 – Greater Calgary Club

Global Meetings Industry Day 2024 – Greater Edmonton Chapter

Global Meetings Industry Day  2024 – Ottawa Chapter

GMID (Cross Association) Tackling Industry in a Hybrid World – Toronto Chapter

PCMA Chapter Events

East Coast Member: 2024 Global Meetings Industry Day with MPI Atlantic Canada – Canada East Chapter

GMID: Tackling Events in a Hybrid World – Canada East Chapter

2024 Global Meeting Industry Day – Canada East Chapter

GMID 2024 – Southeast Chapter

Global Meeting Industry Day – Greater Philadelphia Chapter

April GMID Panel – New England Chapter

Global Meeting Industry Day – Pillar Award

SITE Events

SITE Chicago @MPI Xchange

Worth Noting

The Amelia Island Convention Center & Visitors Bureau (Amelia Island CVB) is partnering with Nassau Animal County Services for three Paw-sitive Impact Unleashed celebrations where tourism and hospitality workers will be treated to ice cream and dogs who are up for adoption. The event is aimed to show how local non-profits and meeting planners can work together to build Corporate Social Reasonability.

Learn more about #GMID2024 and access the U.S. Travel Association toolkit here. Meetings Matter.