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For a map of Granada highlighting relevant EMEC locations, please click here.


Why should I attend the European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC)?

If you want to meet and interact with leaders in the European meeting and event industry, then this conference is definitely for you! Our diverse programme over two and a half days is designed to generate new ideas, innovations and industry best practice. Held in a different European destination each year, EMEC is also a great opportunity to experience the local culture, hospitality and infrastructure available for your own meetings and events in the future. If you're not already an MPI member, sign up during the EMEC registration process and you’ll pay less to attend the conference.

Who attends EMEC?

EMEC participants are meeting and event planners and suppliers, along with students and faculty from hospitality, tourism and business schools. They are motivated industry professionals from across Europe and beyond who come together to discuss current topics, trends and best practices; learn from their peers; and network with colleagues and clients. Once again for 2017, we are inviting Hosted Buyers from across Europe to join our programme. We are also co-locating the European Chapter Business Summit (ECBS), a two-day invitation only event open to volunteer leaders from the 13 European chapters.

When does the conference begin and end?

EMEC 2017 officially begins on Sunday, 5 March with a Meet and Greet (14:30-15:30) and Opening General Session (15:30-17:00) and ends with the Closing General Session (11:45- 13:15) and Farewell Lunch (13:15 – 14:30) on Tuesday, 7 March. There are several pre and post-conference sessions being offered on Sunday and Tuesday. Please see the Programme at a Glance for more details.

What language will the event be in?

All sessions, signage and materials will be in English.

Is there a dress code for the conference?

The recommended dress code for daytime sessions is business casual and smart casual for evening events.

How do I access the programme on site?

Navigate EMEC 2017 from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet by downloading the EMEC app from your store. More details will be available in February 2017.

Where will EMEC 2017 be held?

Unless otherwise noted, all conference education, breaks and lunches will be held at Granada Congress Centre, located in the city centre at Paseo del Violón, S/N, 18006 Granada, Spain

How can I convince my boss?

Here you’ll find some information and talking points you might want to use when explaining the importance of attending WEC 2017. Are you your own boss? Then you might find here the justification you need to bring a team to EMEC here.
We’ve prepared a letter template you can download, edit and use to justify your trip or use as a conversation guide.



Travel and Lodging

What is the best way to travel to Granada?

You have two airport options to consider when booking your EMEC 2017 flights, Granada and Malaga.
Please visit the Destination & Travel page for more details.

Do I need a Passport/Visa to visit Spain?

Yes, all participants will need a passport to enter Spain. If you are an EU citizen, you must either present a passport or an ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter Spain for tourist visits for up to three months.

Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens are required to produce a visa. Please contact your travel agent or the nearest Spanish diplomatic post for further information.

For more information, visit Spanish Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation website

How do I make a hotel reservation?

Book at one of five pre-selected hotels to receive the special European Meetings & Events Conference rate, which includes Buffet Breakfast, Wi-Fi and VAT. The EMEC 2017 hotel block will be held until Wednesday, 1 February, 2017. After then, rooms will be available on a space available basis. For more details and to make your reservation, please visit the Hotels page.

Will there be shuttle service between the airport and host hotels?

Shuttle service between both airports (Granada and Malaga) and Granada city are provided by National Express ALSA and tickets can be purchased on board the bus, at ALSA sales desks, or in advance through the ALSA website. For more details, please visit the Transportation page.

EMEC 2017 Conference Registration

How do I register for EMEC 2017?

Online registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just click http://www.mpiweb.org/Events/emec-2017/home to view rates and register using our online registration system, provided by event Power. You can also download the PDF registration form and submit by e-mail.

What is included in my registration fee?
  • Full Conference fee includes: visit to the Alhambra Palaces, Welcome Reception, education sessions, and meal functions. Tickets for MPI Foundation Rendezvous, Tapas Tours and Pre/Post Tours are not included and must be purchased seperarately. Events and courses requiring advance registration and additional payment are indicated accordingly.
  • New Membership Bundles: Fee includes 12 months of MPI Preferred membership and is available for NEW MPI memberships only. Not valid for renewals. Your membership will be activated by the MPI membership team the week of your registration. You will receive a welcome email upon activation. For more information, please visit http://www.mpiweb.org/Membership/join-mpi
  • Guest Registration: All guests must register onsite at €125 and must not be in an industry-related position. Co-workers or associates in the industry do not qualify. Guests must be at least 18 years of age. Guest registration includes admission to the Opening General Session, visit to the Alhambra Palaces and Welcome Reception on Sunday.
How will I receive my name badge?

You will receive your badge when you check in at the conference registration counter at the Granada Congress Centre. Please note that you may need to show photo ID and participants can only pick up their own badge.

Can I transfer my registration at EMEC 2017 to a colleague?

Substitution of registration (same type: member/non-member) is permitted prior to Tuesday, 14 February, 2017. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant with written consent. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations associated with that substitution as well as updating any contact/demographic information. Please email substitution requests to MPI@eventPower.com.

I am a student and would like to attend EMEC 2017

At MPI, we love students! You are the future of the global meetings and events industry and EMEC is a great opportunity to learn and network with potential employers and future colleagues. Students are offered a “New Membership Bundle” which includes all the activities of the full registration plus one year student membership for €129 (note: price will increase on 13 January, 2017). In addition, each year 20 students from across Europe come to EMEC to participate in the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum, which takes place on the Sunday morning prior to the start of the conference. Participants receive complimentary registration to EMEC but are responsible to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. For more information and to apply, check out the Future Leaders Forum page on the MPI website.


Where can I find out what education sessions are being offered at EMEC 2017?

Visit the Programme at a Glance for more details.

Do I have to pre-register for education sessions?

Some pre-conference sessions and some limited seating sessions require pre-registration.

This will be noted in the title of the session. All other sessions are available to registered EMEC participants on a first come, first served basis. While it is possible to add a session to your schedule via the website or mobile app, this tool is meant for planning purposes only and is not a form of registration and you will not be guaranteed a seat in a session. We recommend that you arrive at the designated meeting room at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session to avoid disappointment. You may also wish to note an alternative session you wish to attend during a particular time slot in case your first choice is not available. Please note that session rooms are set to help foster a creative learning environment and include the maximum number of seats allowed per the local Fire Marshal.

Why does my name badge need to be scanned prior to entering a session?

We scan all participants entering EMEC sessions for multiple reasons. We record how many participants attend each session to assist with planning our educational content for the future. And, we scan to provide participants with their list of sessions attended as well as the clock hours needed for professional designations, such as the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). If you are an MPI member, the clock hours will be added to your transcript within six weeks of the conference. Please review and verify that your contact hours are correct by going to mpiweb.org and logging into your profile.

What is the maximum number of clock hours I can receive at EMEC 2017?

Most of the sessions at EMEC 2017 will provide contact hours towards your CMP application or re-certification. MPI is working with the Convention Industry Council (CIC) to ensure the most up-to-date and accurate information about which sessions are eligible according to the CIC International Standards is available to participants. All sessions that are eligible for contact hours will be noted on the website and mobile app.

What is EMEC for Me?

Whether you are new to MPI, a first-time EMEC attendee or a veteran of many years, think of this session as “must attend” if you’re eager to get the most out of your time at the event. The educational and networking components are on everyone’s mind and in this session you can start your return on investment. We are hosting this session to help you maximize the value of attending EMEC 2017. It’s your opportunity to familiarize yourself with the innovative ways you can learn at the event and network with your colleagues in the industry, both inside and outside of the classroom. The presenter will walk you through this year’s offerings that will help you to choose the best content for you.

I am a speaker and would like to present a session at EMEC 2017

We have closed our Call for Presentation Proposals for EMEC 2017. However, please feel free to reach out to our Speaker Management Team by email if you are interested in speaking and we can ensure you will be notified about future speaking opportunities.


Access #EMEC17 on your mobile device by downloading the EMEC 2017 event app at the Apple App or Google Play stores. Once downloaded, enter the email you used to register with the password emec17. We recommend using Wi-Fi and disabling roaming functions to avoid data charges.

The EMEC 2017 event app will help you:

  • View the daily programme and bookmark activities
  • Connect with other participants, share event photos and ideas
  • Learn more about sponsors, speakers, and educational sessions
  • Submit session evaluations
  • Tweet using the #EMEC17 hashtag
  • View Hosted Buyer appointment schedules, and more

If you have trouble with your password, contact Hector Olguin at holguin@mpiweb.org. For additional issues you can email attendeesupport@doubledutch.me.

Contact Us

I have a question about Event Registration
Please email our EMEC Registration Team

I have a question about the Education Programme
Please email our Speaker Management Team

I have a question about the Hosted Buyer Programme
Please email our Hosted Buyer Team

I have a question about Partnerships and Sponsorships
Please email Shalynn Robinson or call +1 972 702 3083

I have a question about the European Chapter Business Summit (ECBS)
Please email Federico Toja or call +33 6102 45 377

I have a question about MPI Membership
Please email the Membership Team or call +1-866-318-2743 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-972-702-3053