Why should I attend the European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC)? Who attends 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.
When does the conference begin and end?
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.
What language will the event be in?
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.
Is there a dress code for the conference?
All sessions, signage and materials will be in English.
How do I access the programme on site?
The recommended dress code for daytime sessions is business casual and smart casual for
Where will EMEC 2017 be held?
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.
How can I convince my boss?
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
Travel and Lodging What is the best way to travel to Granada?
Do I need a Passport/Visa to visit Spain?
You have two airport options to consider when booking your EMEC 2017 flights, Granada
Please visit the Destination & Travel page for more details.
How do I make a hotel reservation?
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
For more information, visit Spanish Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Will there be shuttle service between the airport and host hotels?
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
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
EMEC 2017 Conference Registration How do I register for EMEC 2017?
What is included in my registration fee?
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.
How will I receive my name badge?
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
Can I transfer my registration at EMEC 2017 to a colleague?
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.
I am a student and would like to attend EMEC 2017
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
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.
Education Where can I find out what education sessions are being offered at EMEC 2017? Do I have to pre-register for education sessions?
Why does my name badge need to be scanned prior to entering a session?
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.
What is the maximum number of clock hours I can receive at EMEC 2017?
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 EMEC for Me?
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.
I am a speaker and would like to present a session at EMEC 2017
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional issues you can email email@example.com.
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)