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Global Meetings Industry Day


Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is first and most importantly an educational event. This MPI initiative has three objectives:

  • to define and shape the meetings and events profession in the future;
  • to help raise the profile of the industry and the benefits it generates for communities and institutions across Canada;
  • to discuss the economic impact of meetings in their region with people who are outside of the industry

On April 6, 2017, leaders from across the meetings and events industry came together to support the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). This initiative was initially created here in Canada in 1997 and was observed by a handful of Canadian MPI chapters.  Although the MPI Canadian Council at the time implemented a specific date for each chapter to recognize a meetings industry day, recognition was actually taking place in the Canadian chapters across Canada, on or about the same month, just on different days. The MPI Edmonton chapter was one of the chapters that started with the idea of recognizing a specific day because they had approached the mayor’s office for recognition of meeting professionals in Edmonton, and were given a certificate of proclamation from the city of Edmonton for their efforts. Today, all of our Canadian chapters – from Vancouver to Halifax – join together to celebrate this day nationwide.  From its humble beginnings, the event has evolved to provide the meetings industry in Canada a unified voice to speak out to the broader business community and the country at large.

In 2016, Meetings Mean Business partners hosted over 100 events in more than 30 countries on April 14 in all corners of the globe to showcase the real power of meetings, events, conventions, exhibitions and more. Industry organizations and groups organized advocacy events and rallies, helped elected officials issue proclamations and championed the value of the meetings industry on social media. In fact, the #GMID18 hashtag received almost30 million impressions and was used in almost 2,000 tweets on April 14th alone.


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