April 12, 2018, is Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), a dedicated date to focus on and promote the meeting and event industry and enhance your planning skills through free or low-cost professional education.
Now’s your chance to get involved with the co-creation of this year’s fun, advocacy-backed GMID anthem!
SongDivison’s community co-created anthem for Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is released! Listen to it and read about the anthem, its intent & future.
Mark your calendars for April 16. That’s when Meetings Mean Business (MMB), a cross-industry communications and advocacy effort, will join meeting and event industry leaders for the first North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID).
The economy is slowly getting back on track. People aren’t afraid to meet anymore. This year is looking a little better than years past, so it’s time to think about making some improvements.
Virtual and hybrid meetings may have been the biggest meeting trends during this “great recession,” but their ubiquity has only reinforced the fact that some business objectives are best achieved face-to-face. The 2009 Oxford Economics Study found that for every $1 a company invests in business travel, an average of $12.50 in increased revenue and […]
We all know that face-to-face meetings bring people together, but recently, we received a powerful reminder of the unexpected ways in which they can. Richard Ross and Alex Michaels were good friends in high school. But after graduating, they lost touch and didn’t see or speak with each other again until … PYM Houston! Ross, […]
Within a week of the passage of Arizona SB 1070, a controversial immigration bill, 19 groups canceled meetings scheduled for the state, costing the local hospitality industry more than $6 million in lost revenue. But meeting and tourism industry leaders are urging meeting professionals to continue with their Arizona-based events as planned. “We call for […]
If 2009 was “the perfect storm” that disrupted the meetings industry, then Danielle Babilino insists she was the poster child for everything that could have gone wrong. “I represent the five-diamond, five-star Wynn/Encore in Las Vegas, which opened in December 2008,” explained the senior vice president of hotel sales at the 2010 Meetings Exploration Conference […]
Sometimes just doing a good job isn’t good enough. If there’s one lesson meeting planners have learned in recent years, it’s that putting together a meeting or an event can have a positive or negative impact on the client’s organization, its employees and the surrounding community. By staying focused on designing the meeting to achieve […]
During the opening session of the 2010 PCMA Convening Leaders conference, PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexton asked an interesting question. “Can your family tell us what you do?” she said. The crowd giggled nervously, but the point made was a great one. In 2009, the industry was caught flatfooted by media backlash against meetings, […]
The beginning of 2009 brought a myriad of government scrutiny for the meetings and travel industry. It began with the corporate meetings segment and restrictions the government imposed on companies receiving emergency financial assistance. Now as we near the end of the year, government agencies are supposedly restricting their own internal meetings to avoid destinations […]
A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Tim Sanders speak to a gathering of meeting professionals. “The only reason to have a meeting is to change the world,” he said. If anything, the media scrutiny of early 2009 has proved how the choices we make as meeting professionals can negatively impact […]
From our friends at Keep America Meeting: A catchy little song from TBA Global and artist NewSide, commemorating industry advocacy efforts. Check it out! (Hit “Play the Song” and wait for the magic to begin.)
Since February, US Travel has been spearheading a promotional and advocacy campaign to give a voice to the meetings industry, with the help of industry associations such as PCMA, MPI and NBTA. But there is still some frustration with its speed in addressing media and government criticisms. Enter Yes2Meetings…
What if the companies who canceled meetings due to public perception had reviewed their goals and objectives and made that part of the meeting execution, instead of canceling? Would meetings be suffering from the same perception problem that exists now?
How do you get the training needed to excel in your new or existing position? Here are a few no- to low-cost tips for putting your planning skills on the fast track.