by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 16, 2016

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition has announced that the next Global Meetings Industry Day will take place on April 6, 2017. To celebrate this arm of the hospitality industry, meetings and events leaders come together at events around the world to support the industry, highlighting the impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, businesses and communities.

"We are excited to build on the momentum from the first ever Global Meetings Industry Day," said Richard Harper, MMBC co-chair and executive vice president of HelmsBriscoe. "GMID 2016 illustrated that great things happen when people come together, and next year we will replicate that on an even larger scale."

GMID 2016, the first time the worldwide industry day was held, featured 115 events in more than 80 locations in more than 30 countries, plus participation online with more than 40 million social media impressions. MMBC reported that the governors of Maryland and Kentucky, along with the mayors of Ottawa, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta; Phoenix; Baltimore; Buffalo, N.Y; and Mobile, Ala., all signed proclamations declaring Global Meetings Industry Day in their respective locations. The Empire State Building and Niagara Falls were both lit in blue for GMID, and educational events were held in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Australia in the form of panels with industry professionals, rallies, strategic sessions and more.

MMBC's partners for GMID17 will again be the Convention Industry Council, the U.S. Travel Association, Meeting Professionals International, the Professional Convention Management Association, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, COCAL (a convention planning organization in Latin America) and other groups.

"GMID 2017 will once again harness the industry's passion and excitement around the globe," said Michael Dominguez, MMBC co-chair and senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International. "Meetings industry professionals know that advocating for our industry on the global stage helps people all over the world understand the necessity of face-to-face. We'll be looking to reach an even larger audience next year."

Several tools and resources are available to aid 2017 GMID planning, including talking points, frequently asked questions, the 2017 logo and a "how to get involved" document. To learn more, click here