March 21, 2018
Grapevine, Texas, has been selected as the site of Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress in 2020. MPI will collaborate with the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the conference, which is scheduled for June 6-9, 2020, at the 1,811-room Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center

Not only is Grapevine centrally located between Fort Worth and Dallas, where MPI is headquartered, but it is also the home of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the third largest airport in the world.

WEC, MPI's signature event, attracts more than 2,000 attendees annually, including corporate, third-party and association planners, as well as suppliers, students and industry staff. 

"We are elated to partner with the Grapevine CVB to bring WEC to Grapevine in 2020," said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. "This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the unique venues and charm of North Texas, which I have had the pleasure of enjoying since relocating here when I joined MPI almost five years ago." 

The Gaylord Texan, that sits on four-and-a-half acres on Lake Grapevine, has 1,511 guest rooms. The resort is about to get even larger as it unveils its new, $120 million Vineyard Tower this summer that includes 303 guest rooms and 86,000 square feet of meeting space, bringing its total meeting space to approximately 490,000 square feet. 

"With the Gaylord Texan, we will be able to host and house the majority of our attendees under one roof, and they will also have easy travel access with the nearby Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport," added Van Deventer.

The Gaylord is only one of Grapevine's 20 hotels that altogether offer more than 5,400 guest rooms. The city's historic downtown has a number of shops, eateries, and art galleries, and an urban wine and craft-brew trail that visitors can enjoy. Its three public golf courses include the Cowboys Golf Club, the world's only NFL-themed golf course. 

A $105 million public/private transit-development project, Grapevine Main, is under way in the city. Located at the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road in Historic Downtown Grapevine, the project will encompass a five-story train station with architecture reminiscent of 19th-century rail stations as well as the 121-room Vin Hotel, a Marriott Collection Autograph Hotel. The $105 million project will also include meeting rooms, a ballroom and a 38,000-square-foot outdoor plaza for special events for up to 3,500 guests. 

"Grapevine has an international reputation as a top meetings destination and we look forward to welcoming MPI's members for the 2020 World Education Congress," said Brady Closson, managing director of sales and marketing for Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

The year 2020 will mark the second time MPI's WEC has been held in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2006, the Dallas Convention Center (since renamed the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center) hosted the event.

"There is a bit of comfort knowing we will be hosting WEC in our own backyard," said Van Deventer. "Plus, we have strong local support from the MPI Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter."

This year's WEC will be held June 2-5 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. To learn more or register for WEC18, visit www.mpiweb.org/wec-2018.