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

Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress 2016 wrapped up in Atlantic City on Tuesday, having welcomed more than 2,000 participants to the Jersey Shore; that number is about 500 people fewer than the attendance at the 2015 WEC in San Francisco last summer.

Among other notable numbers from the event:

• Approximately 72 percent of the attendees were MPI members, and 44 percent were planners and 56 percent were suppliers.
• More than 200 planners attended the MPI Hosted Buyer Program, meeting with 159 suppliers; in the trade show area, called MarketSquare, 140 suppliers set up tables.
• The education schedule featured 80 sessions, most of which qualified for clock hours toward certifications.
• The new Meeting Ambassador Program, which paired first-time attendees with past participants, welcomed 282 participants.
• The MPI Foundation raised more than $300,000 through its three events: the Big Deal, Rendezvous and the Not-So-Silent Auction.
• MPI raised more than $145,000 at the President's Dinner, which will support the MPI Academy, the organization's educational arm, to provide professional growth opportunities focused on women's leadership and diversity training programs.

Next year, WEC 2017 will be held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, June 19-22.