by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 11, 2018
As the meetings industry prepares to celebrate itself tomorrow for Global Meetings Industry Day, aiming to remind the world of the positive impact of face-to-face gatherings, New York City will glow blue tonight, April 11. 
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York's glass-enclosed 15-story Crystal Palace, which is available to event managers seeking a customized lighting sequence, will turn blue for GMID. The new Pier 17 -- a four-story mall opening this summer in the Seaport District with several dining options and an iPic theater -- also will participate. The Empire State Building, One Bryant Park, 4 Times Square and One World Trade Center will sport blue lights, as well.
On Thursday, Global Meetings Industry Day itself, more than 2,100 LinkNYC screens citywide will rotate displays of NYC & Co.'s "Make it NYC" meetings slogan, along with MMBC and GMID logos, and in the afternoon, Vornado Realty Trust's Times Square billboard on the New York Marriott Marquis will display the same signs.
"The third annual lighting of the skyline in blue on GMID eve is a unique tribute to the power of meetings," said Jerry Cito, senior vice president of convention development for NYC & Co., the city's convention and visitors bureau. "As both a founder of and current executive team member of MMBC, and the SVP of Convention Development here, I couldn't be prouder to sell NYC in this exciting time of development. With the opening of the Cornell Tech campus, the ongoing expansion of the Javits Center and numerous boutique meeting spaces emerging throughout the City, there will be added capacity for meetings delegates in 2018 and beyond. Ultimately, this will bolster spending across the five boroughs."
More than 100 events celebrating GMID will take place around the world tomorrow, including NYC & Co.'s Tristate Meeting Planner event at the NFL Experience Times Square. The following is just a sampling of what's in store (all times are local).
MPI Chicago Area Chapter's Industry Xchange 2018 will begin at 4 p.m. at the city's new Wintrust Arena, in collaboration with the Association Forum, the Catering Executives Club of America, EDPA Midwest, IAEE Midwestern Chapter, ILEA Chicago Chapter, PCMA's Greater Midwest Chapter and SITE Chicago. 
• The Meetings Industry Council of Colorado will hold a celebration starting at 1 p.m. at the Colorado State Capitol for a talk with an elected official followed by a tour of the renovated Capitol and a reception at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.
• In Washington, D.C., the PCMA Capital and MPI-Potomac chapters will converge for an afternoon of education, networking and advocacy [], beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt.
• A Bowling, Trivia Night and Global Meetings Industry Day Celebration takes place in Scottsdale, Ariz., hosted by the MPI Arizona Sunbelt Chapter beginning at 6 p.m. at BowlMor Scottsdale.
Cvent's Regional Leadership Summit will be held at the W Hotel in Los Angeles starting at 8 a.m., a gathering of industry leaders, practitioners and experts to discuss key trends  shaping the industry.
• A conglomeration of industry organizations (PCMA Southeast, IAEE Southeast, MPI Georgia, GSAE, SITE and SPIN) will get together at Live! at the Battery Atlanta for GMID Spring Training at 3:30 p.m. The interactive event will explore the latest technology and industry trends.
• SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter, Sustainable Events Network Florida & Caribbean, SKAL, Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, International Live Events Association, HSMAI South Florida will hold a session on "Blockchain Disruption in Travel" at 3:30 p.m. at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach.
• "The Value of Events in the Marketing Mix" is the topic being discussed in Leusden, the Netherlands, at 2:15 p.m., sponsored by the MPI the Netherlands Chapter and hosted by AFAS Software, one of the largest Dutch Software companies.
Positive Impact Events in Manchester, England, is hosting a webcast at 4 p.m. on how collaboration can build a more powerful and sustainable event industry.
• In Warsaw, Poland, the faculty of Tourism and Recreation at University of Physical Education is hosting Student Event Day, providing a series of brief lectures about the meetings industry, beginning at 10 a.m.