by Sarah JF Braley | April 06, 2018
Global Meetings Industry Day takes place next Thursday, April 12, during which gatherings will take place around the world to educate the general public about the importance of face-to-face meetings to communities large and small. To find a local event near you, visit the Meetings Mean Business Coalition's calendar of events. Following is a sampling of related happenings (all times listed are local).
• Meeting Professionals International and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition will host a live stream of GMID, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT. 
• The GMID Hospitality Grand Slam, hosted by PCMA, MPI, SITE and other industry organizations, starts at 5 p.m. at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
• In New York, the city's convention and visitor bureau, NYC & Co., is hosting a networking reception with top NYC partners and local meeting planners at one of the city's newest attractions, the NFL Experience, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
• The Huntsville/Madison County (Alabama) Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting a Tweetchat at 2 p.m. about the economic value meetings bring to the area.
MPI South Florida's 4th Annual GMID Program, "Industry Straight Talk" will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina in Ft. Lauderdale, and will feature Shawna Suckow of the Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) and MPI's COO Darren Temple.
• A panel of four local industry leaders will discuss relevant topics at Bloomington, Indiana's First Annual GMID, at the Monroe Convention Center. The event, beginning at 5 p.m., also will feature a cocktail hour.
• In Hong Kong at 2 p.m., Marriott will celebrate GMID with Hong Kong Travel Trade Hong Kong, updating the travel trade about the latest in the MICE market featuring 2 new hotels, the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott and St Regis Hong Kong. The gathering will take place at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong.
• At Pawa254, an artspace in Nairobi, Kenya, meetings industry professionals will gather at 6 p.m. to discuss the pros and cons that technological advancements have had in the way business is conducted.
• The GMID18 Salon in Denmark, held by the MPI Denmark Chapter, will begin at 10 a.m., with new topics introduced every hour until 6 p.m. When the Salon closes, MPI Denmark continues with its general assembly, "which is expected to be highly boring, and in Danish, but you are welcome to attend," quip the event's organizers.
• The Meetings Mean Business Lunch Forum takes place at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, Australia, at 12:30 p.m.
• The MPI Greater Calgary Chapter's "Global Industry. Local Impact" begins at 3 p.m. at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Alberta.
• Beginning at 12:30 p.m., a Recognition Lunch for Meeting Planners will take place at the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center in Argentina. A Street-food lunch will be served.