Each year, Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the meetings, incentive and events industry showcasing the impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions and incentive travel have on people, business and communities. Led by the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC), GMID brings together industry advocates across six continents and more than 40 countries to celebrate the industry’s business value and its $2.65 trillion in global economic impact.
“This year, we’re seeing outside participation at record levels – through GMID proclamations, events and statements of support. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the outpouring of stats and stories shared online, in the media and among third-party validators and supporters,” says Trina Camacho-London, vice president of global group sales at Hyatt Hotels Corporation and MMBC co-chair.
A full list of GMID events is available here.
"SITE is proud to participate with other MICE & Business Events associations in this increasingly global celebration of the power and value of live meetings, exhibitions and events and incentive travel experiences. SITE is the "I" in MICE, the only association dedicated exclusively to incentive travel professionals. Incentive travel is a powerful performance improvement tool that brings immense value to corporations and the individuals they reward with transformational travel experiences. GMID is a great opportunity to highlight and recognize the value that we bring to our industry, the business world and, indeed, society at large,” says Philip Eidsvold, CIS, CITP, SITE President & VP Strategic Alliances One10.
SITE Chapters from all over the globe flew the GMID 2019 flag.
SITE Turkey, in conjunction with MPI Turkey Club, was all about women’s empowerment with a panel discussion held at the Istanbul Convention Center. Moderator Cantekin Temizer, senior lecturer at international hospitality school Vatel Turkey, led the lively discussion with Hasan Dinc, SITE Turkey and Handan Boyce, MPI Turkey, among others.
Together with Marriott Hotels, SITE Costa Rica (below) hosted an educational and networking brunch with four topics: The Magic of Audiovisuals: Connecting Concepts Through Technology; Meeting our Personal Well-Being: Meditation, Work-Life Harmony, and Breathing Techniques with wellness coach Johanna Ortíz; Upcoming Promotional Strategies for the MICE Industry in 2019-2020, with Tatiana Orozco, International Trade Show Executive, Costa Rican Tourism Board; Educational Panel: Strategic Meetings with moderator Mauricio Arévalo, CIS: President of Costa Rica DMC, President of SITE Central America Chapter with panelists Irene Dobles, CMP, Executive Director of ID Meetings Costa Rica and Roberto Oreamuno, Director of Global Events Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala.
MPI Italia Chapter along with SITE Italy and Federcongressi&Eventi held a training and networking day with keynote speaker Olga Baratto, project manager for MARKETERs Academy on the subject of “Communication for Events” with a cocktail and networking event following a toast to MICE Italy!
Marriott International teamed up with SITE South Africa and SITE Southern Africa hosting simultaneous FLAMINGLE Brunches in Cape Town and Johannesburg with guest speakers Adriaan Fourie from Wesgro in Cape Town and Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, SA Tourism's Chief Conventions Bureau Officer in Johannesburg.
In the United States, the SITE Texas Chapter brought together 12 Texas meeting and events industry associations to advocate for the industry at venue Fair Market in Austin. An expert panel with Steven Stout, Executive Director Texas Society of Association Executives; Mario J. Bass, Vice President of Sales & Experience, Visit San Antonio; Kim Hanks, CEO and Co-founder, Whim Hospitality; Richard Harper, Executive Vice President, HelmsBriscoe; Tom Noonan, President & CEO, Visit Austin had a lively discussion on the industry. The day ended with The Ascots Piano Trio wowing the crowd.
The SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter (below) in conjunction with PCMA Southeast Chapter, Visit Orlando and MPI Orlando, among other sponsors, hosted “Meeting in the Round” a full day of education at Guidewell Innovation Theater which included Keynote speaker Brant Menswar, CEO and founder of Rock Star Impact, a boutique agency, who spoke on “Becoming Unbreakable: The Power of Purpose.“
Senior Director of Research at Visit Orlando, Daryl Cronk, spoke on the State of Tourism and Jane Scaletta, DMCP, CIS, spoke on “A Roadmap to Sustainability.” Brent Baldasare, Co-Founder and Wellness Director, at Affinity Med Spa Wellness Center spoke on “Foods to Fix Your Metabolism. Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good!”
In Miami, SITE Florida & Caribbean held their GMID 2019 event in conjunction with several other associations including NACE, HSMAI and ILEA, among others, while benefitting ECPAT. Held at the Hyatt Regency Miami, the panel discussion, “The Future of Event Tech: A Mix of Realities” featured speakers Melissa Doval, the CEO of Kairos, which provides state-of-the-art, ethical, facial recognition technology to developers and businesses worldwide and Luis Miguel Henao who, in 2013 formed La Colemba, a company dedicated to the growth of visual effects, augmented reality and virtual reality.
The SITE Southern California Chapter (SoCal) hosted their celebration with by MPISCC, PCMA Southwest & Pacific, & ILEA LA at the Rose Bowl to celebrate the importance of the industry's contribution to the local economy and community. The day’s agenda included “Masters Series: Data Driven Event Design” with education sponsored by San Diego State University. The event was followed by a cocktail reception at the Rose Bowl Stadium Field and a “Wait-Out-the-Traffic” after party at Brookside Restaurant.
At the Alhambra Palace Restaurant, with MPI Chicago Area Chapter (MPI-CAC), the Chicago SITE Chapter, ILEA, PCMA, GMC, IAEE, NACE, CEC, EDPA and Association Forum hosted an Industry Xchange (IX), an afternoon education program with topics: Crisis Communication in the Age of Social Media; Human Trafficking In Our Backyard: A Conversation; and The Economic Impact of Meetings and Events. This was followed by a moderated discussion, Q&A with the audience and networking.
The Atlanta SITE Southeast Chapter, with PCMA Southeast, IAEE SE, GSAE, and MPI Georgia gathered for an afternoon of socializing, collaborating, and celebrating at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center.
MPI Greater New York, along with SITE Northeast and PCMA New York held a GMID Corporate Social Responsibility Event entitled “Our Industry’s Role in Addressing and Acting Against Human Trafficking” with an overview presented by Executive Director of ECPAT followed by a panel of the industry’s corporate leaders sharing stories of how they got involved, what their associates are doing, and how others can join the effort. They also heard from a survivor.