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Meeting Professionals International’s 2016 World Education Congress (#WEC16) took place at Harrah’s beautiful new Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 11-14. WEC is the association’s premier annual gathering, drawing planners and suppliers from around the world.

The 2016 event was a resounding success for education and networking opportunities, and drew planners’ attention to an appealing coastline destination that is in the process of reinventing itself.

Sonya Thorpe Cobb, manager of communications for MPI, provides the following wrap up.

MPI #WEC16 By the Numbers

2,000              Number of registered attendees, which is on par with WEC 2014 in Minneapolis

72                    Percentage of attendees who were MPI members

44                    Percentage of attendees that were planners

140                  Number of suppliers represented in MarketSquare, where planners could network and conduct informal meetings

80                    Number of educational sessions delivered by industry experts

$300,000       Amount the MPI Foundation raised via high profile and well-attended events like The Big Deal, Rendezvous and the Not-So-Silent Auction. The money will be used for scholarships and grants for planners to attend #WEC17, which will take place in Las Vegas.

$145,000       Funds raised at the President’s Dinner, which will support the MPI Academy in providing professional growth opportunities focused on women’s leadership and diversity training programs.

For more pics from #WEC16, view the Twitter feed of Smart Meetings Senior Content Producer Susan Jacobs at @SmartMtgsSusanJ.