Happy Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)! Today, April 6, marks the second annual GMID, led by the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business. From Asia to Africa to North America and Europe, more than 175 industry organizations and chapters have united to celebrate how awesome and impactful face-to-face meetings are. The types of events held include educational and networking events, panels with industry professionals, roundtables, rallies and strategic sessions.

The purpose of GMID is for meetings and events industry professionals to demonstrate and celebrate the significant impact that meetings have on local economies and communities.  Last year was the inaugural year of GMID, and its events were remarkable. It featured more than 115 events in more than 30 countries, spanning five continents.

Today has been even bigger and better. Thousands of industry professionals engaged in activities and opened up conversations about the importance of in-person meetings. Here are some ways that planners from all over the globe participated!


Other notable GMID events

Asturias, Spain: Networking sessions and educational programs took place throughout the region’s four main cities (Oviedo, Gijón, Avilés).

Atlantic City: Panel and educational sessions on the importance of in-person meetings. Our very own Dan Johnson, chief copy editor, was on the scene!

Austin: Two informative panels that will focusing on economic impact and safety and security of the meetings industry.

Cologne, Germany: Planners engaged in practice cases.

Helsinki, Finland: Four high-level politicians, representing different parties and geographical regions, met with the industry for a panel discussion.

Las Vegas: Rotating meetings scenarios on the High Roller Observation Wheel.

Lusaka, Zambia: Sustainable meetings and events forum.

New York City: The Empire State Building was lit in shades of blue, along with other shows of support throughout the city, including a large-scale ad in Times Square.

Panama City, Panama: Press conference with elected officials.

Penang, Malaysia: Proclamation from the Chief Minister.

San Francisco: Networking reception for hospitality associations at AT&T Park.

Tokyo, Japan: Professionals celebrated GMID for the first time in Japan.

Toronto, Canada: New meeting professionals’ question-and-answer session.

Wellington, New Zealand: Breakfast celebration of women in the meetings industry.