Just because you are doing the hard work of staying back at the office, making meetings happen doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of Global Meeting Industry Day going on around the world. Bookmark this page and return throughout the day as we share highlights from rallies, panel discussions and proclamations from coast to coast.

Are you with a group of like-minded eventprofs celebrating the economic, scientific and cultural impact of what you do? Share it with us by tagging #MeetSmart. Let’s tell the world our story together.

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Speaking of power players, here’s another for you—Mike Dominguez from MGM Resorts had some thoughts about GMID:

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Thanks to MPI’s Potomac chapter for sending us these shots of their GMID pride:

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Read more about the San Francisco GMID event, where our #SmartTeam deployed:


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Look who Content Chief JT Long found among the celebrations in Las Vegas! These power players were out to double-down on what the meetings industry’s impact has been for their organizations.

Chris Brown from the National Association of Broadcasters:

Javier Cano from the JW Marriott LA Live Downtown:

Mike Massari from Caesars Entertainment:

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Some folks are already starting to reflect on the day, depending on their timezone:

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It may be after 5 p.m., but the fun doesn’t stop!

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Vancouver Film Commissioner David Shepheard has a special message for this star-studded day:

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Content Chief JT Long found Paul Mears III, president at Hello! Destination Management, and Tony Lorenz, CEO at PRA Destination Management!

GMID also took hold of the Rose Bowl in sunny Southern California:

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The Smart Meetings team has arrived to our home GMID revelry in San Francisco!

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See how these GMID celebrations by CVBs around the world are doubling down on efficiency of meetings and the incredible ROI of the meetings industry:

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What hotels and destinations have you seen celebrating GMID? We found some awesome properties and locations showing off their meetings industry pride:

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Events all over the world are going strong for GMID:

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If you’re seeing blue today, it’s because blue is the official color of Global Meetings Industry Day. See what NYC & Company lit up in the color to celebrate GMID:

Empire State Building

One World Trade Center

Javits Center in NYC

Pier 17 in NYC

Toronto’s in on the fun too! Have you seen other cities go up in blue? Show us using the hashtag #MeetSmart!

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Today is the day! The 2019 Global Meetings Industry Day is off to a great start on social media! The day is all about celebrating leaders from across the meetings and events industry, showcasing the positive impact that business meetings, trade shows and conventions have on the global economy and communities all over the world.

With more than 200 events in countries across the globe, events are all set with great décor, room full of meetings professionals, food and drink and a stellar line up of panels to discuss important industry trends.

GMID Ottawa kickstarted their day with speaker Drew Holmgreen, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Meeting Professionals International. He talked about live events and face-to-face interactions. He will also be conducting a workshop where he will discuss how to utilize multi-channel promotional strategies, tactics and tools. In Toronto, a panel discussion on cannabis and the meetings industry is underway focusing on its impacts, risks and opportunities. Edmonton’s GMID is dazzling in blue décor and floral table centerpieces. Keynote speaker, Hugh Culver, discussed regarding how to “Think. Plan. Act.” to make 2019 the best year yet!

On Capitol Hill, professionals are all set to meet with house representatives to discuss various issues that impact the meetings and events industry.

At GMID Mexico, COMIR President Jaime Salazar spoke about how the Mexican Meetings Industry has evolved stronger than ever even through all the political changes.

In Nashville, Cheryl Brehm shared statistics and reg flags to look for with regards to slavery around the world. They also had other speakers talk about establishing an e-presence, the importance of giving back to the community and self-care.

In Orlando, speaker and author, Brant Menswar addressed the crowd about establishing core beliefs and living them, followed by a performance as well. Attendees also received white chocolate-covered Oreos. —Fathima Mohaideen, Smart Meetings Editor

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Have you ever really dived into the numbers behind the meetings industry? These celebrators are using #GMID19 as a way to educate those who may not know the hard data behind meetings and events:

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#GMID19 is industry-wide for a reason—all factors of meetings and events are included in the economic impact! Check out these vendors diving into GMID celebrations:

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Happy GMID from Smart Meetings!

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Content Chief JT Long is celebrating #GMID19 in Las Vegas, where she asked John Schreiber, vice president of business sales at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, what GMID means for the Silver City:

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When “global” is in the name, it’s not just for show! These international industry organizations and destinations are making their celebrations known.

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Are you ready for GMID? Here are two stories to get your day started about the importance of Global Meetings Industry Day:


Don’t forget to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #GMID19 and #MeetSmart!