Destinations International ‘Here to help’ with new unity campaign

Global marketing organisation Destinations International, has launched a recovery campaign which it says is designed “to unify the meetings, events and travel industry”. Titled ‘We’re Here to Help’, the new campaign aims to demonstrate that when the unexpected happens and it is not ‘business as usual’, that convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) play a critical role in the recovery process. The ca...

Mash Sessions: proactive selling with Ciara Feely

Mash Media’s Martin Fullard talks to MPI UK&I President Elect and Founder and author of Conference Converter on the importance of proactive selling during the Covid-19 crisis. Learn more about Ciara’s courses at Learn more about Conference Converter’s training sessions here, and a special session on selling in a crisis here. Click here to purchase a c...

MPI announces WEC Grapevine date change to November

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced it will move its World Education Congress (WEC) Grapevine to a 3-6 November slot, back from the previous June date. The association is now calling for its industry members to ‘Reunite for Recovery’ both in-person and virtually during the new dates for its signature annual event. The association said it took the decision to move dates “in orde...

Chair of MPI Foundation encourages members to ‘reach out’

The Chair of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation Global Board of Trustees and Senior VP of sales for the Venetian Resort, Las Vegas, Chandra Allison, has put out a video to members, encouraging them to reach out during these “difficult and unprecedented times”. Allison also said that she “sent wishes from my family to yours that everyone is safe and healthy”...

Striking a chord

MPI’s European Meetings and Events Conference asked delegates to push their boundaries in the home of flamenco. Amilio, the old flamenco master, is sitting on stage in a loose suit jacket, his weather-beaten face almost concealed behind a straggly, grey beard. We’ve come to meet him at the headquarters of the Alala Foundation, an NGO based in the Poligono Sur district of Seville, Spain. He is teac...

An MPI message to the meetings and event industry

Cleo Battle, COO for Louisville Tourism, Kentucky, USA, and member of MPI’s 2020 international board of directors, shares a simple and heartfelt message of encouragement to those in the meeting and event industry, highlighting their generosity and the essential role all members of the community play in moving towards recovery.

Joint message from global industry leaders in support of our global community

The following statement has been released by the US-based Events Industry Council: The reality of COVID-19 reminds us that we are a global community representing a rich and diverse fabric of talented and dedicated professionals. We are also reminded of our common humanity in our vulnerabilities. As individuals, now is the time to focus on what matters most: the collective wellbeing and safety of o...

Events Industry Council releases coronavirus statement

The Events Industry Council (EIC) released a statement, 2 March, to members, partners and the events industry regarding the coronavirus.

EMEC 2019 wins Best Conference Award

MPI's European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) 2019 has been awarded the Best Conference Award by Best Events Award (BEA) World.

MPI to bring its European Meetings & Events Conference to Brighton in 2021

MPI hosted a press conference at IMEX America, where they announced the location for their European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) in 2021 as Brighton.

CMW explores CAESARS FORUM ahead of 2020 opening

CAESARS FORUM, the new event space opening March 2020 in Las Vegas, has announced $300m worth of business from pre-bookings.