Texas to hold ‘em for MPI World Education Congress in 2020

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Texas to hold ‘em for MPI World Education Congress in 2020

International association Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Grapevine, Texas, as the destination for its World Education Congress (WEC) in 2020. The association will collaborate with the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the conference, which is scheduled for 6-9 June, 2020, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center (pictured).

Grapevine is centrally located between Fort Worth and Dallas, where MPI is headquartered.

WEC is MPI’s signature event through which it delivers education, business and networking opportunities in North America. It attracts more than 2,000 attendees annually, including corporate, third party, and association planners, suppliers, students, industry faculty and more.

MPI follows a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process for its signature events and says it considers factors such as location benefits, meeting venue facilities, pricing, hotel offerings, destination accessibility, unique options and local support.

“We are elated to partner with the Grapevine CVB to bring WEC to Grapevine in 2020. This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the unique venues and charm of North Texas, which I have had the pleasure of enjoying since relocating here when I joined MPI almost five years ago,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “With the Gaylord Texan, we will be able to host and house the majority of our attendees under one roof, and they will also have easy travel access with the nearby Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport.”

The city of Grapevine features a historic downtown district, special event venues with more than one million square feet of meeting space and 20 hotels with 5,400-plus hotel rooms. It is also home to the Grapevine Urban Wine and Craft Brew Trail, the world’s only NFL-themed golf course, and was named a ‘World Festival and Event City’ by the International Festival and Events Association in 2012.

The year 2020 will mark the second time MPI’s WEC has been held in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In 2006, WEC was hosted at the Dallas Convention Center (renamed the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in 2013).

The 2018 WEC will be held 2-5 June, 2018, at the Indiana Conference Center in Indianapolis. To learn more or register for WEC18, visit www.mpiweb.org/wec-2018.

MPI is a global community of 17,000 engaged members and has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 19 countries.

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