The World Celebrates Second Annual GMID!

April 6, 2017 Julia Berman

second annual GMID

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!

Celebrating #GMID17 by taking the meetings industry to new heights @HighRollerVegas! #VegasMeansBusiness @meetingsmeanbiz pic.twitter.com/LhM6LYoJkA

— LVCVA (@LVCVA) April 6, 2017

Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, moderates a panel of top leaders at Global Meetings Industry Day. #SmartMtgs pic.twitter.com/ighO15EE7I

— Dan Johnson (@SmartMtgsDan) April 6, 2017

I’m with my #PCMA, #SPIN, #MPIGA, #IAEE, #GSAE & #SITE TRIBE celebrating #GMID17!! #MMBusiness pic.twitter.com/VBGDTZuk0l

— Tess Vismale, CMP (@tessvis) April 6, 2017

Face to face #meetings build relationships & trust #MMBusiness #GMID17 #Guanajuato #Mexico pic.twitter.com/c7ztOqCTIo

— Lupita Robles León (@lupisrobles) April 6, 2017

The staff at #VisitABQ celebrates #GMID17! @meetingsmeanbiz in #TrueABQ. pic.twitter.com/mmbLN2fqEq

— Albuquerque Meetings (@MeetABQ) April 6, 2017

The @MeetingsYukon staff and board wishing everyone a happy Global Meetings Industry Day from the Yukon! #GMID17 #eventprofs #meetingsyukon pic.twitter.com/V8uCI4wSMw

— Adam Gerle (@yukonhusky) April 6, 2017

One meeting=20 emails+10 conference calls. Who wouldn’t want to meet face to face instead? Happy #GMID17! #meetingsmath @meetingsmeanbiz pic.twitter.com/j0ibHnqEZ8

— DMAI (@meetDMAI) April 6, 2017

Happy #GMID17! A product orientation group visited @WaltDisneyWorld last week and showed us what meetings mean to them! #MeetAtDisney pic.twitter.com/JGiPzsAFjr

— Disney Meetings (@DisneyMeeting) April 6, 2017

Happy Global Meetings Industry Day from Saudi Exhibition & Convention Bureau #GMID17 pic.twitter.com/XxjvESpJC1

— Fahad Al-Arfaj (@Arfaaj) April 6, 2017

Come and join #MyCEB as we celebrate #GMID17 on April 6th! #businessevents #meetingsmeanbusiness #ICCAMy #malaysialikeneverbefore #ICCAWorld pic.twitter.com/cnlIUsn3ww

— MyCEB (@MyCEB) March 30, 2017

The NYC skyline will go blue tomorrow night for @meetingsmeanbiz #GMID17! Check out this and other NYC GMID events: https://t.co/U48kD2OEiE pic.twitter.com/WWlIWouyVf

— NYC & Company (@nycgo_press) April 4, 2017

Global Meetings Industry Day in @ICEKrakow @meetingsmeanbiz @krakow_pl @meetingmedia @meetingsmags @MeetingsShow @meetingstoday @MPI pic.twitter.com/x1Bxl6q1Lb

— ICEKrakow (@ICEKrakow) April 6, 2017


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.

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