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    1. State of the Industry

      State of the Industry

      by Michael Pinchera | Jul 08, 2015 Candid thoughts from a wide spectrum of meeting and event professionals on where we are and the direction in which we need to go. Click here to download a PDF copy of the full article. This is a people industry. The value of peer-to-peer education is incredible. The value of a mentor is invaluable. But even 40-year meeting industry veterans can learn from picking the brains of those less experienced. That’s why for “The State of the Industry” I reached out to dozens of meeting pros (planner and supplier, association and corporate, student ...

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    2. Welcome the Challenge

      Welcome the Challenge

      Dorrelle Scott, CMP (MPI Potomac Chapter), event associate with Ratliff Events, says an MPI Foundation scholarship that enabled her to attend the 2013 European Meetings & Events Conference helped her make contacts and gain broader exposure to an industry that always offers something new to learn.

      Did Dorrelle’s story resonate with you? Join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MPIfans .
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    3. Meeting Industry Brings Human Trafficking to Forefront

      By Rob Cotter

      With the world’s sporting spotlight set to shine brightly on New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on February 2, the 82,500-seat gladiatorial cauldron will slowly fill with fans drawn from coast to coast for Super Bowl XLVIII. Shaping up to be the greatest NFL spectacle yet, some well-drilled traffic management will need to be deployed to ensure the armies of travelling Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks fans can get smoothly from the highways to the parking lots and to their seats, all in good time to get fully behind their team.

      On the fringes there is ...

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    4. Q&A with Michael Dominguez: An Insider’s Perspective on the Hotel Industry

      The Meeting Professional recently had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Dominguez, senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International and MPI’s chairman of the board, at MPI’s Chapter Business Summit in San Antonio, Texas. He answered five burning questions sharing an insider’s perspective on the hotel industry.

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    5. The Conference Industry is Growing

      I’d like to point you to a great article published this weekend in the Orange County Register: “The Conference Industry is Booming, and It Is Only Getting Bigger,” written by David Ferrell. Ferrell’s article is a godsend of a piece that shows the value of conferences. What’s more important is that it was published in a non-industry publication. Too often we in the industry keep telling ourselves how important the industry is, with the hope that someone on the outside will overhear us. I’ve always thought it was more important to reach out to mainstream reporters ...

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    6. The Future Value of Connection

      The Future Value of Connection

      The following entry was written by Jackie Mulligan, a principal lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, which is conducting our future of meetings research. On a rather sunny evening I attended a real life event at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which had entirely come about because of the power of online communications—and more simply a hashtag (#). A whole community of businesses had established around it. There we all were face to face, sporting our Twitter IDs. Social media holds enormous potential for the meeting industry and provides a tool for our attendees to connect with each other and provide feedback before ...

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    7. RISE Recipients Honored at WEC

      The ballroom floor and tables literally shook when the Las Vegas Mass Choir took the stage and raised their voices in song. The bounce in the room was a fitting conclusion to the Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence (RISE) Awards lunch that honored recipients for their innovation, global transferability, impact and influence within the meeting and event industry. This year’s recipients were Maria Meschi (Young Professional Achievement), Miguel Neves (Member of the Year), Scott Friedman, CSP (Meeting Industry Leadership) and the MPI Canada chapters for National Meetings Industry Day (Community Achievement in Knowledge and Ideas). Meschi’s (MPI Indiana ...

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    8. Giving Back to the Community at WEC 2013

      Open the Ziploc bag and put a bar of soap in it, and then some shampoo and conditioner. Follow that with a razor, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a small washcloth. Finally, add a personalized note and seal it. You’ve just created a hygiene bag. That’s what approximately 20 meeting professionals did at the annual MPI corporate social responsibility project on Saturday at WEC. In fact, they created 960 bags in about 50 minutes. As tunes from Rihanna and Macklemore played, some participants grabbed two bags at a time and quickly filled them. Others worked on their encouragement notes ...

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    9. Strengthening Chapters Through Leadership

      Approximately 250 MPI chapter leaders from around the world gathered on Saturday for a full day of education and networking during the Chapter Leaders Forum (CLF) at the 2013 World Education Congress. A series of 10 breakout sessions explored engaging new members, board governance, social media and integrated message campaigns, effectively utilizing past presidents, board transitions, chapter operations, leadership training and more. More than 40 CLF delegates were specifically drawn to the session on leadership training with a focused lecture by Tara Liaschenko, CMM (MPI Tampa Bay Area Chapter), CEO of The Link Event Professionals, and panelists Michelle Johnson (MPI ...

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    10. 10 Ways to Quickly Build Rapport

      We’ve heard so many times that the best education at events happens in the hallways. But what about at the hotel? “If you’re like many business travelers, you’re only thought at the end of a day may be to head to your hotel room, watch True Blood and order room service,” wrote Anita Bruzzese for USA Today in the article “On the Job: Road Warriors Can Use Downtime to Network.” Bruzzese suggests, though, that running up to your room doesn’t help your career. Instead, seek out networking opportunities at hotel happy hours or in the gym ...

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    11. The Need for Speed

      “On the surface, the trump card in the highly competitive convention center business would appear to all come down to bandwidth, with convention attendees having an insatiable desire for more and faster communications technology,” Rowland Stiteler wrote in “Standing Out,” the cover story of our August convention center supplement. In the article, he interviewed Sherri Moore—a planner and tech conference organizer for Toronto-based MCC Moore Carlyle Consulting—who says that her attendees would rather have their broadband than their coffee. “She’s referring to attendees of an annual communications technology event—the mesh conference—held annually in at Toronto ...

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    12. Congratulations to the Latest CMM Class

      Fifty-one meeting and event professionals from around the world were recently awarded the Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) from MPI. The designation recognizes the strategic decision-making ability of industry leaders, as well as their ability to manage and deliver exceptional meetings and events that drive organizational success. Candidates must serve in a management-level position and have at least 10 years of industry experience in order to qualify for the designation. “MPI’s CMM program is a rigorous professional development initiative focusing on the strategy and business of meetings and events,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “By ...

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    13. Tyra Hilliard Knows Gangnam Style

      The Seoul Convention Bureau held a contest in November 2012 based around its video, “What is Gangnam Style?” The low-budget project, created to highlight the various shopping, entertainment and meeting locations in the city’s posh district, was an online sensation, drawing more than 400,000 views in one week. It also generated 5,700 new fans of the organization’s Facebook page. The bureau asked viewers to send in their own answers of what Gangnam Style is, and the winner ended up being MPI Georgia Chapter member Tyra Hilliard, CMP, Ph.D., J.D., Hilliard won a trip to ...

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    14. Gain Insights Into Future Research at WEC

      Gain Insights Into Future Research at WEC

      After concluding its third and final phase of Future of Meetings research, the MPI Foundation will roll out tools and educational assets—including a social media white paper and case study—to industry professionals next month at the World Education Congress (WEC) in Las Vegas to ensure planners are “future ready.” “This initiative has far-reaching implications for the entire meeting and event community,” said Vince LaRuffa, 2012-13 chairman of the MPI Foundation. “Thanks to our sponsors, this breakthrough research project became a reality.” WEC session attendees will learn about innovations and technologies that are just around the corner and what ...

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    15. Defining the Future of Meetings Together

      Earlier this month, AIBTM organizers and participants sought to “define the future of meetings…together.” I could argue whether or not that’s truly possible but, after a couple of weeks’ reflection, I’d say the edu-expo and it’s congregate availed. In more ways than one, the education was spot-on—in terms of topic (globalization, technology, measurement), depth (35 sessions, diverse in intensity and learning experience) and elocution (industry leaders, CEOs, business experts). So, it’s hard to imagine that the 3,700 attendees on Tuesday’s Association Day set off to AIBTM’s trade show on Wednesday without ...

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    16. Congratulations to MPI's Latest CMPs

      Congratulations to the following MPI members who recently passed the second quarter CMP examination. Since its inception, the CMP designation has been earned by more than 14,000 individuals in 46 countries and territories worldwide. Shameka N. Allen, CMP, Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando/Kessler Collection Lori L. Alstrom, CMP, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Patty Lynn Amos, CMP, Tessco Technologies Jennifer R. Bankard, CMP, Pennsylvania Community Providers Association Gina Giannini Benedict, CMP, CSE Frances Marie Blackstock, CMP, Stag-Parkway Inc. Aimee Elaine Blenker, CMP, Bradenton Area CVB Gwen E. Brown, CMP, Doubletree Hotel Columbus/Washington Alisa Jean Caldwell, CMP Kristy Jacobson Carlson ...

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    17. Boost Your Education With Pre-WEC Workshops

      MPI is offering three pre-World Education Congress (WEC) sessions this year that will help you boost your career and supplement existing knowledge. “There are few opportunities to easily and quickly earn enough clock hours for your CMP,” said Kristi Johnson, CMP, CMM, marketing manager for MPI. “WEC gives you the ability to earn 10.5 clock hours by attending concurrent sessions during the event. Add in six or seven hours by attending a pre-conference session such as the ROI Workshop or the CMP Master Class, and you are well on your way to satisfying Convention Industry Council clock hour requirements ...

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    18. How Large Events are Game Changers for Communities

      The city of Honolulu—and in fact the entire tourism industry of Hawaii—felt that it had more or less dodged a bullet in March when the National Football League (NFL) announced that it was not going to relocate the annual Pro Bowl game from the Aloha State in 2014. The internationally televised game would return to Aloha Stadium, at least for another season. “This is really important to the tourism industry and indeed the entire community in Honolulu, because it is not just an event that produces US$25 million to $30 million in direct revenue in tourist spending ...

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    19. 6 Tools for Industry Advocacy

      As meeting professionals, we recognize that face-to-face meetings and events play a critical role in connecting people and driving business results. We know the work we do as an industry is important. Our industry is not only an agent of change and progress, but it is also a powerful economic driver.  Many outside of our industry still don’t fully understand the value of meetings. This is evident by the criticism found in several recent news stories about improper spending by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a conference in 2010. We should not let misrepresentations like this ...

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    20. Top 7 Reasons to Register for WEC before June 14

      World Education Congress (WEC) is quickly approaching, and it’s one of the meeting and event industry’s can’t miss events. Why, you ask? Well, here are just a few reasons. The meeting and event industry’s best education—presented the way YOU want to learn.  General Keynote and Flash Point speakers who will share transformative takeaways you will be able to put into action immediately.  Save up to $300 if you register before rates increase on June 14  Or, you can attend for FREE by participating as a hosted buyer planner  Once, you’ve registered, you can take ...

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    21. Political Leaders Show Support of the Meetings & Events Industry

      Twenty-five barons signed the Magna Carta in 1215. Fifty-six men signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776. Fifty-one representatives signed the Charter of the United Nations in 1945. Add to that list 27 political leaders around the world who signed the “Declaration of Support for the Meetings and Events Industry” at IMEX 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. The leaders (listed below) put pen to paper and agreed with the following statement. “In a critical period of global economic transition and recovery, I believe that creating jobs and retraining work forces, increasing trade and inward investment, spreading knowledge and improving ...

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    22. Meetings at Ottawa Convention Centre Impact Regional Economy

      Thanks to 54,400 out-of-town visitors to the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), the city’s economy experienced a CAN$101 million windfall in 2012. The OCC commissioned Ipsos Reid, a third-part research firm, to conduct an economic impact study on 57 OCC conventions and tradeshows held that year that drew at least 25 percent of participants from outside the Ottawa-Gatineau area. The $101 million in direct spending includes: $78 million in attendee spending $16 million in exhibitor spending $7 million in production spending The study found these conventions and trade shows attracted more than 47,000 delegates and attendees from ...

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