Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

Advocacy Central

How can we see Eye to Eye, if we don’t meet Face to Face?

Great things happen when people come together. Face-to-face is where deals are struck, relationships are forged and ideas are generated.

PCMA’s advocacy initiatives are about showing the real power of what business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions collectively do for people, businesses and communities.

Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees
The recent Executive Order on immigration and refugees has left many of us with questions on how this will potentially impact our meetings and events, for both North American programs that have attendees from outside of North America and Global programs with North American attendees. Know that we have been working closely with the Meetings Means Business Coalition to monitor the evolving policy and will provide you with continuous updates.You can find information and FAQ answers for questions you might have here
April 6, 2017 - Global Meetings Industry Day
It’s time to start thinking about Global Meetings Industry Day 2017! The success of this global day of advocacy is due to the passion and engagement of PCMA Chapters and MMB coalition members, supporters, and industry partners worldwide. In 2016 our industry hosted 115 events in 35 countries truly made the difference in helping shine a light on the importance of our industry all around the world.

GMID Toolkit Materials
Meetings Mean Business has developed a communication and advocacy toolkit for GMID event hosts. These resources and materials will ensure that as an industry we continue to speak united, as one voice. Please click below to view and download the 2017 materials.


Dear Governor:
The governors of North Carolina and Mississippi signed into law discriminatory legislation that does not support the values of our industry. Organizations across the U.S. have had a strong reaction and future revenues from meetings and events will potentially decrease exponentially, if the law is not repealed. Below are the letters written to both governors by our CEO Deborah Sexton. We encourage you to write your own.

Governor Pat McCrory - North Carolina

Governor Phil Bryant - Mississippi

Cynthia Fenneman explains how to build a good relationship and gain ROI in the industry.

How else can you show your support?

  • Show your industry pride - by downloading the Meetings Means Business logo here and adding to your email signature line. Better yet, add the logo to your business card using the .eps file here.
  • Utilize the industry tools provided by the Meetings Means Business Collation - This toolkit helps you tell our industry's story with resources to assist you with articulating the economic impact and business productivity of face-to-face meetings and events. Find out more.
  • Download the Meetings Means Business App. This app, available in both the Apples iTunes Store and the Android Google Play Store, serves as the on-the-go resource for industry leaders along with meetings and travel professionals. Features include quick access to collateral materials, data points, editorial content, the latest industry news and other important information. The app will also serve an additional entry point and engagement tool for industry professionals looking to get involved with the campaign.
Recent articles:

What Meeting Professionals Think About President Trump’s Executive Immigration Order
February 6, 2017

How Election Pollsters Got it Wrong
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November 14, 2016


Meetings Mean Business Launches Worth Meeting About
June 1, 2016

Tourism Bureaus Band Together to Promote the Meetings Industry’s Economic Impact
April 18, 2016

Meetings Net
February 11,2016

Smart Meetings
January 28, 2016

Travel Daily News
January 18, 2016

Meetings Net
November 3, 2015

PCMA Convene
October 13, 2015

Meetings Net
October 13, 2015

By Meetings Mean Business and Skift
October 5, 2015

When Meetings Come To Town, Everybody Benefits
MMB Blog
July 17, 2015

10 Signs You're In The Meetings Industry
MMB Blog
July 1, 2015

Infographic: The Value of Government Meetings
International Meetings Review

NAMID: Face Time Is Money!
Chicagoland Celebrates the Meetings Industry

Five Of Your Colleagues In Chicago Just Won Some Big Awards

An Important Note On Meetings In Indiana From Deborah Sexton

5 Things Your Next Meeting Is Giving Back To You

CIC Supports North American Meetings Industry Day
International Meetings Review

North American Meetings Industry Day Aims to Send a Powerful Message
Meeting Mentor Magazine

How I Got Here: David DuBois
Association Now

Only You Can Protect Meetings

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Meetings Mean Business Outlines Strategy for 2015
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