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.

Our members bring together attendees in destinations around the world every day. Those attendees come together to learn from each other, to hear each other’s perspectives and to uncover new ideas.

The success of our industry relies on one key component: diversity. The new ideas that emerge from our breakout sessions and educational panels do not come from putting thousands of similar people with similar opinions in the same room.

New ideas are born when people from different backgrounds with different skin colors and different religious affiliations who love all kinds of people come together.

This represents the real spirit of the meetings and events industry; our experiences are built on including everyone.

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.

Recent Developments 
On February 4, a federal judge issued a halt to the executive order on immigration and refugees. Subsequently the Department of Homeland Security announced that it suspended all actions to implement the immigration order and resumed standard inspection of travelers. The State Department also announced it had reversed its cancellation of visas under the order. The Justice Department requested to immediately reinstate Trump's immigration directive, which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied.

On February 9, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously ruled to uphold a lower-court ruling that suspended the travel ban. Travelers from the seven affected countries can continue entering the United States while the court’s block on the executive order is in place. The decision is currently being reviewed by the Justice Department and has the potential to reach the Supreme Court.

On February 16, President Trump announced that the White House will rescind his controversial executive order on immigration and then issue a new order next week. In the meantime, Justice Department lawyers have petitioned the federal appeals court to suspend its reconsideration. The impact on the current legal battle may depend on the court's view of how substantially the revision differs from the current version. Also this week, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against implementation of the original executive order.

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 Chapter Events

Gulf States Chapter: Global Meetings Industry Day - Houston

Gulf States Chapter: Global Meetings Industry Day - Austin

Southeast Chapter: Global Meetings Industry Day

Capital Chapter: Global Meetings Industry Day

Chesapeake Chapter: Global Meetings Industry Day

Greater Philadelphia Chapter: Global Meetings Industry Day

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.
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