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.

Here’s how to get involved:

April 14 2016 - GMID

On April 14, 2016, leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the first Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). GMID will showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.

GMID marks the expansion of North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID), held earlier this year in the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Latin America. NAMID included 88 events across the continent as well as robust conversations online and 3.2 million social media impressions. Proclamations of support were issued by the governor of Wisconsin and mayors of Toronto, Buffalo and Washington, DC. A NAMID billboard was featured all day in Times Square and Caesars Entertainment “Turned the Strip Blue” in Las Vegas with NAMID logos and signage. In Mexico, a collaboration agreement was signed between the federal government, the tourism board and all 11 Meetings Industry Associations.

To learn more about GMID, visit http://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/GMID. Follow and participate in the digital conversations at @MeetingsMeanBiz on Twitter and by using the hashtags #MMBusiness with #GMID16. 

Bill McDermott, Global CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company, gave a interview by satellite to IMEX America and told members of the meetings and events industry: “Your industry is at the forefront of driving growth in the global economy.”

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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