Today is Global Meetings Industry Day, a day that showcases the impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on our community.
Organisations around the world have used the day to reflect on what it means.
Meetings & Events Australia reports that business events in Australia contributed more than A$30bn in direct expenditure and supports more than 190,000 jobs.
Robyn Johnson, CEO of Meetings & Events Australia, the peak industry body is spearheading a campaign to revitalise the organisation and highlight the important role played by its members.
“Meetings and events already make a substantial contribution to the Australian economy and there is scope for more growth with support from industry and government. Our board and members are committed to building on past achievements and successes. The future is bright and the opportunities are immense”.
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas meetings industry supports approximately 85,000 jobs and generates more than US$12.4bn to the local economy.
Las Vegas has recently been named the No. 1 trade show destination in North America for the 23rd consecutive year by Trade Show News Network. In 2016, Las Vegas hosted 57 of North America’s largest 250 trade shows.
Matthias Schultze, managing director of the GCB German Convention Bureau, says: “The German Convention Bureau and its partners are proud to support Global Meetings Industry Day which this year is on Thursday 6 April. The principles behind GMID reflect the values that the GCB holds dear – uniting meetings and events industry professionals from across the globe to show the measurable impact that meetings have on businesses, economies, and communities.
“The considerable impact of meetings and events is reflected in our annual ‘Meeting- & EventBarometer’, which shows that an increasing number of international participants are contributing to the positive development of the industry by means of conferences, congresses and events: their number increased by almost 94 per cent between 2006 and 2015, compared with around 35 per cent plus the total number of participants in the same period.
“The figures for our ‘Meeting & EventBarometer’ 2016 will be announced on Tuesday 11 April.”