Meetings Move Us Forward

Meetings Move Us Forward

When people get together, things get done. Every day groups gather to learn, to be inspired, to solve problems and to build relationships. We design those gatherings; we, the meeting and event professionals. We understand the transformative value that meetings provide. Effective meetings are what we do, and it’s time to tell our story to the world. That’s why MPI is providing you with these resources that tell the tale of what you do and why you do it. Start telling your story today!

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“FACE TIME. It Matters.” is a grassroots industry campaign theme designed to promote the benefits of meeting face-to-face. The campaign was developed in response to one of the most challenging years ever faced by the meeting, convention and exhibition industries. It was based on the findings of a recent national survey of corporate and association meeting planners, plus in-depth personal interviews with the industry’s leading executives as well as focus groups consisting of corporate and association executives, business travelers and professional meeting planners. According to the research:
•    Face-to-face meetings build trust and relationships; 
•    Education and training are more effective in a live setting; 
•    Live meetings actually save time and money; 
•    Live meetings result in a more effective exchange of ideas; 
•    Face-to-face meetings provide the human connection that powers business;
•    Face-to-face meetings create jobs and powers the economy. 

Ten Meetings that Rocked the World 
When people get together, the opportunity to change the world is always at hand.
by Jason Hensel | 
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Meeting Professionals are Transforming the World 
Thanks to innovative and compassionate leadership, meetings and events are changing key facets of life—the economy, the environment, safety, local communities and education—every day.
by Jennifer Juergens | July 21, 2013 | 
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Spread the Word -- The Conference Industry is Growing 
By Jason Hensel August 05, 2013 published in a publication outside of our industry
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Meeting Professionals are Transforming the World

Thanks to innovative and compassionate leadership, meetings and events are changing key facets of life—the economy, the environment, safety, local communities and education—every day.

by Jennifer Juergens | July 21, 2013 |

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Face Time is Good for Business; Increase in Face to Face Meetings Can Increase Revenue by Nearly 25%
November 12, 2013 10:50am
New Delhi, India, 12 November, 2013: Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), has released its first-ever Business Meetings in a Modern World global research report, revealing that businesses around the world could be missing out on nearly a quarter (24%) of additional revenue because they are not investing enough time in face-to-face contact.
The report surveyed more than 2,000 business men and women across five major markets - the UK, US, United Arab Emirates (UAE), China and India - to better understand how business professionals are using both virtual and face-to-face meetings and the possible economic impact.
The survey found that:
•    Nearly half (47%) of business men and woman surveyed believe they had lost a contract or client simply because they didn't have enough face-to-face meetings, which resulted in the estimated yearly revenue loss of 24% - a significant loss for any business
•    In fact, 81% of business men and women state that face-to-face meetings are better for building long-term trust and ensuring strong client relationships
•    However, nearly two thirds (63%) reported that the number of virtual meetings they attended has increased in the past 5 - 10 years further demonstrating that the value of face-to-face meetings is being overlooked in favour of cost and time-saving technologies, such as video conferencing
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Why?  Because Meetings Build Strong Communities

  “It’s imperative to invest our time and money in meetings. Our destinations and Convention & Visitors Bureaus around the world rely on meetings to fuel the economy in the sense of jobs and bringing people together to collaborate on services and products.” - Michael Gehrisch, President and CEO, Destination Marketing Association International

 “Meetings are essential to the Chicago economy, as they bring awareness to our community. The core of our visitors stem from the convention industry.” - Don Welsh, President and CEO, Choose Chicago

“For a city like Washington, meetings and events are a way to stimulate the city’s economy. It gives us a chance to showcase our city in a different light and bring different people to our destination.” - Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO, Destination DC

 “Meetings are the biggest piece of travel in our region and the only segment that books and contracts rooms into the future. For us, it’s almost like an insurance policy for the long-term health of the travel industry in Seattle.” - Tom Norwalk, President and CEO, Visit Seattle

 “In Orlando, a large percentage of convention attendees will come back to our city for a leisure trip. Therefore, meetings add a strategic advantage for us.” - George Aguel, President and CEO, Visit Orlando

“The meetings and events industry provides a tremendous opportunity for professional development and career establishment. We’ve heard numerous statistics about people who began their careers in the travel industry and have continued on to have incredible business success.” - Richard Harper, Executive Vice President, HelmsBriscoe

 “I think that what the travel industry has to offer is unique – the opportunities it provides for young students, emerging leaders, jobs and careers. The breadth of our industry gives such a variety of choices to grow a career.” - Michael Dominquez, Senior Vice President of Sales, MGM Resorts International

 “When a meeting is canceled] who loses besides our team members? The workers who depend on our business. The hospitality industry. Hotel housekeepers. Restaurant servers. The airlines.” - John Stumpf, Chairman, President and CEO, Wells Fargo