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Watch: Recap of Global Meetings Industry Day 2019

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The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) has put together a recap video featuring highlights from this year’s Global Meetings Industry Day, which included 275 events in 53 countries worldwide, and reached over 88 million people through the #GMID19 hashtag. 

New research from Oxford Economics shows that face-to-face meetings across 180 countries contributed $1.5 trillion of GDP in 2017 – more than the economies of Australia, Spain, Mexico, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, according to the MMBC. The research also shows that meetings support 25.9 million jobs worldwide.

To shine a light on these results and others, GMID brings together thousands of industry professionals and third-party allies to host rallies, educational panels, networking sessions and more.

GMID was created in 2016 to raise the profile of the meetings and events industry, and last year, involved meeting professional organizations, association chapters, corporations, destinations, elected officials and business leaders. In 2018, events were held throughout North America, Latin America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asiaand Australia along with robust conversations online and over 54 million social media impressions. Several proclamations of support were issued by policymakers including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, governors of Minnesota and Colorado, along with the mayors and city officials of Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego, Austin, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax and Genk, Belgium. For those with a view of the Big Apple, the Empire State Building was illuminated in blue in honor of GMID for the third consecutive year.

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