On April 6th, leaders in the international meetings and events industry – from across Vancouver and around the world – came together to support the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). Global Meetings Industry Day was founded in 2016 to recognize the enormous impact that meetings have on businesses, economies, and communities.
Within Canada, business events are responsible for 1.5% of the country’s gross domestic product. While in Vancouver, the meetings industry results in over $500 million annually in spin-off benefits for the local economy, and supports more than 6,000 jobs. Vancouver companies and organizations benefit from having meetings take place in the city. It gives them the opportunity to connect with their industry peers, and puts their companies, and their fields, in a national or international arena. Vancouver has played host to many of the world’s conferences and events including the annual TED Conference, the 2015 World Congress of Dermatology, the 2016 Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders conference, the 2016 Million Dollar Round Table annual meeting and the 2017 Young Presidents’ Organization Edge conference.
In Vancouver, a Global Meetings Industry Day networking and professional development event took place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, co-hosted by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and the International Live Events Association (ILEA).
Dave Gazley, vice president, Meeting and Convention Sales, Tourism Vancouver: "Meetings and conventions have a very real, very positive, impact on Vancouver’s economy. The industry brings approximately half-a-million business travellers to Vancouver each year who spend approximately $300 million on hotels, restaurants, attractions and shopping. The Global Meetings Industry Day initiative is important because it highlights the significance of the Meetings industry; not only as a local and global economic driver, but also a force for the global exchange of ideas."