SoCal Hospitality Associations Come Together to Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day

By Nadia Chavarria, Contributor    

This year Southern California hospitality professionals from across the meetings and events industry came together to support Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 12, 2018.  GMID is a part of the "Meetings Mean Business" campaign -   an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities. By rallying industry advocates, working with stakeholders, conducting original research, engaging with outside voices and more, the coalition brings the industry together to emphasize its importance. 

Our joint event had an incredible turnout, with over 350 attendees. The afternoon began with members from MPI SoCal, SITE SoCal, and PCMA Southwest and Pacific gathering in the Sierra Foyer at Universal Studios Hilton to network and mingle, eagerly awaiting the opening of doors to experience Los Angeles Party Designs beautiful and decorative creations in the ballroom.  The Universal Studios Hilton offered site tours so attendees could experience the Hilton’s offerings firsthand. The photobooth was another excellent touch, helping people connect and create relationships in a fun and exciting way!

The charity raffle supported The Dream Builders Project, a non-profit organization supporting those who have been affected by human trafficking in Los Angeles. Together the organization is determined to raise awareness and aid as many individuals affected by this cause.

As members made their way into the ballroom for a delicious meal, guest appearances from each organization touched up on the importance of meetings to our community. Collaboration continues to be a common theme within meetings. Each speaker delivered an enlightening approach on the importance of creating personal connections, driving positive business outcomes, and building strong communities.

Amanda Armstrong reminded us all of the importance of face to face meetings and how much time can be saved by in person interaction. A huge thank you to Annamaria Ruffini, visiting us from Italy to attend GMID and speak on behalf of SITE, and Stephanie Waites for her insight on corporate reputation, issues management, and public affairs.

Soon everyone made their way to the studio tram to get transported to the Globe Theatre where our celebratory reception took place. Arriving a red-carpet entrance we were welcomed us alongside Marilyn Monroe and a Disney Pixar Minion!  Members enjoyed the delicious dessert options and raised their glasses to celebrate an eventful day and joined together to capture a group photo to commemorate the day. 

As the evening came to an end everyone was invited to enjoy Universal Studios Theme Park.

Our MPI Southern California representatives  invited us to the many upcoming events that will bring our leaders from meeting and events industries together to network and showcase the power and impact that face to face meetings, conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, and incentive travel have on the industry.

Here is a sneak peak of some upcoming events.  We hope to see you there! 

May Educational Luncheon
Take a look at traditional vs non-traditional meeting spaces in the industry. Educate yourself in creating new memorable experiences for all your attendees on May 15, 2018. 

Annual Installation & Awards Gala
Don’t miss out on an incredible evening honoring volunteers, sponsors, and board members. The event will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel- Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, on June 21, 2018.    

Networking Sunset Cruise
This popular networking event is back on July 25th, sponsored by Hornblower Cruises and the Marina del Rey CVB.  Members will have the opportunity to network alongside hundreds of sail boats during their regatta in the harbor. The breathtaking 2-hour sunset cruise will include complimentary sangria and appetizers. 

Party on the Pier
On September 11, 2018 members will get to enjoy complimentary food and beverage catered by Bristol Farm and take pleasure in the free rides and games as they network with one another.                                                   

Thanks to everyone who come together to make this day one to remember! 





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