Updated March 20, 2020

Hello Arizona Sunbelt Chapter,

These are unprecedented times, and during these times it's best not to act out of fear. As we all know, a good leader gathers all the facts before making an informed decision. MPI AZ remains diligent in ensuring that the safety and security of our members and attendees remains the top priority. As stated in last week’s email, MPI AZ has continually been monitoring the latest COVID-19 developments locally. When we made our decision, it was based on Governor Ducey’s approach that Arizonan's should not panic and that our approach would be calm and steady since we had not had a spike in cases, after he declared a state of emergency.

On Sunday afternoon, the state of Arizona received an order from Governor Ducey that Arizona would now be following the updated COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC. What does this mean for us? It means that mass gatherings and events over 50 be canceled for the next eight weeks. This includes: conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, and other types of large assemblies. All MPI AZ events that follow under these guidelines & timeframe will postponed until further notice. Effective immediately, we will be postponing our networking mixer that would have taken place Thursday, March 19th at Dave & Buster’s, and our Global Meetings Industry Day event on Tuesday, April 14th at the Arizona State Capitol. Please stay tuned for further updates as we work to figure out alternative plans for our chapter.

Again, I will reiterate that during times like these, it is vital that we remain focused on facts and share information from credible resources, such as the CDC or WHO. MPI AZ is still committed to providing you up to date resources to keep yourself informed at a global and local level as you navigate this uncharted situation that we are currently facing. Please continue to refer to MPI Global’s devoted page that provides resources for our meeting and event professionals community. In addition to that page and the resources listed below, our social media and chapter newsletter will continue to provide updated, relevant and credible content to ensure our community is well-informed.

Let’s not lose hope! We have weathered tough times in the past, and we will overcome this setback. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. All lines of communication to me are open and waiting to hear from you.

Please stay healthy and safe!

Tiffany Higgins
MPI AZ President

MPI Coronavirus Resources


Additional Resources

Resources for Hotel and Travel Industry Professionals
Provided by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Local Resources

Resources for Arizona Tourism Professionals
Provided by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association

Provided by Maricopa County

Provided by the Arizona Department of Health for members outside of Maricopa County

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MPI AZ Celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day!
April 14, 2020
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A Video Message From Your MPI AZ President
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Planning a Successful Retirement

28 February, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 East Cotton Center Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ

 It’s the New Year…a great time to plan for your retirement.
We have the perfect program for you. 

Presented by Mike Ripley of Ripley Financial

Meet Mike Ripley - he has worked in a variety of financial settings including business planning, estate planning, retirement and pensions. Mike’s focus has always been to meet the individual needs of his clients in the best possible way.

A small business owner himself, Mike will address Planning for A Successful Retirement for the small business owner and self-employed. Learn how to put your plan on track to provide for a retirement of security and freedom: 

  • How to get your plan working to its fullest potential.
  • What happens to money and income in retirement.
  • Solutions used by plans today to produce a lifetime income safely.
  • Maintaining the lifestyle you want through retirement. 

RSVP to Anne King at meetingyz@cox.net

Venue Details

Desert Willow Conference Center

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