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!
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MPI Dash to Dallas: WEC 2020


Earn up to $1150 toward your WEC 2020 “Authentic Experience” in Dallas!

Every MPI AZ Chapter Member will earn points for each event attended through April 2020.

Jump to the top of the leaderboard! Refer 2 or 3 new members - 25 points for each new member!

WEC 2020 Grapevine, TX Jun 6-9, 2020

Let's Create Authentic Experiences

MPI WEC Grapevine

TX. June 6-9, 2020


Show up – get points!

William Babin120 points
Donna Robinson80 points
Lori Ann Harnish70 points
Eliza Duncan50 points
Penny Allphin50 points
Cathy Clifton50 points
Melanie Volkers45 points
Mary Young40 points
Terri Crain40 points
Sukki Jahnke40 points
Tiffany Higgins40 points
Kristine Demlong40 points
Gordon Murray40 points
Ann Steward40 points
Mary Young40 points
Summer Peil40 points


Point Categories:

Monthly Meetings/GMID10 points
Networking Mixers5 points
Refer a New Member25 points
Attend Educon10 points
Attend the Holiday Party5 points

Contest Rules:

Must be a chapter member to participate.
Attend the events and earn points.
Member with the most points wins*

*in the event of a tie there will be a drawing for the winner

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