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
thiggins@mpi-az.org


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Additional Resources

Resources for Hotel and Travel Industry Professionals
Provided by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
https://global.hsmai.org/insights/coronavirus-resources/

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

Local Resources

Resources for Arizona Tourism Professionals
Provided by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
https://azlta.com/covid-19/

Provided by Maricopa County
https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019

Provided by the Arizona Department of Health for members outside of Maricopa County
https://www.azdhs.gov/

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Program/Event Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Chapter Investment Opportunities

MPI AZ offers your company or organization targeted and cost-efficient investment opportunities. As an industry professional looking to showcase your brand to fellow industry professionals, we invite you to consider our variety of cash and in-kind sponsorships. We are happy to customize an investment package designed to best suit your company's goals and objectives. Multi-year (2-4 year) investment packages are available as well.

For a one-on-one meeting or web consultation regarding your investment in our chapter's future, please contact Director of Strategic Alliances, Sukki Jahnke at 480-490-8239 or email sukki@tempechamber.org

 

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Raffle Prize Donations

The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International offers sponsorship opportunities to capitalize on your membership! The Raffle/Sponsorship Committee collects raffle prizes to be used at Monthly Meetings and Special Events throughout the year.

What does this mean for you and your organization? EXPOSURE! OPPORTUNITY! What does this mean for our chapter? The ability to continue offering first-class educational functions, networking opportunities, and additional benefits. It is the hope of the committee to obtain enough contributions at the beginning of the year to accommodate all event needs. We want to eliminate going to our members over and over again, so please dig deeply on your first contribution!

We’ve made it so easy to donate -  you are just a few clicks away!  Use our new ONLINE RAFFLE DONATION FORM to submit your prizes!  Once you submit, simply send in your donation or bring it to the event you want to use it for!  

All donations will be announced prior to and during the event, and signage will list sponsors for each meeting.

On behalf of MPI, thank you in advance for you generosity.

 

Monthly Mini-Tradeshow

Display tables are available at each monthly meeting for members and non-member to showcase their products and services to other guests. What great exposure for you and your company at such a minimal cost - $150.00 for members and $250.00 for non-members! One meal is included in the display table fee. For additional participants, there will be an additional charge of $50 per person. This mini-tradeshow takes place 45 minutes prior to each monthly education program.

To pay by credit card or check, please contact Joanne Winter at jwinter@mpi-az.org.

 

For additional information on this opportunity, contact Summer Peil at speil@rentfurniture.com.


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