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MPI Recaps World Education Congress 2018 In Indy



MPI Recaps World Education Congress 2018 In Indy

Following are stats from MPI’s 2018 World Education Congress (WEC), which concludes today, June 5th in Indianapolis.

  • Approximately 2,200 registered attendees, which is 10 percent more than WEC 2016 in Atlantic City and WEC 2014 in Minneapolis and 13.6 percent less than WEC 2017 in Las Vegas.

  • Planner to supplier ratio was split about 50:50 with 49.6 percent planners and 50.4 percent suppliers.

  • About 77 percent were MPI members, plus had 240 attendees sign up to become new members prior to the event and nine members signed up onsite during the event.

  • 39 percent of registrants attended WEC for the first time this year.

  • There were 249 chapter leaders in attendance thanks in part to the 2018 MPI Chapter Business Summit, which was held in conjunction with WEC this year.

  • In total, the mix of attendees represented 35 countries – with the majority being from the US (89 percent), followed by Canada (5 percent).

  • MPI Hosted Buyer Program had 203 planners and 138 suppliers, who conducted just over 1,800 business appointments in two days.

  • 158 suppliers exhibited throughout the WEC Villages.

  • Delivered more than 80 total education sessions, allowing attendees to earn up to 11 clock hours.

  • MPI Foundation raised more than $450,000, including contributions raised from Rendezvous, which had nearly 1,200 participants, and through the Text To Give Program; funds will be invested towards scholarships and grants. In comparison, $340,000+ was raised during WEC 2017.

  • MPI raised more than $250,000 from the President’s Dinner, which had 500 attendees and honored chapter leaders, board members and the 2018 MPI Industry Leader Award recipient – Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association; the funds will support the MPI Academy in developing fresh and innovative educational programs. At WEC 2017, $218,000+ was raised.

  • 1,000 unique users registered for the WEC18 Virtual Pass Program, which features select sessions from each day of the conference; 84 percent were planners and 59 percent were MPI members.

  • Issued the following news announcements:

  • The MPI Chair Award was presented to Erin Scholes of the MPI San Diego Chapter. Following is an excerpt from MPI Chair Amanda Armstrong's speech during the Sunday Afternoon Pep Rally:

“If you are familiar with MPI, you know that our vision is to build a rich, diverse community where our members can connect, learn and grow. In the spirit of recognizing the strength of this community, it is my pleasure to present the 2018 Chair Award. This award is at the complete discretion of the chair…me… and in a quiet moment, I thought about who makes our industry stronger…who leads by example …who is well-respected and does it all for the goal not the role. Who inspires me? I’m inspired by unsung heroes and servant leaders. And the woman I selected for the chair award…is both. It’s Erin Scholes…Erin has been an MPI member for 13+ years in San Diego chapter. She believes in keeping her skills sharp and has a mouthful of certifications to prove it. She is an independent business owner AND a mother of two. She was chapter president in 2010 and was so good they hired her to be the chapter administrator. She’s worked on the hotel side, the planner side and now is faculty at San Diego State University. She is smart, entrepreneurial and teaching the next generation of hospitality professionals the skills it takes to be successful in this crazy, but magical industry. When I think about the tag line, “I am MPI,” Erin…IS MPI… past, present and future. Congratulations and thank you for inspiring me and so many others throughout your accomplished career.”


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Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including 17,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 75 chapters and clubs with members in over 70 countries. "When we meet, we change the world."


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