Novel Coronavirus Resources

MPI Updates


Dear MPI Friends,

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has touched the lives and businesses of our friends and colleagues across the globe in the meetings and events industry. Our industry has been impacted by recent cancellations of conferences, sporting events and large gatherings. My deepest sympathy goes out to those affected. 

As the global situation evolves daily, safety is our utmost concern for our community, industry and our MPI employees. MPI has long-established processes to ensure our daily membership and chapter operations will operate business as usual. We can assure our community that we will continue to provide high-quality resources and up-to-date information.

And, as the largest and most relied-upon association within the meeting and events industry, we at Meeting Professionals International know it’s our duty to serve as a trusted resource for this important community. Whether through providing education and connections in advance of, during and after situations like this or disseminating current information as occurrences unfold, we will ensure our community is prepared, informed and in-tune with ongoing developments. Of equal importance, we will be at the front lines to spur global economic growth and stability as the current crisis ends and we shift our attention towards recovery.

Keeping in line with our mission to learn, innovate, collaborate and advocate, the MPI Academy has launched a series of webinars and educational offerings that build on the existing fundamentals to overcome these sometimes-challenging scenarios. From ongoing conversations on ensuring business continuity to providing the tools to make business decisions at the right time, the webinars will be informative and make an immediate and lasting impact.

Additionally, at WEC Grapevine, which takes place on June 6-9, 2020 and currently has no plans for cancelation or postponement, we have added programming specific to managing the complications associated with this current scenario, as well as recovery. WEC Grapevine may be the first large-scale gathering for our community as recovery begins, making this a key opportunity for our industry to band together and rally behind the positive impact we can make on our world.

With so much information currently available publicly about Coronavirus, it’s our responsibility to make certain our community remains adequately, properly and responsibly informed on Coronavirus. With that in mind, we are keeping our community informed on Coronavirus through MPI’s social channels, newsletters (MPI Pulse and MPI NewsBrief) and on our current Coronavirus page.  This online resource provides you with up-to-date industry news, research and information about ongoing resources being provided by MPI, such as our education series and newly launched podcast series.

As we have done for nearly fifty years, MPI will continue to provide the leadership, knowledge, and connections that facilitate positive impact. Because when we meet, we do change the world.



Paul Signature
Paul Van Deventer
Meeting Professionals International
President and Chief Executive Officer


At this time, we have no plans to make any adjustments to our 2020 signature event. For any questions you have relevant to WEC, please visit our FAQs.


WEC Grapvine Event



Safety Tips:

Safety at meetings and events is always a top priority. The following is general information and not intended to be a comprehensive guide.

Always exercise common sense and good judgment when traveling and attending meetings and events. There are currently no travel restrictions in the United States related to the novel Coronavirus outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that you stay aware of the latest information available on its website and through your national and local public health authority. The WHO urges you to take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.  

Maintain Social Distancing

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why?  When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the novel coronavirus, if the person coughing has the disease.  

Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose and Mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.  

Practice Respiratory Hygiene

Make sure you and those around you follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why?  Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as the common cold, flu and the novel coronavirus.  

If You Have a Fever, Cough and Difficulty Breathing, Seek Medical Care Early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.  

Stay Informed and Follow the Advice Given by Your Healthcare Provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about the novel coronavirus. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from the novel coronavirus.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information on whether the novel coronavirus is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.



Join MPI for our ongoing series of virtual conversations and discussions on COVID-19, and how you can ensure business continuity and communications with your stakeholders and participants. Ensure you are prepared with real-time conversations with experts in the know who can guide you to making the right business decisions at the right time.

Live Webinar Series:

Crisis Communications: Coronavirus Edition
(Watch Now)


March 30, 2020

Building a Lean & Agile Business. It’s not too late!


April 1, 2020

Learn processes for risk assessment and emergency preparedness and take a deep dive into incident management strategies as needed for the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from all-hazard emergency incidents. Discuss key topics like risk mitigation and—importantly—how and when to make decisions to divert or postpone your meetings.

New Course Date!

April 16, 2020

Crisis Communication Specialist

April 22, 2020

Emergency Preparedness for Events Certificate

Look for additional conversations with leaders about COVID-19 response and industry implications during MPI’s annual 12-hour virtual broadcast of Global Meetings Industry Day. We will connect with our industry leaders and peers from around the world in a live, 12-hour global broadcast and share learnings that are immediately actionable and relevant.

Register for Broadcast


Should your organization make the tough decision to postpone or cancel an upcoming event, MPI’s virtual how-to guide can walk you through the critical steps necessary to take your event online. Alternatively, accommodate attendees who can no longer join you onsite using a hybrid format, types of which can be found in our hybrid how-to.

Please note: These guides are incredibly useful but somewhat dated. You may find a couple of references from bygone eras!

Virtual Meetings How-To

Hybrid Meetings How-To



MPI’s Safety & Security microsite is your resource for risk assessment and emergency planning. It’s a comprehensive overview of important planning components, assessment tools and implementation strategies for safety and security planning and operations for meetings. This series of videos, blog articles and education ensure you understand the steps to creating a secure environment for your participants in seven key areas, including risk assessment, people movement and emergency action planning.

Safety & Security Microsite

Unite for Recovery

The Academy has created a page with more than 20 free on-demand webinars with relevant education for EVERYONE, members and non-members.

Click here for FREE resources

MPI Academy’s library of more than 200 on-demand sessions and webinars offers the education you need to understand contract clauses, assess risk and keep your participants and stakeholders safe. It’s easy to search the MPI Academy site for the education you are looking for or try one of these sought-after knowledge sessions and summits—free for MPI members.

Risk Management: Band-Aids to Bad GuysWATC

Contract Strategies for an Evolving MarketplaceWATC

Safety & Security: It’s Everyone’s Business


The Novel Coronavirus has touched the lives and businesses of many friends and colleagues across the global meeting and event industry. In response, we’re equipping and empowering our community with a campaign to drive people to MPI’s Coronavirus resource Web page. The page will be constantly updated with resources, education, a webinar dialogue series, podcasts and information relating specifically to the virus and our industry. 

The toolkit includes:

  • Social media graphic assets with recommended post text and hyperlinks
  • PowerPoint slide to use as needed
  • Badges that you can proudly display



Message from our Leadership & Community

Coronavirus Survey

Over 800 voices weighed in and offered an incredible perspective on the impact COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is making on the meetings and events industry.

Click below to download a free white paper with the results.


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