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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.

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


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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 removes viruses that may be on your hands.  

Maintain Social Distancing

Maintain at least 2 meters (6 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:

All webinars are recorded and will be available after the event has concluded. To access these webinars follow the link under the "Unite for Recovery: Free Education for MPI Members"



There is no doubt that the COVID-19 epidemic has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. And as marketers, we’ve seen how that change has affected how we reach and interact with customers. We’ve pulled together the latest statistics in a single infographic to help you understand the changing shopping habits of consumers.


For this video and article, the AMA spoke with two leading academics about how the marketplace contributes to racial oppression, and how marketing scholars and practitioners can collaborate to track and analyze racial data that elicits change.


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.


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!



The Academy offers relevant educational resources with more than 20 on-demand webinars free to MPI members.

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Mediasite Events

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.


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



Here are industry guidelines provided by the U.S. Travel Association for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers as we begin to reopen America.  To meet these objectives, the travel industry—hotels, resorts, airports, airlines, attractions, restaurants, retail, rental cars, meeting venues, event producers, travel advisors, cruise lines, vacation rentals etc.— has come together, working with health and medical experts, to reach a collective agreement on a core set of health and safety guidance that the industry may adapt to their businesses.


Marketing During a Pandemic 

This resource guide and e-book have guidance on marketing best practices, tools and tips for marketing during the COVID era.



Industry Recovery Survey

MPI needs your feedback on innovation, sustainability and wellnessIn partnership with MGM Resorts International and IMEX Group, this survey gauges the business landscape and the challenges for event professionals during the pandemic. The meeting and event industry has seemingly advanced five years in a few months in 2020. The result for some has been a lot of compressed, forced innovation. In an effort to identify innovation successes and future needs we would love to hear from you.


Hear from our Leadership & Community

Podcast Series

This week's podcast sponsored by Marriott International and American Airlines.

Wellbeing Resources

MPI has prepared a list of resources to help you get through theses difficult times of COVID-19 and to provide mindful, purposeful life resources to help you thrive physically, financially, and relationally no matter your circumstances. 

Professional Resources

Hospitality + Events COVID Response Hotline 

Are you a hotel, supplier, or event professional interested in support the COVID-19 health crisis? The Hospitality + Events Fight Back (HEFB-20) COVID Response Team connects the hospitality + events industries with hospitals, local governments, and communities to offer services and logistical support for: 

  • Converting hotel/event space to treatment facilities
  • Housing for medical workers, homeless, and overflow shelters
  • Quarantine facilities
  • Testing centers for active infections and antibody testing
  • Any other type of facility needs (ie. Food banks, dining facilities, etc.) 

Offer support and join the coalition here. #industryunites 

Supporters: Syzygy Cities, Soundings Connect, Cvent

Cvent Supports You

Cvent is committed to you during these challenging times, offering free Cvent Certifications to all event industry professionals who could benefit from the opportunity to get certified. Use the discount code LEVELUP2020 to access training and get certified online to elevate your skills. Cvent offers three different certifications to help you grow and succeed as a meeting and event planner.



Has your position been impacted by COVID-19?

Our team will share helpful resources on this page in an effort to help those in transition. Check back often as we’ll update information as the situation evolves.


As members of the Event and hospitality, we owe it to each other to help support the workforce that makes what we do possible each and every day. We started this database to help those employees who are in between jobs, got let go, or their company recently went under. 

If you're looking to bring someone on in a contract capacity during this crisis, please source from this list of the people who need our help the most. If you're unable to bring someone onto your team right now, then let's all make an effort to reach out once the crisis is over.


There are resources to help you get through these difficult times of COVID-19. A number of relief programs are available from Government departments, and banks and large financial institutions are being incentivized, at the Federal level, to provide relief for local businesses. Here are eight financial tools to combat COVID-19.


The MPI Foundation has partnered with nestaPPE to offer a selection of branded personal protective equipment (PPE) to complement your team's protection.

Personalize your PPE with your company logo or creative design. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to support the MPI Foundation. 

Enter the password MPIF to gain access to the MPI-exclusive shop!


MPI Career Center

At MPI's career center, we have dedicated employment listings for meeting professionals like you. Let MPI connect you with real opportunities available now.

Available Jobs

Special Report: Novel Coronavirus

The Meeting Professional teamed up with many of your industry colleagues to provide important knowledge, resources and even a little hope so that you can keep business going and come out stronger and more prepared for what lies ahead.


Coronavirus Special Report

Hotel Status Directory

Meeting & Events Planners: learn which hotels are currently opened or closed for both group and transient business, which hotels are currently accepting new group RFP’s, and who to contact.

Hotels: Submit your hotel’s current status for free and we will post it in the directory for our community of over 80,000 planners to access.

MPI News

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