• Fourth Annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) Celebrated by NYC & Co.

    POSTED March 29, 2019

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) is having its fourth annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) Thursday, April 4th. NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization and convention & visitors bureau, is proud to support the event. Iconic structures in Brooklyn and Manhattan will shine blue (MMBC’s signature color) to raise awareness of the impact of face-to-face meetings on the global economy and NYC. NYC & Company will also lead and participate in the Tristate Meeting Planner event, drive awareness efforts on the local level, sponsor and partake in regional activations nationwide and join global gatherings.

“It continues to be an honor to annually light New York City blue in celebration of GMID,” says Jerry Cito, executive vice president, Convention Development. “NYC & Company is pleased to spotlight the impact of our industry globally and encourage reflection on the power of face-to-face meetings.”

On April 4 from sundown to 2 a.m., the following Midtown Manhattan partners will shine blue for GMID: the Javits Center’s glass-enclosed 15-story Crystal Palace; the Empire State Building; and the spires of One Bryant Park and 151 West 42nd St. In Lower Manhattan, One World Trade Center and Pier 17 at the Seaport District. Brooklyn’s landmarked Coney Island Parachute Jump will join the annual GMID lightings for the first time.

The city’s celebrations will continue when the NYC & Company Convention Development team hosts the annual Tristate Meeting Planner event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Union Park Events. Nearly 250 planners from across the region will gather for a night of networking.

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.


With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, most people are working from home. Many are social distancing or quarantining with their children, who have transitioned to online classes. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, offices, stores and so much more have been temporarily shut down in many states, affecting daily life in the most unexpected of ways.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that all gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The recommendation covers events like parades, concerts, festivals, conferences, sporting events, weddings and more.