• GMID 2019 Celebrates Record-Breaking Attendance

     
    POSTED April 25, 2019
     

This year's Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) took the country by storm with 275 events taking place across 53 countries, breaking all previous records. This was an increase from GMID 2018 with 206 events in 41 countries. The events of GMID 2019 were also done on a much larger scale, with 250 to 400 professionals attending each of them.

"When GMID began, we focused primarily on saturating our internal, grassroots audience. As GMID entered its fourth year and the majority of our industry was already familiar with it, we wanted to position GMID as a day for more than just the meetings industry and increase participation among leaders in our priority external audiences," says Jenny Waldmann, senior consultant at APCO Worldwide.

Event hosts engaged more with local business leaders, elected officials and the media to strengthen engagement this year, Waldmann says. "We saw greatly expanded engagement in Africa, Asia and the Middle East this year with a lot of first-time hosts," she says.

With the meetings economy thriving, Waldmann says she foresees future GMID events to continue growing in attendance. 

"GMID creates new partnerships and organic growth opportunities in markets outside of the U.S., and it serves as a rallying cry for meeting professionals at every level," Waldmann says.

The U.S. Travel Association has called the current moment the “Great Travel Depression,” in light of the economic effects resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.