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Go, Do, Note: The News Headlines You Need to Know

By M+E Staff

Hello readers,

There’s so much news to report as 2014 wraps up that we’re giving you the brief Cliff Notes before you log-off for the holidays.

Go: PCMA, January 11-14, 2015

The Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders meeting comes to town next month for the first time in 20 years. It will bring upwards of 4,000 attendees to McCormick Place, including 2,000 meeting and event professionals in the association, corporate and third party meetings markets looking to choose Chicago as their upcoming destination. Be part of the conversation by registering for either the in-person or hybrid program.

Do: The 2015 Illinois Excellence in Tourism Awards

If you’re planning to register for the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism, make sure to submit your eligible entry for the Illinois Excellence in Tourism Awards, which will be announced at a dinner ceremony on the conference’s opening night on Monday, February 2, 2015. Categories include the bests in leisure collateral, sales collateral, social media marketing, cooperative partnership, branding initiative, website, visitors publication, event or festival, tourism marketing campaign, hotel/lodging marketing campaign, culinary marketing campaign and friend of tourism award. All entries must be submitted by January 15, 2015.

*Also don’t forget to vote for Illinois Meetings + Events Best Of Awards by January 19, 2015!

Note: The First Annual North American Meetings Industry Day

For the first time ever our industry has an official holiday! On April 16, 2015 meetings and event professionals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will come together to celebrate the North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID). It aims to showcase the substantial value of meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, tradeshows and exhibitions to drive positive business outcomes, create personal relationships and build strong communities. Organizations and chapters across North America will hold events to recognize the day with Meetings Mean Business (MMB) spearheading activities in the States. Materials will be distributed with suggested NAMID activities, sample materials, campaign collateral and other advocacy information. Register here to get your packet and plan for the special date in the new year.

Happy Planning, and Happy Holidays!

Selena Fragassi
Illinois Meetings + Events