• Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     
  • Snapshots: MPI's World Education Congress

     
    POSTED December 7, 2020
     

Nearly 700 MPI members gathered in Grapevine for Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress (WEC). Held at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, the hybrid convention’s in-person attendees were joined virtually by 1,000-plus additional participants, all coming together under the theme “Reunite for Recovery.” The 2020 WEC set the tone for future events and raised the bar with its Duty of Care health and safety procedures. These included sending name badges, lanyards, masks and personal hand sanitizers in advance to attendees, requiring temperature checks each day as delegates entered the event, incorporating responsible F&B/seating/ barriers precautions, and having social activities with made-to-order and individually packaged food items.

Are your Zoom work calls punctuated by the frenzied barking of your dog warning you of the shenanigans of a pesky squirrel? Do you long for the days when dressing up for work does not include choosing between pajamas and sweatpants? Are you tired of your office colleagues referring to you as “mom” or “dad” and refusing to pick up their rooms?

 

Round Rock is now home to America’s largest indoor water park: Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. The venue showcases a safari theme and includes 22 life-size sculptures that weigh up to 10,000 pounds each and measure up to 10 feet tall. The collection includes 12 elephants, seven zebras, a mother and baby rhinoceros, and a cape buffalo.

 

The New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), along with the Banquet Event Strategic Task Force (BEST Task Force), held an in-person gathering in August, their first since the start of the pandemic.