• Updates and News Surrounding WEC 2018 & SPINCon 2018

    POSTED April 18, 2018

MPI World Education Congress 2018

MPI has announced the keynote speaker lineup for this year’s World Education Congress (WEC) made up of five inspiring individuals including a brand innovator, a former Disney executive, a mechanical engineer and social commentator, an entertainment producer, and a CNN legal and social commentator. The talks will take place during the all-new pep rallies, which will kick off and wrap up each day of the conference. Day one is focusing on inspiration to start designing experiences, day two will focus on ideation to receive ideas and tools to start designing experiences, and day three is focusing on activation where attendees will be given tools to act now.

Dustin Garis, LifeProfit: “Revolt Against Routine and Create Memorable Experiences” Day 1 (Inspiration Focus) – Sunday Opening Pep Rally: June 3, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied: “Valuing Diversity and Beating Bias”
Day 1 (Inspiration Focus) – Sunday Afternoon Pep Rally: June 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Michael Cerbelli, Cerbelli Creative: “MICHAEL CERBELLI’S: THE HOT LIST™: 2018 2.0”
Day 2 (Ideation Focus) – Monday Morning Pep Rally: June 4, 8:30-9:45 a.m. Note: Doors open for pre-show at 8:00 a.m.

Duncan Wardle, ID8&INNOV8, LLC: “Think Different - Creating Better Ideas Faster and Enjoying the Process Along the Way”
Day 2 (Ideation Focus) – Monday Afternoon Pep Rally: June 4, 4:25-5:00 p.m.

Mel Robbins: “How 5 Second Decisions Change Your Life”
Day 3 (Activation Focus) – Tuesday Morning Pep Rally: June 5, 8:30-9:15 a.m.

Dena Blizzard, a former Miss New Jersey and comedian, will also return this year as the emcee for the event, which is taking place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis from June 2-5.

SPINCon 2018

Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) recently announced that SPINCon 2018 will take place on November 11-13 at The Don Cesar in St Pete Beach, Florida.

“I am so excited that we were selected to host this year’s conference,” said Todd Gehrke, director of sales, The Don Cesar. “I worked with the SPINCon team when at a previous venue and am glad to be working with them again.”

“We are thrilled to be bringing SPINCon back to Florida, and we will work hard make this year’s experience very memorable,” said Suzanne Hackman, director of meetings and conferences at VSPC. “The entire hospitality community is looking forward to working with the SPINCon Planning Committee to showcase our area to SPIN members.”

Each year SPINCon is designed to be a unique experience, while always focusing on the whole meeting professional. This year, members will be asked to submit session topic ideas to be voted on, embodying SPIN’s motto, “By our members. For our members.” The SPINCon planning committee will then finalize the theme and program. SPINCon is an annual conference for the association, which is the largest senior-level planners group in the world.

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.