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  • MPI Spring 2015 Edition of Meetings Outlook report now available

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2015 Spring Edition. The newest instalment of the quarterly special report indicates 2015 is shaping up to be the year of intelligent growth for the meeting and event industry due to continuing periods of stability and moderate economic improvement. Key findings include the following: 74 per cent of meeting professionals expect overall business conditions to improve in the near future. Location-based functions (specifically, seamless check-in and facilitating attendee networking) are the…

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  • MPI appoints Michael Woody as chief operations officer

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the selection of industry veteran Michael Woody as its new chief operations officer (COO). In this role, Woody will lead the daily operations and marketing efforts of the association, ensuring the delivery of community-wide member value and brand consistency. He will officially begin the role on March 23, 2015, reporting to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer. Woody has more than 27 years of experience in the meeting and event, hospitality and tourism…

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  • MPI collaborates with DMAI to provide planning tool for meeting planners

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has partnered with Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) in an effort to help MPI members and non-members with sourcing locations for meetings and events. MPI recently incorporated the Destination Finder tool, powered by DMAI’s empowerMINT.com, into its website. Through the web portal, meeting professionals can quickly research and compare destinations as well as get connected to contacts at destination marketing organizations – also known as convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) – representing destinations, hotels and convention…

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  • MPI’s Meetings Outlook, 2015 Winter Edition report now available

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2015 Winter Edition. The newest instalment of the quarterly special report indicates business is up and getting healthier. Though, the rising global seller’s market will continue to task meeting professionals suffering from shorter lead times and budgets that aren’t keeping pace with costs. Key findings include the following: 70 per cent of meeting professionals expect overall business conditions to improve in the near future. 49 per cent of respondents anticipate a…

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  • MPI appoints Susan Prophet as sales leader in Canada

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced today the selection of Susan Prophet as its new director of business development in Canada. She will be responsible for management of strategic partnerships and sales activity for the association and the MPI Foundation within the country. “I am very excited to have Susan on our Global Business Development Team. She is a well-respected and proven leader across Canada and brings an extensive network of relationships and experiences to our organization. We view Canada…

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  • Green Key Global is inaugural member of Meeting Professionals International Affinity Program

    Green Key Global (GKG) is pleased to announce their inclusion in Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) Affinity Program, an initiative designed to give back to the meeting and event industry through the MPI Foundation Education Endowment. Earlier this year, GKG announced the release of version 2.0 of the Green Key Meetings Program, a comprehensive environmental assessment tool for facilities, both lodging and non-lodging, that host meetings of any scale. Building on their longstanding collaboration with MPI, Green Key Global will now…

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  • MPI appoints Darren Temple as Chief Business Development Officer

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the selection of industry veteran Darren Temple as its new chief business development officer. In this role, Temple will lead strategic business development and global sales planning for the association. He will officially begin the role in mid-September 2014, reporting to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer. Temple has 25 years of both domestic and international experience in the meeting and event industry and joins MPI from the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau…

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  • MPI publishes summer edition of Meetings Outlook report

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2014 Summer Edition. The newest installment of the quarterly special report shows meetings overall are expected to grow, with virtual meetings predicted to develop at twice the rate of face-to-face meetings, budgets are not keeping pace. Key findings include the following: Virtual meeting attendance is anticipated to grow by 3.9 per cent, almost twice the rate of live attendance (two per cent), over the next year. 52 per cent of U.S.…

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  • Meeting Professionals International confirms 2014-2015 leadership

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announces its 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Volunteer Chairs as well as the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees and Council Members for July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. Kevin G. Kirby, principal of the Kirby Consulting Group LLC, assumes the role of chairman of the MPI Board of Directors. Gus Vonderheide, vice president of global sales-Americas at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, will serve as chairman of the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees. Since…

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  • MPI publishes Spring Edition of 2014 Meetings Outlook Report

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings OutlookTM, 2014 Spring Edition. The newest installment of the quarterly special report predicts continued growth in virtual and hybrid meetings and slight shifts in budgets while reporting on the overall health of the meeting and event industry. Key findings include the following: 66 per cent of respondents predict larger attendance numbers for virtual events in the near future, compared to 53 per cent who anticipate larger numbers in live event attendance. 73…

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