Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau to Participate in First-Ever Global Meetings Industry Day

DALLAS – (April 12, 2016) The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (Dallas CVB) is pleased to announce participation in the first-ever Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). On April 14, 2016, the Dallas CVB will join forces with the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB) to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities across the globe.

"Big business happens in Dallas," said Phillip Jones, President and CEO of the Dallas CVB. "In fact, Dallas is ranked among the top ten destinations for meetings and conventions in the nation, and the meetings industry provided an economic impact of $1.6 billion to the Dallas economy last year. We couldn't be happier to join in this effort to promote the global importance of the meetings industry."

In support of Global Meetings Industry Day, the Dallas CVB hosted a Dallas BIG Fun photo contest in which participants were encouraged to submit a unique photo, displaying a Global Meetings Sign at various Dallas locations to highlight the best reasons to choose Dallas as a meeting destination.

"With the help of organizations such as the Dallas CVB, we can demonstrate the critical role our industry plays in building personal relationships, driving positive outcomes and supporting strong communities," said Michael Dominguez, MMB co-chair and senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International.

GMID marks the expansion of North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID), held earlier this year in the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Latin America. NAMID included 88 events across the continent as well as robust conversations online and 3.2 million social media impressions. A NAMID billboard was featured all day in Times Square and Caesars Entertainment "Turned the Strip Blue" in Las Vegas with NAMID logos and signage. In Mexico, a collaboration agreement was signed between the federal government, the tourism board and all 11 meetings industry associations.

"GMID will unites the meetings industry in a way that has never been done before," said David Peckinpaugh, former MMB co-chair and president of Maritz Travel. "The growth and success of our industry are critical to the world's economy and we look forward to communicating our value on the global stage."

To learn more about GMID, please visit meetingsmeanbusiness.com/GMID.

About Meetings Mean Business

The Meetings Mean Business coalition was created in 2009 to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face meeting and events industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities. For more information, visit MeetingsMeanBusiness.com and download the app on iTunes and Google Play.