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Global Meeting Industry Day 2024

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We celebrate the power of meetings and events to drive innovation, growth, and connections around the world on Global Meetings Industry Day 2024 on April 11.

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) not only celebrates the way communities benefit from meetings and events but reminds the wider community of the positive social and economic benefits that happen when we gather to collaborate.

At Ottawa Tourism, we are proud to be a part of the global meeting industry, and we recognize the vital role that our industry plays in supporting our local economy and community. From major conventions and conferences to smaller meetings and events, our city has been the backdrop for countless gatherings that have brought people from all walks of life together.

April 16, 2024, marks the first time that the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) will devote a day during National Tourism Week (April 15-19) to increasing awareness of the business events sector.

Following GMID tradition, meeting sites across the country will be #LightingUpBlue to commemorate the day.  And to mark the occasion of Global Meeting Industry Day 2024 in Ottawa, the Shaw Centre, one of our premier event venues in Ottawa, will be lighting up blue in honor of this important day of advocacy. This special lighting display is a tribute to the many professionals who work tirelessly to make meetings and events happen, and a symbol of our industry's resilience, innovation, and importance.

But beyond the economic impact, meetings and events have the power to inspire, educate and drive positive change. They provide a platform for sharing ideas, building relationships, and sparking innovation. In an increasingly divided and polarized world, meetings and events can bring people together in a spirit of collaboration and mutual understanding.

If you’re interested in attending an industry event on April 11, Meetings Mean Business Canada has compiled a list of events that range from networking sessions to educational workshops.

As we celebrate Global Meeting Industry Day 2024, we invite you to join us in recognizing the power of our industry to shape a better future for all. Whether you are a meeting planner, an event attendee or simply someone who values the connections and learning that come from gathering with others, your support is crucial to ensuring that our industry continues to thrive and make a positive impact on the world.

Let us come together today to celebrate the global meeting industry and all the amazing professionals who make it happen. Let us commit to continuing to innovate and collaborate as we navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead. And let us remember the power of our industry to bring people together and make a positive impact on the world.

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