There were many successful stories coming from MPI’s 2018 World Education Congress (WEC), which concluded on June 5th in Indianapolis.
There were approximately 2,200 registered attendees and 249 chapter leaders in attendance thanks in part to the 2018 MPI Chapter Business Summit, which was held in conjunction with WEC this year. In total, the mix of attendees represented 35 countries – with the majority being from the US. MPI Hosted Buyer Program had 203 planners and 138 suppliers, who conducted just over 1,800 business appointments in two days. 158 suppliers exhibited throughout the WEC Villages. WEC also delivered more than 80 total education sessions, allowing attendees to earn up to 11 clock hours.
MPI Foundation raised more than $450,000, including contributions raised from Rendezvous, which had nearly 1,200 participants, and through the Text To Give Program; funds will be invested towards scholarships and grants. In comparison, $340,000+ was raised during WEC 2017.
MPI raised more than $250,000 from the President’s Dinner, which had 500 attendees and honored chapter leaders, board members and the 2018 MPI Industry Leader Award recipient – Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association; the funds will support the MPI Academy in developing fresh and innovative educational programs.
1,000 unique users registered for the WEC18 Virtual Pass Program, which features select sessions from each day of the conference; 84 percent were planners and 59 percent were MPI members.
And lastly, The MPI Chair Award that is given in the spirit of recognizing the strength of this community in which members can connect, learn and grow, was presented to Erin Scholes of the MPI San Diego Chapter