With the release of the Convention Industry Council’s economic significance study, U.S. meeting professionals can confidently claim to be part of an industry that contributes more to the national economy than auto manufacturing.
Last week, I saw the future of meeting venues. Just 88 days before the April opening date for the new Ottawa Convention Centre, members of the OCC Advisory Board donned hard hats, steel-toed boots, reflective vests, and safety glasses to tour a project for which the local meetings industry had been fighting, lobbying, and begging for 15 years.
Convention centers are at ground zero for many of the changes that are sweeping the meetings industry. So it’s encouraging that the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) is emphasizing the impact and results that make face-to-face meetings worthwhile.