The Minneapolis Convention Center will be a familiar site for meeting planners of all types over the next three years as it hosts three different meetings industry association conventions between now and 2015.
Overall, 5,500 meeting planners will be coming to Minneapolis in the next few years, starting with the Religious Conference Management Association’s Emerge Conference, which runs January 29–February 1, 2013. RCMA specializes in faith-based meetings and events and its members plan roughly 14,000 meetings and events of all sorts, attracting more than 11 million participants each year. The rebranded and redesigned Emerge conference expects to bring 1,300 attendees to Minneapolis.
In 2014, Meeting Professionals International will bring its World Education Congress to the destination from August 2–5. The WEC is expected to bring 3,200 meeting professionals to Minneapolis.
In 2015, the Society of Government Meeting Professionals will hold its National Education Conference and Expo in Minneapolis April 27–30.SGMP members include federal, state, and local government employees as well asmeeting planners who specialize in government-related events. SGMP’s National Education Conference expects to bring 1,000 meeting professionals to the city.
The estimated economic impact of these three conventions alone is a combined $3,941,329. MPI will contribute the most, with an estimated $1,839,379, while RCMA is estimated to contribute $1,470,300, and SGMP another $631,650.Also,attendeeshave the potential to bring future convention business to the destination, making them highly sought-after, and potentially lucrative, for Minneapolis.
“Bringing 5,500 meeting planners here to experience our destination firsthand is invaluable; each planner will experience personally our hospitality community, venue, transportation, attractions, and all the attributes that help them hold successful meetings,” says Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “We are thrilled to welcome these three prestigious groups to Minneapolis in the next three years.”