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#eventprofs Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day

The Twitterverse is full of GMID posts on the educational, professional, and networking events taking place. And cakes. Lots of cakes.

Global Meetings Industry Day kicked off in North America with iconic buildings being lit up in blue for the day, including the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center in New York and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.

GMID originated in Canada in 1997, where the meetings industry now contributes $33 billion in direct spending and 229,000 jobs, but the day is now marked in 40 countries around the world, from London, Ontario to London, U.K., and also virtually.

While GMID is primarily a day of advocacy for the industry that contributes $2.53 trillion to the global economy every year, it is also a day to celebrate the accomplishments of event professionals. Twitter user Jen Kay, who is participating in Meeting Professionals International’s 12-hour broadcast remotely, applauded Jessie States, CMP, for using the term “event strategist” saying, “Many don’t understand or appreciate there is more to events than planning.” 

The Four Seasons Mumbai posted a photo of some mouthwatering GMID-themed desserts. 

 

Based on an unscientific survey of GMID images a lot of event professionals are eating a lot of cakes today. Check out this trick shot video posted by Christy Lamagna, president of SME Events. 

One Danish event professional was even inspired to write poetry:

 

How are you celebrating?

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