Visit Albuquerque and several industry partners came together last Thursday to support Global Meetings Industry Day (#GMID17). A campaign driven by Meetings Mean Business—an industry-wide coalition that showcases the value of the meetings industry—Global Meetings Industry Day is celebrated across the globe as a means to demonstrate the measurable impact that meetings have on businesses, economies, and communities.
Visit Albuquerque holds successful Global Meetings Industry Day celebration. Photo credit: MarbleStreetStudio.com
“Meetings and events have a undeniable impact on the Albuquerque community as a whole,” said Tania Armenta, President & CEO of Visit Albuquerque. “We—along with our partners—were honored to be able to showcase the importance of the meetings industry in Albuquerque and to be able to take part in the global conversation that illustrates the true value of these types of events.”
Meetings mean business in Albuquerque, with Visit Albuquerque alone booking more than 370 meetings and events each year, which bring in an estimated $73 million to the city.
As a cornerstone of the celebration, Visit Albuquerque and community partners announced Albuquerque as the host city for the National Speech & Debate Association’s 2020 National Tournament. NSDA Executive Director J. Scott Wunn, City of Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Raquel Reedy and the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association were all present to take part in the announcement.
Partners of Albuquerque’s GMID celebration event included the Albuquerque Convention Center, Meeting Professionals International – New Mexico Chapter (MPI-NM), the Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers Association (GAIA) and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.