New Orleans joined cities across the globe in celebrating the impact of meetings and live events on Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau along with MPI Gulf States Chapter held a special luncheon, featuring an address by industry icon Donald S. (Don) Freeman, Jr., Chairman of Freeman, at the Convention Center. The event was held during the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Region 5 Conference. IAVM educates, advocates for, and inspires public assembly venues worldwide.
The program included a charitable donation from New Orleans Tourism industry officials in support of budding musicians who are poised to carry on local musical traditions for years to come. The Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp for Kids was presented a $2,500 check from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, with a matching donation from the proceeds of the event. An additional check for $3,300 was presented to IAVM Region 5 to support their various programs including scholarships for aspiring industry professionals. GMID attendees also pledged funds to the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp for Kids, via a text message donation campaign.
Lead by the industry advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB), GMID 2017 showcases the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. MMB joins forces with the Convention Industry Council (CIC), U.S. Travel Association, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence(SITE), COCAL and other groups. In one united voice they will advocate for the industry, showing that meetings make a difference no matter the location.
New Orleans Tourism Industry Officials Present Donation Checks to The Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp for
Kids at Global Meetings Industry Day.
Pictured: Cara Banasch, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; Don Freeman, Chairman, Freeman; Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; Nina Simmons, IAVM Board of Directors and Director of the Student Activity Center and Venue Management, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Bob Johnson, President and General Manager, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; Tim Hemphill, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.