As concerns over the coronavirus outbreak continue to mount and the list of cancelled events grows longer, Meeting Professionals International issued a message of support to is members. The industry association said it will double down on providing resources and up-to-date information on COVID-19 and plans to set an example that events can go on.
"Whether through providing education and connections in advance of, during and after situations like this or disseminating current information as occurrences unfold, we will ensure our community is prepared, informed and in-tune with ongoing developments," said MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer in a letter. "Of equal importance, we will be at the front lines to spur global economic growth and stability as the current crisis ends and we shift our attention towards recovery."
A series of webcasts and educational materials about coronavirus have been added to MPI Academy. The new assets build on existing material about risk mitigation and overcoming event challenges. A coronavirus page has also been established to keep MPI members updated on industry news, research and more.
The World Education Congress is expected to continue as scheduled. MPI said it has no plans to cancel or postpone the event, which is scheduled to take place June 6-9 in Grapevine, Texas. On the contrary, MPI has added new programing to the WEC Grapevine agenda that is specific to coronavirus management and recovery.
"WEC Grapevine may be the first large-scale gathering for our community as recovery begins, making this a key opportunity for our industry to band together and rally behind the positive impact we can make on our world," said Van Deventer. "As we have done for nearly 50 years, MPI will continue to provide the leadership, knowledge and connections that facilitate positive impact. Because when we meet, we do change the world."