Northstar Meeting Group, June 17, 2021 - "We have weathered the storm," Paul VanDeventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International, told the crowd during the opening session at MPI's 2021 World Education Congress. WEC is said to be the first major industry event of 2021, with an estimated 1,229 in-person attendees and an additional 568 digital participants. The 25th annual WEC is being held at the newly built Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, from June 15-17.
"Last year, the world was given an invaluable lesson about our industry. Granted, it was a painful and costly lesson. But the world learned what it's like to live without face-to-face interactions, and the world did not like it," said VanDeventer. "The value of face-to-face meetings has never been clearer, and the desire to gather in person has never been stronger."