On April 4, meetings professionals across the world will gather to showcase the impact the industry has on people, businesses and the economy on Global Meetings Industry Day. On this international day of advocacy, the meetings industry is also recognizing the unique role its associates play in the ending human trafficking. Chapters across the country are raising awareness of the issue and highlight how we can work together to protect children from exploitation.
Register for one of the events below to join the fight! We’re also making a special announcement on #GMID. Check our site on April 4th or learn more live at the events in NYC or Philadelphia!
In New York City
Global Meeting Industry Day Education & Engagement Event
Join SITE Northeast, Meeting Professionals International and PCMA NYC chapters in a special education and engagement presentation on Global Meetings Industry Day in conjunction with ECPAT-USA. You'll hear from speakers Carol Smolenski, Shanifa Bennett, Robin Carter, Jessica Schultz and David Peckinpaugh on how you and your company can fight the global issue of human trafficking.
In the Bay Area
GMID Networking Event Benefiting ECPAT-USA
Join leaders from across the meetings and events industry at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.
Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry
Join PCMA Greater Philadelphia Chapter & MPI PHL at a special session shedding some light on the problem of human trafficking and how those in the hospitality industry can increase awareness of the issue. ECPAT-USA will be speaking alongside Hilton, Philadelphia CVB, Covenant House PA, and FBI.
Last January, ECPAT-USA launched a new e-learning to help previously untapped sectors of the travel industry - including the meetings industry - join the fight to end human trafficking. Through the training, meetings professionals are given the tools to identify and respond to trafficking as well as how to take action with clients and suppliers. The e-learning and free resources for travel professionals are available anytime online.