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Great things happen when people come together. Face-to-face interaction is the platform where deals are struck, relationships are forged and ideas are generated. That’s what Meetings Mean Business is all about: showing the real power of what business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions collectively do for people, businesses and communities.

Personal Connections

There’s no substitute for a handshake and the value of your network can’t be overstated. This conventional wisdom is all true. But beyond the qualitative, there are concrete, tangible outcomes that come from personal connections.

Positive Business Outcomes

Every business needs to make smart decisions with its resources. Hosting a client event, sending a team to a conference, providing employees with incentive travel, and investing in a trade show are significant investments – but what’s the return? Here’s a hint: it’s far more than you think.

Building Strong Communities

The benefits of conventions, events, exhibitions and trade shows ripple beyond the walls of the meeting space. When meetings come to town, everybody benefits. The face-to-face industry creates jobs, generates commerce and creates far-reaching community impact.

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Personal Connections

There’s no substitute for a handshake and the value of your network can’t be overstated. This conventional wisdom is all true. But beyond the qualitative, there are concrete, tangible outcomes that come from personal connections.

Positive Business Outcomes

Every business needs to make smart decisions with its resources. Hosting a client event, sending a team to a conference, providing employees with incentive travel, and investing in a trade show are significant investments – but what’s the return? Here’s a hint: it’s far more than you think.

Building Strong Communities

The benefits of conventions, events, exhibitions and trade shows ripple beyond the walls of the meeting space. When meetings come to town, everybody benefits. The face-to-face industry creates jobs, generates commerce and creates far-reaching community impact.

About the Campaign

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) was created in 2009 by the U.S. Travel Association to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities.

Board of Directors

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
Anaheim / Orange County VCB
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Conference Direct
Convention Industry Council (CIC)
Cruise Lines International Association
Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI)
Disney Destinations
Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau
HelmsBriscoe
Hilton Worldwide
Hyatt Corporation
International Association of Events and Exhibitions (IAEE)
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Maritz Travel
Marriott International
Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
MGM Resorts International
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
Society for Incentive Travel Excellence
Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO)
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
U.S. Travel Association
Visit Orlando

Supporters

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
Choose Chicago
Dallas CVB
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
IHG InterContinental Hotels Group
International Association of Exhibitions & Events
Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rosen Hotels & Resorts
San Antonio CVB
VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visit Seattle

Toolkit

The links and tools listed below provide a comprehensive look at the qualitative, quantitative and monetized value of face-to-face interaction, including meetings, conventions, events, exhibitions and trade shows.

MMB Toolkit

Become up-to-date on the latest tools and resources from across the industry.

Coalition Info 101

One page fact sheet providing you with topline messages from the coalition.

Talking Points

Messaging document specific to each of the campaign’s three pillars: creating personal connections, driving positive business outcomes and building strong communities.

FAQ

Provides detailed answers to the prominent questions from industry leaders.

What Others Are Saying

Find out what leaders across industries are saying about meetings and events.

Brand Standards

This document provides an overview of the MMB brand as well as guidelines on how to use the design assets and creative materials provided.

Social Media Content

Drafted content for sharing across coalition members’ individual social channels.

Industry Data Library

Use our Industry Data Library to keep up-to-date with new data and research spanning the entire meetings and events industry.

2 Minute Interview with Bill McDermott at IMEX America 2014

During this live interview event at IMEX 2014 in Las Vegas, Bill McDermott, Global CEO of SAP, explained his passion for meetings and events and discussed how the industry has shaped his career. 

2013 CEIR Index Results Released

The CEIR Index analyzes the 2013 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years.

2015 Meetings Forecast

American Express’ forecast for the meeting and events industry, includes global and regional trend information.

5 Minute Interview with Bill McDermott at IMEX America 2014

During this live interview event at IMEX 2014 in Las Vegas, Bill McDermott, Global CEO of SAP, explained his passion for meetings and events and discussed how the industry has shaped his career. 

9 Ways Meetings Will Impact Hotels in 2015

In this co-branded report from Meetings Mean Business and Social Tables, you’ll learn the dynamic impact that meetings have on hotels through a compilation of industry reports.

A Conference Call in Real Life

Video that brings to life the awkward moments of a conference calls.

Newsroom

Read the latest news about the campaign and the meetings and events industry.

MeetingsNet
BuzzFeed
Successful Meetings
International Meetings Review
Meeting Mentor Magazine
Association Now