A Message from Kurt Paben, CEO of Hosts Global, for Global Meetings Industry Day 2024

Dear Friends, Partners, and Colleagues,  

As we celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2024, I am filled with a profound sense of pride and gratitude for the incredible journey we have embarked upon together. Today, we stand united in commemorating an event that not only highlights the indispensable value of our industry but also showcases the boundless possibilities that arise when people come together. 

At Hosts Global, along with our 40+ Global Alliance Members and Strategic Partners, we are thrilled to join hands with the global community in celebrating the impactful contributions of business meetings, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences, and conventions to individuals, businesses, and communities worldwide. GMID has indeed become a pivotal platform, advocating for the immeasurable benefits our industry brings to the table—ranging from tangible economic boosts to the intangible wealth of knowledge, connections, and mutual respect fostered through face-to-face interactions. 

Initiated by the Meetings Mean Business coalition and championed by dedicated professionals across the globe, GMID serves as a powerful reminder of the critical role business events play in driving economic activity, sparking innovation, and facilitating knowledge exchange. In a world that is constantly evolving, the ability to adapt and innovate has never been more crucial. Business events not only serve as catalysts for these transformations but also as platforms for investment and growth, underscoring their invaluable contribution to global economies. 

This year, as we embrace the theme of “discovery” at Hosts Global, we are inspired to delve deeper into the essence of what brings us together. GMID 2024 is a celebration of discovery in its myriad forms—discovering possibilities, connections, zeal, wonder, creativity, and the legendary moments that define our experiences. It is a testament to the power of our industry to not only convene people but to inspire them, to challenge them, and to help them grow. 

The magic of discovery lies in its ability to open our eyes to new perspectives, to bridge gaps between cultures, and to ignite a shared passion for creating a more connected, understanding, and vibrant world. In every meeting planned, every incentive trip crafted, and every conference convened, there lies an opportunity for discovery—a chance to unearth new ideas, forge lasting relationships, and contribute to a legacy that extends far beyond the confines of our events. 

As we mark GMID 2024, let us recommit ourselves to the mission that drives us—to create meaningful, impactful, and transformative experiences that celebrate the human spirit of curiosity and connection. Let us continue to champion the undeniable value of our industry, not just in terms of economic impact but as a vital force for good in the world. 

To all who make up this incredible community—thank you. Your dedication, creativity, and resilience are the heartbeat of our industry. Together, we are not just planning events; we are shaping the future, one discovery at a time. 

Here’s to discovering a world of possibilities together. 

Warmest regards, 

Kurt Paben
CEO, Hosts Global 

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