Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has released the dates and locations for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of its annual conference, the World Education Congress (WEC). MPI’s president and CEO Paul Van Deventer made the announcement during the opening general session of WEC 2015 in San Francisco.
Starting in 2016, MPI will hold WEC during the June to early July timeframe. This strategic decision was made based on membership feedback regarding scheduling conflicts with summer vacation plans, school breaks, Canada’s Civic Holiday, and other industry events. As previously reported, WEC 2016 will take place June 11-14, at the Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, NJ.
WEC 2017 will be held in Las Vegas from July 9-12 at the MGM Grand. It is the fourth time Las Vegas has hosted the annual conference. “We are honored to host WEC 2017 and excited to showcase the energy and excitement only Las Vegas can deliver,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “There’s a reason Las Vegas hosts more than 22,000 meetings a year. We offer an exceptional experience for delegates allowing them to conduct serious business and networking while also enjoying world class dining and entertainment found nowhere else.”
WEC 2018 will be held June 2-5 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. It is the first time Indianapolis has hosted the conference. “Indy has a well-earned reputation as a great event city, having hosted Super Bowl XLVI, numerous NCAA Men’s Final Fours and, of course, the Indy 500, but it’s also one of the fastest-growing convention and meeting destinations in the world,” said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy.
WEC 2019 is scheduled for June 11-14 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. MPI previously held the conference in the city in 2002. “Our community looks forward to welcoming back MPI and its partners for another exceptional international meeting,” said Andrew Weir, executive vice-president of Tourism Toronto. “When World Education Congress brings the leaders of our industry together in Toronto, attendees will find inspiration both in the content of the meeting and the surrounding city experience.”
“We are very excited about each of these destinations and believe WEC attendees will enjoy them as well,” said Van Deventer. “Each year, MPI strives to enhance the education and programming we deliver at WEC, so we look forward to working with our host city partners to enrich the attendee experience in the coming years.”