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MPI Enhancing WEC 2016 Networking Experience

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is introducing a new registration option for the 2016 World Education Congress (WEC) being held June 11-14 Atlantic City.

The new WEC Networking Package will grant exclusive entry to all four evening events, including the MPI Foundation’s Rendezvous which will be headlined by the Grammy® Award-winning brand Train.

In addition, the association has created the Meeting Ambassador Program (MAP) to help attendees make the most of their WEC 2016 experience. The program will pair up any interested attendee (mentee/explorer) who would like tips and advice for navigating the conference with a past WEC attendee (ambassador/navigator). The program includes the MAP Meet and Greet Reception, MAP Lounge and WEC for Me sessions. Attendees are encouraged to sign-up early for the program during online registration.

“Year after year, attendees tell us how valuable WEC is for growing their professional networks,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We understand how critical networking is to the business of meeting and event planning, so we offer an array of opportunities for our attendees to connect. This year, we believe the new networking package will be especially popular with the supplier community.”

WEC 2016 Evening Networking Events

  • Opening Night Celebration – Attendees will sample exceptional cuisine from more than 20 local restaurants at the Bally’s Atlantic City Beach Bar, located near the Atlantic Ocean. Hosted by Caesars Entertainment, this beach party is scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 11th. Afterwards, WEC attendees may continue socializing from 10:00 p.m.  to midnight at the iconic Steel Pier amusement park.
  • The Big Deal – Presented by the MPI Foundation, this official World Series of Poker satellite tournament will take place on Sunday, June 12th from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City. WEC attendees not playing in the tournament will enjoy networking, music, dancing, raffles, games and more thanks to presenting sponsors Caesars Entertainment and Encore Event Technologies.
  • Rendezvous – This MPI Foundation signature networking and fundraising event is slated fro Monday, June 13th from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at WAV, a new nightclub on Atlantic City’s waterfront opening this spring at The Playground Pier at Caesars Atlantic City. The event will feature a performance by Train. Presenting sponsors are Meet AC and Team San Jose.
  • Closing Night Celebration – Hosted by Meet AC and Caesars Entertainment, this closing party will be held Tuesday, June 14th fro 7 – 10 p.m. at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. It will be deejayed by dance/pop music creator Redfoo at LMFAO.

“As your WEC host, Meet AC has worked very hard to enhance your social networking opportunities, while also experiencing Atlantic City to its fullest,” said Jim Wood, president and CEO of Meet AC. “As the industry continues to grow, the networking events are crucial to attend and connect with professionals on a personal level.”

“Caesars Entertainment is thrilled to be hosting the Opening Night Celebration at Bally’s Beach Bar, The Big Deal at Caesars Atlantic City and the Closing Night Celebration at The Pool After dark at Harrah’s,” said Michael Massari, senior vice-president of national meetings and events at Caesars Entertainment. “We’re all in the business of face-to-face meetings, and we understand that networking with our peers is a valuable and inspiring experience. We’ve had the pleasure of being able to work with the city and Meet AC, to coordinate these exciting opportunities for the attendees of WEC 2016 to network and connect.”


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