Toronto has won the bid to host Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) World Education Congress (WEC) in 2019. Tourism Toronto made the announcement at last week’s MPI Toronto National Meetings Industry Day (NMID) event.
“It’s always an honour to be recognized by our peers,” said David Whitaker, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Hosting MPI’s World Education Congress in 2019 is an opportunity to show the ‘new Toronto’ to some of the industry’s most influential decision makers.”
“This is a live audition in front of many of North America’s top meeting planners, each of whom has the potential to drive future business by selecting Toronto for an upcoming meeting,” said Tara Gordon, vice-president of Meeting, Convention and Incentive Travel Sales for Tourism Toronto.
WEC was last held in Toronto in 2002. The 2019 edition of the conference is expected to bring 2,500 meeting planners to the city.
Toronto’s convention sector reached new heights in 2014 by booking a record number of future hotel room nights for conventions and meetings. In 2014, Tourism Toronto and its partners confirmed 665 future meetings and conventions including 13 major conventions to be hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In all, these meetings will bring 463,400 attendees to the Toronto region, generating 640,345 hotel room nights.
Over the past year, Toronto hosted such global events as Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (6,500 attendees), the International Astronautical Federation (2,500 attendees), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (4,500 attendees), Million Dollar Round Table (7,000 attendees), Lions Club International (15,000 attendees), and Amway India (4,000 attendees).