PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE comments the Global Meetings Industry Day:
“This is a day for global celebration in the business events industry. We experience every day how business events drive economic outcomes for local communities and social progress around the world. On Global Meetings Industry Day, the world sees us as a powerful force, united in our passion to advance society. They see us as tireless advocates of a $1 trillion industry dedicated to breaking down barriers by organising face-to-face business events.In January 2019, PCMA launched the first Global Forum on Economic and Social Progress bringing together government, business leaders and industry to engage in meaningful dialogue on the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. It is exciting to see our industry seize the spotlight. I am proud of PCMA chapters hosting events to advocate the profound effect business events have on society and the economy. Some are leveraging the power of meetings to address societal problems such as human trafficking.
We know that economic good should also bring social good for all people and we are committed to be the platform for positive economic growth and social transformation. Our industry is sending a clear message today: Meetings are the catalyst for global change.”