Meeting and event professionals looking to stay on top of the issues that impact the industry, as well as swap notes and network with the meetings community, can participate in these four meetings industry Facebook groups offering news, discussion and community.
Meetings Community (MeCo) is a discussion group for the meetings community where meeting professionals converge to learn, job search, network, discuss and exchange ideas about the industry. This community acts as a resource for individuals involved in all aspects of meeting planning, including meeting, convention, incentive and trade show professionals and suppliers. Discussion topics include news about upcoming webinars, industry events, COVID travel updates and more.
Event Integrity is a group started by industry influencer Elizabeth Glau, who recently passed away following a courageous battle with cancer. The meetings community group takes its title from Glau’s company of the same name, which connects purpose-driven organizations with trusted event professionals. The group has more than 2,000 members and is moderated by veteran industry pro Joan Eisenstodt, principal of Eisenstodt Associates. The group’s mission is to celebrate and promote the industry by recognizing the value that it provides, as well as work to rebuild the systems that run the industry, while creating and supporting businesses that can get through the current and next major disruptions. Discussion topics include industry news, contract issues, and the challenges posed by the pandemic.
National Meeting Planners
National Meeting Planners is a meetings community group created for planners to network and discuss timely issues, as well as discuss experiences with cities, hotels, and other venues; issues such as contracts and clauses; restaurant recommendations; and anything that is pertinent to the industry. Meeting planners at all levels are welcome to join this private group, and requests to join will be approved by the moderator to ensure only meeting planners are represented. Hotels and vendors will not be able to join this group, and all applicants must answer the membership questions to be considered. The group has more than 3,000 members, and discussion topics include questions and advice about the nuts and bolts of planning meetings and events, swapping notes on how to implement COVID-safe meetings, and plenty of networking.
Meetings Industry Group Travel Forum
Meetings Industry Group Travel Forum is a public meetings community group designed to provide ongoing communication, marketing, and small gathering assistance for traveling golf groups and golf events within the meetings industry. While the focus of the group is primarily industry events based around golf, and it exists to promote networking between golf destinations/resorts and meeting industry golfers, the group also includes discussion of industry news and hospitality issues.