MPI WEC: Is It Safe?

Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas

Meeting Professionals International and its partners are taking great pains to communicate safety measures for the MPI WEC, which will be held November 3 to 5 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine. MPI has branded the event “Reunite for Recovery.”

“Our goal is to create a live experience, rich in education and connection, that people feel comfortable about attending in-person, while we stay intensely focused on the duty of care of delivering a safe, secure and healthy environment—as well as also offering a high-quality streaming option for those who want to attend virtually,” Paul Van Deventer, MPI president and CEO, told Prevue earlier this year.

Here are some of the steps being taken to ensure the safety of MPI WEC attendees this fall:

The Grapevine CVB is championing the process to allow all Grapevine hotel partners to pursue the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation. GBAC STAR—an outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation—is the gold standard of safe facilities, providing third-party validation that ensures facilities implement strict protocols for bio-risk situations. The program establishes requirements to assist facilities with work practices, protocols, procedures and systems to control risks associated with infectious agents such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.

The host hotel, the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, has a 24-page downloadable “Commitment to Clean” PDF outlining its safety protocols.

To keep attendees informed on COVID-19, MPI created  a page on that provides resources for meeting and event professionals. It has also created a page of FAQ’s specifically for the upcoming WEC.

MPI has been extremely flexible in its refund policy for those who had signed up for its previous dates, allowing them to request a full refund or transfer their registration to WEC Las Vegas 2021. However, cancellations must be received by Friday, October 23, and no-shows for the event will not automatically receive a refund or credit toward WEC Las Vegas.

MPI will be releasing an extensive Duty of Care plan very soon, headed up by Melinda L. Burdette, CMP, CMM, HMCC, MPI’s director, events.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.