MGM National Harbor was the site of the first Global Meeting Leaders’ Summit June 3 and 4—two days packed with information sharing and networking.
Sponsored by VisitBritain, the Global Meeting Leaders’ Summit was a mix of education and one-on-one appointments with representatives from 21 destinations/facilities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
An opening reception in the posh VIP Lounge of MGM’s theater featured none other than Austin Powers, who posed for selfies with the group; a sampling of British treats and sweets; and a perfume bar amenity experience by Scenterprises, where attendees learned about their fragrance profile and were able to create their own scents based on that.
A session on Brexit by GBTA’s Senior VP of Professional Development and Research, Dr. Amanda Cecil, included two virtual panelists: Jo Dardenne, public affairs manager and head of transport, travel & tourism at Grayling speaking from Brussels, and Douglas O’Neill, CEO of INNTEL and chair of GBTA Europe’s Meetings Committee in Essex, UK. UK Visas & Immigration’s Head, Dan O’Donoghue, shared developments that have made it easier than ever to enter the UK, including the expansion of eGates and an on-demand mobile visa processing service. GoldSpring Consulting’s Senior VP Kevin Iwamoto finished off the day by addressing the nuances of GDPR as it relates to meeting planners.
Over the two days, the corporate and association meeting planner attendees had a chance to meet one-on-one with a variety of U.K. destination and facilities to explore new opportunities and sites for their future events, both big and small.
Many thanks to VisitBritain and its partners; our host hotel, MGM National Harbor; amenity vendor Scenterprises; and our app concierge, Power Event Group!