• MPI Selects Grapevine, Texas for World Education Congress 2020

     
    POSTED April 10, 2018
     

Centrally located between Fort Worth and Dallas, Grapevine, Texas has been selected as the destination for its World Education Congress (WEC) in 2020 by Meeting Professionals International (MPI). The Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the conference, scheduled for June 6-9, 2020 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.

“We are elated to partner with the Grapevine CVB to bring WEC to Grapevine in 2020. This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the unique venues and charm of North Texas, which I have had the pleasure of enjoying since relocating here when I joined MPI almost five years ago,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “With the Gaylord Texan, we will be able to host and house the majority of our attendees under one roof, and they will also have easy travel access with the nearby Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport.”

WEC is MPI’s signature event that delivers premier education, business and networking opportunities in North America. Annually, it attracts more than 2,000 attendees including corporate, third party, association planners, suppliers, students, industry faculty and more. The year 2020 will mark the second time MPI’s WEC has been held in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. “There is a bit of comfort knowing we will be hosting WEC in our own backyard,” adds Paul. “Plus, we have strong local support from the MPI Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter.”

MPI follows a competitive request for proposal process for its signature events and considers factors like location, meeting venue facilities, pricing, hotel offerings, destination accessibility, unique options and local support important. The City of Grapevine features a historic downtown district, special event venues boasting more than one million square feet of meeting space and 20 hotels with 5,400-plus hotel rooms. In addition, it is home to the Grapevine Urban Wine and Craft Brew Trail, includes three public golf courses, one of them being the Cowboys Golf Club, the world’s only NFL-themed golf course.

“Grapevine has an international reputation as a top meetings destination and we look forward to welcoming MPI’s members for the 2020 World Education Congress,” said Brady Closson, managing director of sales and marketing, Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Grapevine’s rich history and warm hospitality give attendees an authentic Texas experience as they immerse themselves in our city’s world-class accommodations and meeting facilities. For those that have the opportunity, Grapevine has a full range of attractions, unique shopping and dining, nightlife and so much to see and do. We encourage attendees to explore our incredible destination.”

This year’s WEC will be held June 2-5, 2018 at the Indiana Conference Center in Indianpolis.

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