WHEREAS, April 12, 2018, is recognized as the Global Meetings Industry Day; and
WHEREAS, in 2017, Global Meetings Industry Day held more than 120 events on 6 continents; and
WHEREAS, Global Meetings Industry Day was created to bring together leaders and professionals from across the meeting and event industry; and
WHEREAS, through membership and involvement in event or meeting professionals organizations, individuals are provided opportunities for increased networking and business collaboration; and
WHEREAS, providing opportunities for student engagement in the event and meeting industries allows for future career development and support for school-aged and college-aged students interested in the meeting and event industry; and
WHEREAS, collaborating with meeting and event professionals allows for the sharing of resources, best practices, and information across the industries throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States, and around the world;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 12, 2018, as GLOBAL MEETINGS INDUSTRY DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.