MPI’s World Education Conference In Louisville Experiences Surge In First-Time Attendees

May 30, 2024

The theme for Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress (WEC), held last week in Louisville, Ky., was “Craft Your Experience.” But if MPI were to pick a theme for the association itself, “momentum” might be a good choice.

The May 20-22 event drew 1,900 in-person attendees and 100 registered for the digital experience, the highest attendance since WEC 2019 in Toronto, said MPI leaders during an on-site press conference. And, of the more than 700 meeting planners who came to the show, about half were first-timers.

MPI's Paul Van Deventer
MPI's Paul Van Deventer


Paul Van Deventer, MPI president and CEO, also discussed the rebound of the association’s financial picture. Like most associations, MPI saw a significant revenue decline in 2020. Since then, it’s been climbing back, finally posting a positive earnings report in 2022, but only this year expecting revenues to hit pre-pandemic levels.

“We’re finally in a healthy place,” Van Deventer said.

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