The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) received an official welcome when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel formally announced that his community will host the 2013 Sustainable Meetings Conference next April.
“This is a perfect example of the City of Chicago and its tourism and convention industry working together to achieve a key goal: attracting more visitors to Chicago,” said Emanuel. “This conference is one of many that have committed to the city and will create jobs and economic opportunity for our residents.”
“We are honored to host this conference and demonstrate the increasing connections between environmental and economic benefits,” said Karen Weigert, chief sustainability officer, City of Chicago. “Chicago is one of the world’s greenest cities and a global leader in the tourism and convention industry, so there is no better place to host the 2013 Sustainable Meetings Conference.”
A team from GMIC’s Chicago Chapter worked closely with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau to land host city honors. “We received incredible support from the City, the State of Illinois and several organizations that represent the meeting and events industry,” said Robin Malpass, president, GMIC Chicago Chapter. “This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the destination’s sustainable assets to a global audience and provide an outstanding educational experience for our local hospitality industry partners.