Meeting Professionals International (MPI)'s 2016 World Education Congress (WEC) wrapped up on June 15 with high-energy musical performances and a moving tribute to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. During the event's LGBT reception, all of the names of the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, which left 50 dead and scores injured, were read.
Brian Stevens, chief executive officer, ConferenceDirect, said his company will match all donations made to those affected by the shooting tagged #MPILGBTA that day.
While the tribute to the victims was one of the most moving moments of the event, the Congress, which was held in Atlantic City, also made time for more upbeat entertainment. This included a closing celebration at the Pool at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City where Kris Allen and Redfoo of LMFAO entertained the group. Musical icon Rick Springfield rocked the final lunch courtesy of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
There were approximately 2,000 suppliers and meeting professionals in attendance, and many said they were impressed by all Atlantic City has to offer.
"The conference has been everything we thought it would be and then some," said Michael Massari, senior vice president of national meetings and events, Caesars Entertainment. "We are hearing comments like 'we can't believe this is Atlantic City and it is amazing what you can do for meetings and events.'"
Next year's WEC will be held in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand, June 19-22.