St. Louis convention officials are attempting to put the city’s best foot forward as the Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress gets underway. The citis preparations are intended to welcome the event’s 2,200 attendees set to descend upon the city. Convention and meeting planners from around the world will attend MPI’s event, to be held at America’s Center from July 28-31.
MPI’s planners account for 700,000 meetings annually, so selling St. Louis as a place to hold future meetings and conventions for both corporations and associations is considered a huge opportunity. “Many of the attendees are coming form Europe and Asia,” said the president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to show the St. Louis of today to an audience of people who probably have never been here before.” To ensure the events smooth running, over 400 volunteers will greet attendees at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the Amtrak station and at area hotels.
St. Louis’ successful bid to host MPI’s World Education Congress beat out several larger cities and is set to be held in Las Vegas in 2013. An opening reception for MPI attendees will be held at Busch Stadium Saturday, with a closing reception at the Missouri Botanical Garden.