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Toronto To Host Prestigious Meeting For Global Meetings Industry

Tourism Toronto
announced recently that Toronto has won the bid to host Meeting Professionals International's (MPI) World Education Congress in 2019.  Tourism Toronto was also presented MPI's Influence Award for 2015 at ceremonies for National Meetings Industry Day.

"It's always an honor to be recognized by our peers," said David Whitaker, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "Hosting MPI's World Education Congress in 2019 is an opportunity to show the 'new Toronto' to some of the industry's most influential decision makers."

MPI's World Education Congress will bring 2,500 delegates to Toronto in June, 2019, marking a return to Toronto following its successful 2002 meeting.

"This is a live audition in front of many of North America's top meeting planners, each of whom has the potential to drive future business by selecting Toronto for an upcoming meeting," said Tara Gordon, vice president of Meeting, Convention and Incentive Travel Sales for Tourism Toronto.

MPI's National Meetings Industry Day (NMID) Award for 2015 was presented to Tourism Toronto for the organization's "significant contribution to the growth and success of meetings and conventions."  Tourism Toronto was recognized for industry leadership, programs and partnerships that generated a positive impact on the industry.

Toronto's convention sector reached new heights in 2014 by booking a record number of future hotel room nights for conventions and meetings. In 2014, Tourism Toronto and its partners confirmed 665 future meetings and conventions including 13 major conventions to be hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In all, these meetings will bring 463,400 attendees to the Toronto region, generating 640,345 hotel room nights.

Over the past year, Toronto hosted such global events as Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (6,500 attendees), the International Astronautical Federation (2,500 attendees), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (4,500 attendees), Million Dollar Round Table (7,000 attendees), Lions Club International (15,000 attendees), and Amway India (4,000 attendees).

About Tourism Toronto
Tourism Toronto, Toronto's Convention and Visitors Association, is an industry association of more than 1,100 members established to sell and market the greater Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travelers around the globe. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. For more information please visit