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We invite you to the LGBT MPA Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, June 24, 2020! This is our official kick off to our series of open forums as we explore all the ways to support you and our community during this time. Though we are still social distancing, we want to continue building our community and create conversations on what the world is evolving to. This hour-long town hall will be an initiative for engagement, education, and contribution. 


Eavesdrop on business experts’ conversations as they discuss the timeliest topics today.  SPIN is LGBT MPA’s newest podcast series highlighting the change in the meeting and hospitality world from the LGBT perspective. Our host and executive board member, Derrick Johnson and his guests invite you to listen to how leaders are reshaping the industry and adapting as response to COVID-19.


Executive Board Chair Jim Clapes was honored to discuss the current state of the meetings industry in the feature article of this month's issue of The Meeting Professional. Thanks to Blair Potter and Meeting Professionals International for including his perspective! Click here.

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In The News

VisitNorfolk celebrated National Travel and Tourism virtually this year by hosting themed days on social media May 3-9, 2020. Each day consisted of partners giving live performances or behind-the-scene tours of things to do in Norfolk. The week resulted in reaching 62,080 people on the VisitNorfolk social media channels. Check them out and leave a comment if you like! - VisitNorfolk's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

The Wink Hotel is delighted to share that they have switched their name to Yours Truly DC officially! Yours Truly DC is committed to making their guests feel at home. Check out the site here.

Meet the Sales Director and fellow LGBT MPA family member Chemain Kellogg and take a moment to explore the vibrant community she loves to sell and wants to welcome you to! Y’all means ALL in Knoxville, Tennessee! Check out this Snapshot of Knoxville, Tennessee - Enjoy!

New York City has earned its reputation as one of the world’s top meetings destinations. While physical locations may currently be closed, you can still explore the five boroughs’ vast meeting options. Plan your next meeting with these online tours of the City's meeting spaces and connect with NYC & Company’s Convention Development team today. Click here.

Join VisitBritain’s virtual educational experience MeetGB Virtual, a must-attend virtual educational experience on June 17th and 23rd. Meeting and event planners will discover the best of UK business events at this virtual showcase. Attend as a buyer and take part in pre-scheduled meetings with destinations and receive an e-book voucher, plus be entered into a bonus prize draw to win a £200 Fortnum & Mason voucher. Or attend as a visitor and explore the virtual exhibition and live chat with suppliers. Learn more Here. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Ask anyone what makes Montréal such a unique and welcoming destination and you’ll always get the same answer: it’s the people. Montrealers are passionate about their city and love to lend a hand to help their communities thrive. During these difficult times, that can-do spirit of creativity and mutual support is shining brighter than ever. Read all about it.

Whether you’re working from home, baking, spring cleaning or just chilling, these made-in-Montréal playlists provide the perfect soundtrack to lift your mood. Tune in now

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