MPI 2024 event at ECCL; Credit: MECO

Luxembourg's Minister for Tourism, Eric Thill, attended the opening of the plenary session of the annual conference in Europe of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) being held at the European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL) from Sunday 3 to Tuesday 5 March 2024, emphasising that sustainability is playing an increasingly important role in the professional events sector. 

Named “European Meetings & Events Conference” (EMEC), MPI is the largest global meetings and events industry association representing planners of events, association professionals, suppliers, hotels and other event service providers, with 15,000 members.

The organisation of EMEC in Luxembourg is part of the government's efforts to promote, in collaboration with the Luxembourg Convention Bureau (LCB), the Grand Duchy as a host country for organising international professional events - within the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) context - and thus developing conference and business tourism. Located in the heart of Europe, Luxembourg has a wide range of the most modern infrastructures to host meetings, congresses and events.

During his speech at the ECCL, the Minister Delegate for Tourism, Eric Thill, said: “Sustainability plays an increasingly important role in the professional events sector. Organisers and visitors are looking for environmentally friendly events and placing more emphasis on the principle of social and ecological responsibility. We are responding to this demand with our 'Green Business Events' initiative which aims to promote environmentally friendly business events and support sustainable solutions."

The “business events” segment includes conferences, congresses, conventions, exhibitions, trade shows, corporate events and special events. This is an income-generating sector for local businesses in different sectors: convention centres, event and communication agencies and especially the hotel and catering industry.