HSMAI's Affordable Meetings® Mid-America Offers Attendees Cost-effective Solutions For The Tough Economic Market
Educational Programs Cover Hot Industry Topics Including Negotiating During Turbulent Times and Event Budgeting from Start to Finish
Event Budgeting: From Start to Finish
This easy-to-understand session will de-mystify the process of creating a comprehensive budget. Attendees will learn the basics of budgeting and related skills like identifying the often forgotten hidden charges, discounts and fees that lead to budget over runs and how to prepare reports to impress management.
Negotiating in Turbulent Times
In today's challenging business climate, the ability of meeting planners and hoteliers to negotiate successfully can make the difference between success and failure. This popular program will help attendees feel more confident and better prepared for the negotiation process.
Why You Can’t Afford Not to Go Green in 2009
This session will explain how reducing, reusing, recycling and other sustainability strategies can actually help conserve resources and make meeting and event budgets go further, and will highlight how to work with sustainably minded suppliers to maximize financial and environmental savings.
Champagne on a Beer Budget: Food and Beverage Cost Cutting Techniques
One of the greatest challenges planners are faced with today is how to do more with less while still providing memorable and highly successful meetings. This session will provide practical tips that will help establish cost controls in the area of food and beverage, including quantity and guarantee controls, menu planning, and negotiating.
Technology Trends Meeting Planners Need to Know
In this session attendees will review trends within the software industry, including looking at some no cost management tools and techniques that can be applied to help assess technology needs while justifying ROI.
Women Taking the Lead: Skills and Strategies for Leadership, Career Development and Debunking the “Myth of Balance”
This informative and inspiring program presented by a successful card-carrying member of the sandwiched generation includes experienced wisdom from text-book learning as well as real life living.
The seminar schedule will also include highly popular sessions on event and meeting technology subjects featured at the inaugural Event Technology ExpoTM held last September at HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings National.
More than 1,000 attendees, representing meeting and event planners from a variety of organizations, with a majority representing corporate, association and independent sectors and the balance from government, non-profit, education, religious and medical/health care organizations, trade show management and the military, are expected to visit HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® Mid-America 2009 show. Attendance at HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings Mid-America is free-of-charge for qualified meeting planners.
Booth space is still available at the Mid-America Show and can be obtained by contacting Craig Baker, account manager, J. Spargo & Associates, (703) 679-3942, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other shows for 2009 include: HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® West, June 10-11, 2009, San Jose McEnery Convention Center – San Jose, CA and HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® National and Event Technology Expo, Sept. 9-10, 2009, Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, D.C. In addition, HSMAI will host its third annual Hotel Sales Strategy Conference, March 31 in Chicago, in conjunction with Affordable Meetings Mid-America.
Attendee information for HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® Mid-America is available by calling 800-564-4220. For additional information and a complete program schedule, visit .
About HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® Mid-America |HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings Mid-America will once again offer attendees the opportunity to meet and do business with more than 300 exhibiting companies during a unique exposition that will showcase venues, products and services to help produce various types of meetings and events. Year-after-year, the highly-acclaimed trade exposition is a main attraction for attendees looking to meet and network with knowledgeable suppliers who are determined to help produce valuable meetings and assist with purchasing decisions. Exhibitors represent hotels and resorts, university conference centers, unique meeting sites, convention and visitor bureaus, transportation companies, trade publications, software and audio/visual businesses, and other meeting and convention suppliers. HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings is owned and presented by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Americas region and managed by J. Spargo & Associates. Visit www.affordablemeetings.com for more information.
About HSMAI | HSMAI is the hospitality industry source for knowledge, community, and recognition for leaders committed to professional development, sales growth, revenue optimization, marketing, and branding. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry, and bringing together customers and members at annual events, including HSMAI's Affordable Meetings®. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. For more information on HSMAI, contact the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, Va. 22102; (703) 506-3280; fax (703) 506-3266, or visit the website at .
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