HSMAI's MEET National Registration Now Open
International (HSMAI) MEET National, the meeting and event-planning industry's leading show. HSMAI's MEET National, which is focused on Meetings, Events, Education and Technology, is scheduled for Sept. 4-5, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
MEET National to connect with the right resources and suppliers to help move their events forward. A sample of the quickly expanding list of exhibiting hotels, destinations and suppliers includes: Best Western International, Colonial Williamsburg Hotels, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Historic Hotels of America, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Madison Avenue Signs, Mexico Tourism Board, The Peabody Orlando, Virginia Tourism and Bagmasters. HSMAI's MEET National will also include a Resort Pavilion featuring Terranea, Stowe Mountain Lodge, Sea Island and other top resorts.
"HSMAI's MEET continues to offer attendees some of the most valuable networking andeducational opportunities available to meeting and event professionals," said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI. "We are very proud of these events and the opportunities they create for exhibitors and planners alike, and we are looking forward to another successful HSMAI's MEET National in September."
This year's keynote address will be delivered by Jim Davidson, expert climber andexpedition leader, who will speak on the power of partnership.
Through HSMAI's MEET University, industry specialists' insights, which are geared towardboth planners and exhibitors, will be shared through an interactive platform with sessions including hands-on demonstrations, case-study workshops and peer-to-peer roundtables.
Two featured sessions will be led by Midori Connolly of AVGirl Productions, including:
- I Don't Speak Lumen: AV Survival Skills from Novice to Advanced
- Hybrid Meetings: Strategy & Production
Additionally, through the second year of HSMAI's partnership with Meeting ProfessionalsInternational (MPI), the organization will host two educational sessions for meeting and event planners, including:
- The Why and How of Event Management (Speaker: Peggy Hemphill, Your Corporate Source, Inc.)
- Your Road Map to CSR (Speaker: Mariela McIlwraith, Meeting Change)
"It's new, it's innovative and it's fresh information for seasoned planners," said theFederation of Animal Science Societies' Cara Tharp of HSMAI's MEET. "I have learned a lot, and after 20 years in the industry, that's saying something."
Additional HSMAI's MEET Offerings
As in years past, this year's event will provide attendees with a variety of exclusiveofferings including:
- HSMAI's Attendee Concierge: HSMAI's MEET Attendee Concierge is a convenient service helping attendees personally pre-schedule one-on-one appointments during regular tradeshow hours
- HSMAI's Exhibitor Concierge: An HSMAI staff sales professional solely devoted to aiding suppliers in making advantageous business connections and maximizing their return on participation
- HSMAI's TEEM Up: A role reversal expo of exhibitors and planners where they can maximize their time for one-on-one appointments requested by the pre-qualified and hosted meeting professionals
HSMAI has partnered with numerous top-level planners for HSMAI's TEEM Up. Throughthis unique format, planners are connected with buyers and suppliers via scheduled appointments. Interested participants can view qualification details by visiting HSMAI's MEET website.
To see what exhibitors and planners have to say about the value of HSMAI's MEET, visitwww.youtube.com/HSMAIMEET.
Limited booth space is available. Interested exhibitors may contact Bradley Eubank,exhibition sales account manager, J. Spargo & Associates, Inc., 703-631-6200, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry"s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI ROCET, Adrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at www.hsmai.org, www.facebook.com/hsmai, www.twitter.com/hsmai and www.youtube.com/hsmai1.
HSMAI is the leading association of sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality industry. With over 7,000 members in 35 countries, HSMAI is a global network of individuals, chapters, businesses and organizations. All industry segments are represented including hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise ships, car rental agencies, restaurants, attractions and theme parks, convention and visitors bureaus, destination management companies and reservation sales organizations.
As the regional chapter for the metropolitan area, HSMAI Greater New York serves a community of over 500 hospitality professionals who are committed to the highest standards of service and ongoing professional development.
Membership is open to anyone in hospitality sales, marketing or management as well as travel and tourism educators and service providers who support the industry. HSMAI continues to lead the industry by providing education and market research to its members.