The 17th annual HSMAI’s MEET West event, presented by Questex Hospitality + Travel, came to a successful close last week in San Diego after hosting nearly 900 meetings between leading hospitality industry meeting planners and suppliers.
Questex, which manages the MEET series of events under a strategic agreement with Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), also announced that the next HSMAI’s MEET West event will be held May 5-6, 2015, at the upscale Hyatt Regency Orange County in California.
The 2014 event, held June 16-17 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in California, brought meeting planners together with suppliers representing hotels, resorts and meeting venues, convention and visitors bureaus and technology, event services and promotional and marketing products vendors.
Marilyn McHugh, Questex Hospitality + Travel vice president, global events, said next year’s HSMAI’s MEET West will expand “beyond a traditional trade show” by introducing a new format based on intimate, one-to-one appointments, similar to Questex’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) events, which cater exclusively to the MICE market.
“We are collaborating with HSMAI to build upon the proven popularity of the MEET series of conferences by introducing an enhanced one-to-one meeting format,” she said. “We will leverage our expertise in putting buyers and sellers together – face-to-face – in an engaging, fun and effective format that stimulates deal-making.”
McHugh added that the MEET and GMITE events also offer top-of-the-line training and development opportunities for meeting and event-planning professionals.
“The HSMAI MEET shows in 2014 offer new ways to do business, high-quality education and more face-to-face appointments,” said Fran Brassuex, HSMAI executive vice president. “Looking ahead, the evolving format of the shows will add value to both our exhibitors and our show attendees. We are excited to be working closely with Questex, tapping in to their experience hosting MICE events, and look forward to introducing new locations in 2015.”
The 25th annual HSMAI’s MEET National event, to be held Sept. 3-4 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, is expected to attract more than 1,250 attendees. HSMAI’s MEET MidAmerica event will head to Texas, a first for the event, to be held Feb. 3-4, 2015, at the Dallas Fairmont West.
HSMAI’s MEET (Meetings, Events, Education, & Technology) expos are trade shows designed for hospitality sales and marketing professionals to present their properties, destinations and services to the industry’s leading planners and decision-makers. For more information about HSMAI’s MEET series of events, visit MEETConference.com.
GMITE events, owned and managed by Questex Media Group LLC, are composed of invitation-only, appointment-based events catering exclusively to the MICE market. For more information, visit GlobalTravelExchanges.com
For exhibitor inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, contact Victoria Farrell, Questex Travel Group regional account representative, at 212-895-8268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Questex Hospitality + Travel
Questex Hospitality + Travel, the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to travel and lodging, drives revenue, productivity and value-creation for these related industries through strategic investment and deal-making forums, powerful lead-generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications.
Questex Travel Group, a division of Questex Hospitality + Travel, serves travel marketers globally through its TravelAgentCentral.com, LuxuryTravelAdvisor.com, TravelAgentUniversity and International Meetings Review online portals. It operates the leading luxury travel booking site, FiveStarAlliance.com, publishes Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor magazines and produces leisure events: Luxury Travel Exchange International, ULTRA Luxury Summit, Young Travel Leaders Conference and Hawaii Travel Exchange and MICE events: Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges and CONFEC conferences.
Questex Hospitality + Travel also provides business development, marketing and training services to national tourism organizations/destination marketing associations, hotel, gaming, resort and cruise companies, online travel agencies and travel advisors worldwide. Questex Hospitality + Travel is a division of Questex Media Group LLC, headquartered in Newton, Mass., with offices throughout the world.
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 and their partners with tools, insights and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI’s MEET, 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.
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