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September 17, 2014

HSMAI Announces Dates for 2015 Conferences

As the 25th annual HSMAI’s MEET National event wrapped this month at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., Questex Hospitality + Travel announced that next year’s event will be held September 9-10, at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington.

Questex, which manages the MEET series of events under a strategic agreement with Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (and is also the parent company of International Meetings Review), said that the 2015 show will be a hybrid program with trade show, conference program and one-to-one appointments.

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Questex's Danielle Cirami-Gillis, and Hyatt's Lynn Ann Wagner and Kelly Macintyre at the HSMAI MEET National in Washington, D.C.

Also next year, HSMAI’s MEET MidAmerica event will head to Texas, a first for the event, February 2-3 at The Fairmont Dallas hotel, with 80 suppliers and 80 fully hosted buyers. HSMAI’s MEET West event will be held May 5-6 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in California, also as a hybrid program with trade show, conference program and one-to-one appointments.

Marilyn McHugh, Questex Hospitality + Travel vice president, global events, said the 2015 format is similar to Questex’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) events, which cater exclusively to the MICE market and have proven successful by offering one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training and networking opportunities for meeting and event-planning professionals.

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Fran Brasseux, HSMAI executive vice president, said next year’s events will offer new ways to do business, high-quality education and more face-to-face appointments.“The evolving format of the shows will add value to both our suppliers and buyers,” she said.

MEET brings together meeting planners with suppliers representing hotels, resorts and meeting venues, convention and visitors bureaus and technology, event services and promotional and marketing products vendors.

The 2014 MEET National program attracted more than 800 attendees and more than 110 suppliers and featured peer-to-peer networking, educational sessions, team-building activities and a standing-room-only keynote address by business speaker Juliet Funt, who urged the audience to become more engaged and creative despite their too-busy, over-committed lives.

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.  

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