MEET National Closes with Record Onsite Attendance

NEW YORK (September 14, 2016) ─ The highly anticipated MEET National closed to rave reviews on Thursday afternoon with a nine percent increase in onsite attendance over last year._u7i3945

Questex Travel Group, the organizer of the event, went through a deep dive revitalization project before launching this year’s event cycle. Based on feedback received on site, not only did the event deliver on the promise of an upgraded event, it exceeded expectations.

Kirk Lewis, meetings group director for Questex said this research led to the increase in partnerships in order to develop a more robust education program, as well as allowing for more networking time between exhibitors and attendees.

“The positive feedback we received from both meeting planners and exhibiting suppliers has been tremendous,” said Lewis. “Planners were blown away by the sheer breadth of education available to them at no charge, not to mention the phenomenal networking opportunities via the pre-scheduled appointments, the open show floor, and the charity activity developed by our partners at TeamBonding. I’m so pleased we were able to step up our game this year and deliver such a valuable program to our audience.”

The two and a half day conference offered over 20 sessions for CE credits developed in partnership with CIC, MPI, DMAI, SGMP, and IAEE; two keynote addresses, two intensive certificate programs by Meeting Professionals International, and an interactive town hall.

Sponsors of this year’s event include Convention Industry Council, Convention Planit, Cvent, Destination Marketing International Association, Digitell, Educational Measures, eventPower, Feathr, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, guidebook, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Meetings & Events Media Group, MidAtlantic Events, Montego Bay Convention Center, The National Convention Center, PC/Nametag, Poken, Schneider Publishing, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, TeamBonding, Think Green Promotions, Travel Portland, and Visit Raleigh.

MEET National is organized by Questex Travel Group in partnership with MPI and HSMAI.

For more information visit meetconference.com.
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MEET National Attendance to Exceed Expectations

Newly Revitalized Event Expecting to Draw Significant Increase in Attendance Over Past Years

NEW YORK (August 31, 2016) ─ Questex Travel Group, organizers of MEET National, anticipate a strong increase in attendance at this year’s event, set to open Wednesday, September 7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The event is expected to draw nearly 1,000 visitors, bringing together meeting and event planning professionals with 120 leading suppliers representing hotels, resorts, meeting venues, convention and visitors bureaus, technology, event services and promotional & marketing products.

Kirk Lewis, director of the meetings group for Questex Travel Group, said the event, which caters to corporate direct, association, and government meeting professionals, has proven successful by offering one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training that provides valuable continuing education credits and robust networking opportunities.

“We are committed to delivering dynamic educational content to challenge and engage our conference attendees,” said Lewis. “We’ve partnered with the industry’s elite content providers including MPI, CIC, SGMP, IAEE, and DMAI to offer meeting professionals the most robust opportunity to enhance their personal development and increase their accreditation. There’s no other event in DC right now that can do that for today’s meeting professional.”

The two and a half day conference will offer 20 plus sessions for CE credits, and two keynote addresses.  Daniel Levine, founding director, Avant-Guide Institute will present the first keynote address  – Winds of Change: The Reshaping of Business on Wednesday morning at 11:30am and Steve Gilliland, motivational speaker and author will present the second keynote – Making a Difference on Thursday morning at 8:00am. The event will close with an interactive town hall on Thursday afternoon featuring Jack Ferguson, JPF Solutions; Kevin Hinton, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence; Tammy Kockaya, KPMG; Greg Staley, U.S. Travel Association; and moderated by Mike Lyons, Lyons Enterprises.

In addition, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will offer three intensive certificate programs – Meetings Essentials, Health Care Meetings Compliance Certificate, and Going Local, for an additional fee.  Meetings Essentials and Health Care Meetings will each take place pre-conference all day on September 6th, and then general attendance will open at 7:00am on September 7th for registration.

Registration to attend MEET National is free and will offer an innovative conference open to meeting professionals and exhibitors alike, with unlimited networking opportunities including 12-minute, pre-scheduled, one-on-one appointments, an open expo floor, and an exclusive charity event created in partnership with TeamBonding Wednesday afternoon whose donations will support DC Kitchen.

Sponsors of this year’s event include Convention Industry Council, Convention Planit, Cvent, Destination Marketing International Association, Digitell, Educational Measures, eventPower, Feathr, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, guidebook, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Meetings & Events Media Group, MidAtlantic Events, Montego Bay Convention Center, The National Convention Center, PC Nametag, Poken, Schneider Publishing, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, TeamBonding, Think Green Promotions, Travel Portland, Visit Raleigh.

MEET National is organized by Questex Travel Group in partnership with MPI and HSMAI.

For more information visit meetconference.com. Click here to register to attend.  Press may register by clicking here.

 

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Questex Anticipates a Home Run in New Stadium Series of MICE Events

Questex Travel Group, the organizers of the Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) and MEET National, are launching their newest one-to-one event concept for the MICE industry called The Stadium Series.

StadiumSeries-LogoThe first of its kind, this event will take place in the house that Ruth built – Yankee Stadium, November 15, 2016, and will bring Northeast U.S.meeting planners and incentive buyers to meet one-to-one with global travel suppliers, in private, luxury sky box suites.

Meeting and event planners are constantly searching for unique venues to provide a one-of-a kind experience for their clients, said John McMahon, executive vice president for the Questex Travel Group.

“Stadiums and arenas have sprouted up as a new leader in the luxury event space market,” said McMahon. “These venues are distinctive and exciting and we expect this concept to grow significantly as more planners are exposed to these venues through our series of events.”

A pillar of the GMITE brand, the Stadium Series will take the one-to-one concept out of the noisy ballrooms and move it into quiet, private suites, allowing suppliers the opportunity to conduct  nearly a month’s worth of sales calls in just one day. The Questex team will also be pre-qualifying attendees in advance of the event in order to ensure they meet the standards suppliers require for their business needs, another GMITE brand pillar.

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Keynotes by Daniel Levine and Steve Gilliland at MEET National

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MEET National is newly revitalized for 2016, offering the most robust two days of education, networking and opportunities.As if interactive sessions, MPI certification courses, an open show floor, and one-to-one appointments weren’t enough, you will also see TWO different keynote speakers!

 DanielLevine Wednesday Sept. 7, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Winds of Change: The Reshaping of Business and Meetings

Daniel Levine
Founding Director, The Avant-Guide Institute, and Global Trends Expert
 GillilandSteve Thursday Sept. 8, 8:00am – 9:00am
Making a Difference
Steve Gilliland
Motivational Speaker and Author

 

Click here for more information on all of the sessions offered at MEET National. 

Be an industry vanguard! Register today and join us September 7-8  to help lead the way into the future of the meetings industry.

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Meeting Planners! 10 Reasons You Can’t Miss MEET National 2016

MEET National is a newly revitalized event offering the most robust two days of education, networking and opportunity. FreeReg_Click2
But why must you attend?

#10. New Poken technology to download sales collateral – no need to carry anything!

#9. Hot new mobile app to help you navigate the event, and connect with exhibitors (both in advance of, during and post event.

#8. Interactive Town Hall meeting featuring a veritable who’s who of travel industry luminaries.

#7. One-to-one appointments combined with open expo floor.

#6. Proprietary appointment technology to schedule your meetings. Find the suppliers you’re looking for – and who are looking for you.

#5. Keynote addresses by Daniel Levine and Steve Gilliland.

#4. Prominent speakers including Roger Dow, Corbin Ball, Michael Cerbelli, Daniel Levine, and many more.

#3. Opportunity to earn CEUs by attending powerhouse sessions programmed by MPI, SGMP, CIC, IAEE and DMAI.

#2. MPI certification programs.

And the #1 reason YOU MUST attend MEET National…

You won’t get more valuable content, networking and education anywhere else!

Be an industry vanguard! Register today and join us September 7-8  to help lead the way into the future of the meetings industry.

Travel Industry Luminaries to Participate on MEET National’s Town Hall Panel

International Meetings Review
July 26, 2016

A veritable who’s who of travel industry luminaries will participate in an interactive town hall meeting at the close of MEET National 2016. MEET National, organized by the Questex Travel Group, will take place September 7-8, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

washington, dcFeatured panelists include Roger Dow, president and CEO, U.S. Travel Association, Jack Ferguson, principal, JPF Solutions, LLC, Kevin Hinton, CIS, chief excellence officer, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), and Tammy Kockaya, CMP, director, events and meetings,KPMG, president-elect – MPI, Potomac Chapter.

Moderated by Mike Lyons, professional speaker, actor, and consultant, the diverse group of distinguished panelists will address subjects such as the new shared economy (with a focus on companies that are disrupting the norms of group business such as Airbnb and Uber), technology, the impact of the presidential election, safety & security, and other pressing matters that affect meeting planners and their respective industries.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be participating in the MEET National town hall,” said Dow.  “This event offers tremendous value to an incredible group of meeting planners and I am looking forward to the direct interaction this town hall will offer with such an amazing audience.”

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