HSMAI’S Affordable Meetings® 2011 Conference Series Announced

  • 10.19.10
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) announces the dates of its 2011 Affordable Meetings® Conference & Expositions and Event Technology Expo™ (ETE) at Affordable Meetings National.

This highly acclaimed event series attracts more than 3,000 motivated planners and vendors from all sectors of the meetings and incentive travel industries, who attend looking for quality resources and education to enhance their meetings and events.

The 2011 HSMAI Affordable Meetings series schedule is as follows:

  • Affordable Meetings Mid-America
    April 13-14, 2011
    Navy Pier
    Chicago, Ill.
  • Affordable Meetings West
    June 15-16, 2011
    Long Beach Convention Center
    Long Beach, Calif.
  • Affordable Meetings National and Event Technology Expo (ETE)
    September 7-8, 2011
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center
    Washington, D.C.  

Registration for HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings comes with a number of benefits for meeting and event planners, including educational seminars lead by industry experts on top-of-mind subjects, the opportunity to research and secure venues and destinations, networking opportunities and the ability to pre-schedule face-to-face meetings with exhibitors. For exhibitors, the conferences offer the opportunity to connect with an exclusive group of decision-makers. Nearly 60 percent of the planners only attend HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings, and more than 87 percent of attendees would recommend Affordable Meetings to others. Many top destinations and properties have already committed to take part in 2011 Affordable Meetings shows, including Vail Resorts/Rock Resorts, Myrtle Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Seattle, and the Wildwood Convention Center.

For 2011, HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings will also be expanding its popular options for appointment setting. HSMAI’s One-to-One Meeting Concierge works individually with planners to schedule appointments with exhibitors they are most interested in meeting with during the shows. The personal service was a tremendous success leading up to the 2010 shows and was responsible for arranging hundreds of pre-scheduled appointments between the three shows.

“We were very pleased with the One-to-One Meeting Concierge service. HSMAI and Affordable Meetings took the time to source appropriate planners who want to meet with us, which makes the show very profitable,” said Affordable Meetings West exhibitor Patrick Wilson of Avi Resort & Casino.

Exhibitors and attendees will also be able to arrange appointments through the networkNow program prior to each show.

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