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Legislative Action Day Converges Industry Leaders on Capitol Hill

From Skift Meetings: Industry advocacy group Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) gathered the industry on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Participants discussed issues derailing the meetings and events industry with policymakers on a day filled with meetings. Approximately 140 meeting and event professionals from 27 states met with lawmakers in hundreds of meetings during Legislative Action…

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These US Cities are Becoming the Most Expensive to Visit

From Forbes: Inflation continues to have a major impact on the cost of travel, but it’s not hitting all cities equally. Some destinations are increasingly expensive, while others have actually seen average travel costs fall over the past few years. Forbes Advisor explored which U.S. cities have experienced the most significant cost increases in recent…

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15 December 2024

Leadership Forum, Pebble Beach, CA, USA

The Northstar Leadership Forum brings together the industry’s thought leaders – planning professionals and suppliers – for three days of education, networking and sharing of best practices. Our forum is unlike any other industry gathering: A unique, high-level experience where business relationships and friendships are forged. Hosted at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble…

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15 December 2024

Leadership Forum, Pebble Beach, CA, USA

The Northstar Leadership Forum brings together the industry’s thought leaders – planning professionals and suppliers – for three days of education, networking and sharing of best practices. Our forum is unlike any other industry gathering: A unique, high-level experience where business relationships and friendships are forged. Hosted at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble…

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4 December 2024

Destination Southwest, Woodlands, TX, USA

Join your industry peers for the must attend hosted-buyer event bringing together the most highly-qualified meeting and incentive buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, attractions, DMCs, DMOs, technology and merchandise providers, and tourism offices from the Southwest U.S. Meet buyers who are ready to book business in: Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas.

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6 November 2024

Destination Hawaii, Oahu

Destination Hawaii — Northstar’s destination-specific hosted-buyer event — brings together the most highly-qualified meeting and incentive buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, DMCs, DMOs, technology and merchandise providers, and tourism offices from the islands of Hawaii. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers and network with this exclusive…

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27 October 2024

Small & Boutique Meetings Fall 2024, South Lake Tahoe, CA &...

Small & Boutique Meetings — Northstar’s premiere hosted-buyer event designed specifically for small and boutique-sized meetings — bringing together highly-qualified meeting buyers with destinations, hotels, DMCs, technology and merchandise providers, and other suppliers ready to welcome smaller events. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers and network with this…

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21 October 2024

Destination East, Niagara Falls, NY, USA

Destination East is the premier hosted-buyer event for qualified meetings and incentive professionals sourcing programs in the East. Destination East will include destinations, hotels, DMCs, technology and merchandise providers, and other services provided in the Eastern U.S. Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers who will provide targeted education specific to your needs…

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29 September 2024

Luxury & Wellness Meetings, Newport Beach, CA, USA

Northstar Meetings Group’s NEW Luxury & Wellness Meetings event connects North American planners seeking luxury or wellness-focused venues for their meetings or incentives. Showcase your destination, CVB, DMC, hotel, resort, venue or related service or activity for successful meetings and incentive programs. Meet with elite planners and buyers who are currently sourcing national suppliers for…

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23 September 2024

TEAMS Conference + Expo, Anaheim, CA, USA

TEAMS: TRAVEL, EVENTS AND MANAGEMENT IN SPORTS, is the world’s leading conference and expo for the sports-event industry. Launched in 1998, TEAMS attracts more than 1,000 attendees including CEOs, executive directors and event managers from sports organizations as well as representatives from sports commissions and convention bureaus, corporate sponsors, event suppliers and other hospitality industry…

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DEI Executive Jailed for Orchestrating Fake Events to Steal $5m

From Conference & Meetings World: An ex-diversity programme manager for Facebook and Nike has been sentenced in the US to five years in prison for stealing more than $5m from her employers. A release from the US Attorney General’s office in Georgia said Barbara Furlow-Smiles (pictured) had set up fake business deals, invoices and events…

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ECA Welcomes ICCA as its Newest Alliance Partner

The Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), the unified advocacy voice of the business events industry, is pleased to announce that the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has joined ECA as its newest alliance partner. “Whether its supporting smart decarbonization and sustainability measures or advancing policies that help advance seamless international travel and commerce, our…

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Fred Dixon to Inherit Pent Up Demand at Brand USA

From Travel Pulse: Amid the fanfare of a press conference about the growth of inbound United States tourism, Brand USA Today officially introduced its new president and CEO and bid goodbye to its longtime leader after a dozen years of service. Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, welcomed Fred Dixon into…

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Congress Threatening to Create Airport Chaos this Summer & Beyond

From US Travel Association: A severe and troubling scenario for travelers could play out at airports this summer travel season if Congress enacts an amendment by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and John Kennedy (R-LA) to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. According to a U.S. Travel Association analysis, the proposed amendment could result in travelers…

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4 August 2024

CEMA Summit 2024, Seattle, WA, USA

Experience thought-provoking keynotes, engaging panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and interactive sessions led by experts at the forefront of the industry—all set against the iconic backdrop of Seattle’s skyline and vibrant culture. Dive deep into the four content pillars of CEMA Summit 2024: Synergy by Design, Innovative Playfulness, and Purpose-Driven Leadership, as you immerse yourself in…

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4 August 2024

CEMA Summit 2024, Seattle, WA, USA

Get ready to experience the perfect blend of strategy, purpose, and play against the backdrop of the vibrant city of Seattle at CEMA Summit 2024. As the premier event in event marketing and management, CEMA Summit brings together visionaries, industry leaders, and innovators for an extraordinary journey of discovery and growth. Join us as we…

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23 May 2024

PCMA | AI EventXcelerator, Washington DC, USA

AI EventXcelerator promises to be a transformative experience for event professionals seeking to stay ahead in an increasingly AI-driven industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights, expand your network, and revolutionize your approach to event management. Join us and unlock the power of AI for your events with Spark AND these sessions are…

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Building Bridges, Not Walls

From Destinations International, by Gretchen Hall: When we at Destinations International (DI) announced Tampa, FL as the location for our 2024 annual convention, it sparked a meaningful dialogue among our members. Given recent Florida legislation affecting key community groups, our choice raised important questions about our values and our strategies in the face of social…

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Associations Look to the Future

From Skift Meetings: Societal transformation and the future of association meetings were the themes an ICCA conference, part of Business Events Industry Week, held in the most apropos setting, ASAE’s headquarters. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) held “The Future of Association Meetings and Societal Transformation,” a half-day conference at the headquarters of ASAE…

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Business Events Industry Week Showcases Collaboration

From Skift Meetings: Business Events Industry Week (BEIW) is a collaborative event that aims to be the industry’s South by Southwest. It was born as a collaboration between the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Destinations International (DI). The event’s third edition concluded on Thursday in Washington, D.C. “Events are a vital part of the…

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23 June 2024

PCMA edUcon 2024, Detroit, MI, USA

Experience the future of event leadership at PCMA’s edUcon. Connect with industry peers, gain insights from innovation trailblazers and explore new possibilities for the future of events. Witness live demonstrations of progressive learning formats and craft a modern event playbook filled with fresh concepts to elevate your career. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead…

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