The Beyond Borders Conference will be back for its third year, April 5 and 6 at the New York Hilton. Designed to give planning essentials to those new to holding meetings and incentives outside the U.S., the Beyond Borders Conference also has become an industry mainstay for experienced planners.

This annual conference is organized by Adams Business Media/Meetings Group, publisher of ICP and Beyond Borders, an annual supplement full of international meeting planning basics.

Educational highlights include a panel discussion on site selection, plus sessions on technology, food and beverage, legal issues, shipping and customs, and lots more from recognized industry experts.

The fee for planners is $275; for suppliers, $395. For registration info, visit our Web site at www.meetingsnet.com, or contact Ann Boehme at (516) 561-4223; fax (516) 872-6397.

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