Educational forums, regional meetings, and hospitality industry trade shows are among the upcoming events sponsored by The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). The following events are of particular interest to meeting planners.
Affordable Meetings®. This hospitality industry exposition also features many educational seminars on topics related to cost-effective meeting planning. It is open to qualified meeting planners free-of charge. It will be held Sept. 4 to 5 at the National Washington, D.C., Convention Center. Planners can register online at www.affordablemeetings.com or call (800) 272-SHOW.
HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K. Series. Industry professionals at the vice president level and above are invited to attend this limited-attendance series, which brings together corporate CEOs to discuss new ways companies are doing business. The next session, Sept. 19 in Houston, will focus on Rebuilding Profits: A New Definition of Values and features Gordon Bethune, chairman of Continental Airlines; Mike Leven, president and CEO of U.S. Franchise Systems; and Tom Corcoran, president and CEO of Felcor. For more information, call Bob Gilbert at (703) 610-9024; or go to www.hsmai.org.
HSMAI Meetings Quest Program. This is a one-day meeting featuring morning educational programs for meeting planners and suppliers, followed by a luncheon and speakers program, and an afternoon. Programs will be held Sept. 12 at the Millennium Hotel, St. Louis; Sept. 19 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta; Oct. 2 at the Sheraton Boston; Oct. 10 at the Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis; Oct. 24 at the Holiday Inn O'Hare International, Chicago; Nov. 2 at the Hotel Inter-Continental Dallas; Nov. 26 at the Hilton Washington & Towers, Washington, D.C.; and Dec. 5 at Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, Calif.