HSMAI Calendar Of Events 2002

WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2002) – The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) provides an extensive calendar of events highlighting educational forums as well as business-to-business venues for buyers and suppliers of hospitality, travel and tourism.
“From cutting-edge educational sessions and executive think tanks featuring expert speakers, to a full program of regional meetings, trade shows and networking opportunities, HSMAI events are invaluable for sales and marketing professionals looking to hone their skills and stay abreast of industry changes and trends,” states Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI.
Remaining HSMAI-sponsored events for 2002 include:

HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® (three shows in 2002):
Each of these two-day events offers an unmatched exposition and a dynamic program of “need to know” educational seminars on topics related to cost-effective meeting planning. Affordable Meetings® is free-of-charge to qualified meeting planners from across the country. In addition, during the shows, attendees have the chance to do business with a variety of suppliers from hotels and resorts to CVBs, destination management companies, airlines, etc.

Shows and venues for 2002 include:

April 17 – 18, 2002
HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® Mid-America
Chicago’s Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

June 19 – 20, 2002
HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® West
San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA

Sept. 4 – 5, 2002
HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® National
Washington, DC Convention Center

Meeting planners who would like to attend any of HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® shows can easily register on-line at www.affordablemeetings.com or by calling (800) 272-SHOW. Additional information and a complete program schedule can also be obtained by visiting the web site.
For exhibitor information, contact Kelley Biondi, show manager, GLM, Ten Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606-1954, or call (914) 421-3377; fax (914) 948-2918; e-mail: kelley_biondi@glmshows.com.

HSMAI Leadership Forum:

April 24 – 26, 2002
Radisson Hotel Orlando

The Leadership Forum is the annual meeting of chapter leaders from around the globe. The purpose of this meeting is to provide education and information pertinent to the current issues of HSMAI and to create a forum for interaction and information exchange among chapter leaders. Leadership Day will offer workshops designed to assist with membership, communications, programs and innovative ways to increase revenue. (By invitation only)
For more information on the HSMAI Leadership Conference, contact Margie Sheffer at (219) 962-7705 or msheffer@hsmai.org.

HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K. Series (two programs in 2002):
The Executive T.H.I.N.K. series introduces industry professionals at the vice president level and above to issues changing the way we do business.

June 24, 2002
HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K.
Chicago, IL

Themed “Global Wireless Devices: Connecting the Consumer,” this T.H.I.N.K. will look at the current state of wireless technology as well as what lies ahead to help attendees position their organization to connect with customers in new and innovative ways. Case studies will be presented to help demonstrate the potential pitfalls in actual implementations. Find out what is happening in the world of wireless technologies, from handheld devices to wireless phones and new software applications. The session will be held in conjunction with HITEC in Chicago. (Limited attendance)

Sept. 19, 2002
HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K.
Houston, TX

“Competitive Strategy” will be a valuable session on creating customer value, brand value and investor/shareholder value. Find out how successful and innovative companies have employed strategies to help them not only cope with change, but to create change within their organization. Keynote speaker Gordon Bethune, president and CEO of Continental Airlines, will kick-off the day with the story of his recent value creation. Two other industry leaders will debate the creation of hotel brand value through real estate vs. marketing. Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss and debate the ways to quantify and measure value. (Limited attendance)

For more information on the HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K. programs, call (202) 789-0089 or log-on to www.hsmai.org.

HSMAI Meetings Quest Program (eight shows in 2002):
Each HSMAI Meetings Quest program is a one-day format show featuring morning educational programs for meeting planners and suppliers, followed by a luncheon and speakers program, and an afternoon trade show providing an opportunity for meeting planners to visit one-on-one with suppliers. Over the past decade, the Meetings Quest trade shows have been considered by both suppliers and planners to be the most productive one-day events in the industry with a consistent buyer to seller ratio of 3:1, featuring 60-75 exhibitors and 200-300 planners.
For information on HSMAI’s Meetings Quest, contact JTDunn Enterprises, 513 Commerce Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774; (301) 249-4600; E-mail: meetingsquest@jtdunninc.com; www.meetingsquest.com.

Shows and venues for 2002 include:

Sept. 12, 2002
HSMAI Meetings Quest
Millennium Hotel, St. Louis

Sept. 19, 2002
HSMAI Meetings Quest
Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Oct. 2, 2002
HSMAI Meetings Quest
Sheraton Boston

Oct. 10, 2002
HSMAI Meetings Quest
Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis

Oct. 24, 2002
HSMAI Meetings Quest
Holiday Inn O'Hare International, Chicago

Nov. 2, 2002
HSMAI Meetings Quest
Hotel Inter-Continental Dallas

Nov. 26, 2002
HSMAI Meetings Quest
Hilton Washington & Towers, Washington, DC

Dec. 5, 2002
HSMAI Meetings Quest
Location: Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim

HSMAI is a leading organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. Members can access a wide variety of educational tools and enhance their skills and expertise to increase business and enrich their careers.
For more information, contact HSMAI at 1300 L Street, NW, Suite 1020, Washington, DC 20005, or call (202) 789-0089. You can also visit the web site at www.hsmai.org.