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                                              August 28, 2012                                      Newsletter Archives       

Sheraton Raleigh

Get lost in the sights and
sounds of downtown Raleigh.

The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
is less than a block from the Raleigh Convention Center and just a leisurely walk from the state capitol, museums, restaurants and nightlife.  We also offer 18,000 sq ft of meeting space to fit
your groups every need.

Do the Olympics bring the world closer together?
Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010, London in 2012…This rotation isn’t just for
the Olympics games.

Join our Global Meetings Webcast as we talk global meetings issues and opportunities,  
advice on lesser known cultural consideration and with recognized international meeting specialists!
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island Golf Resort has close to 35,000 sq. ft. of meeting space (18,000 sq. ft. in its Five-Star, Five-Diamond hotel, The Sanctuary and 17,000 sq. ft.
throughout the 10,000 acre island).  

A natural setting allows participants to remove themselves from today’s world and focus business plans without distraction.  

Kiawah Island Natural Setting

Learn more about Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Save the Date           
HSMAI Meet National

HSMAI's MEET National
September 5-6, 2012
Washington, DC

Register to attend MEET National.

Meetings Quest

The Meetings Quest Tradeshows are the longest running, one-day, educational tradeshow series in the industry. 

Learn more about
Meetings Quest Tradeshows.

IMEX America 2012

To attend the show with the Hosted Buyer Group (which includes complimentary flights and accommodations), or for more information, please contact 
  Spotlight On: IMEX America Quickly Approaching

Imex AmericaOne of the biggest stories in the trade show industry in 2011 was the debut of IMEX America, which brought the successful European model of hosted-buyer programs to the United States. The show drew 2,000 hosted buyers and 1,867 exhibitors to Las Vegas in October 2011, where the show was held in the Sands Expo Convention Center. It will be held in the same location this year.  

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  Feature Focus: FutureShow - A Meeting Model for the 21st Century 


Future of Meetings

A whitepaper by Robert Hughes of the Hughes Group

According to The Future of Trade Shows, a research resport published by the Event Marketing Institute (EMI), the most popular model for professional gatherings - a keynote, breakouts, social (networking) events, and an exhibition - is likely to decline in favor during the next five years as planners rethink their meeting formats based on evolving audience needs.

A new model gaining widespread acceptance is the "more-intimate meeting."  In a 2009 survey by EMI, 77 percent of planners said they currently offer these events, typically short-duration affairs focused on content and intensive networking.  Sixty-one percent of these meetings have no exhibition floor; but reply instead on sponsors for funding.

Continue Meeting Model article...

   Stellar Buzz: News Briefs from Our Members - Be in the Know

Stellar Buzz

With the official mid-point of summer upon us, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ three Florida-based hotels invite Florida residents to enjoy the remainder of the season soaking up the sun with special savings and idyllic pool and beach experiences.  Continue special savings article...

The Doubletree by Hilton Breckenridge has just completed phase two of a three-phase renovation of the entire hotel.  Continue renovation article...

   Solar e-Clip: Select the Leading Supplier of Event Bags

GNP Branded Gear


GNP is the Leading Supplier of Event Bags & Supplies to Hundreds of Associations Nationwide.

Let GNP be your supplier of choice for your next event.  Call 1-800-401-6000 or visit TODAY!  Learn more about GNP.

  Winner’s Circle:  Stay at the Kimpton Hotel of Your Choice Plus Airfare
Refer a Meeting Professional

Enter the Refer a Meeting Professional Contest for a chance to win a three night stay at the Kimpton Hotel of your choice, plus roundtrip airfare for two, courtesy of United Airlines!

Enter now - contest ends August 31!


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