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Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place Washington , District of Columbia 20001
Tel: (202) 249-3217
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HSMAI's MEET National 2013 (formerly Affordable Meetings) - Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

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Overview

EVENT OVERVIEW:

HSMAI’s MEET National - the evolution of Affordable Meetings.

As the meeting and event-planning industry’s premier show, HSMAI's MEET National brings a new name -and a new vision - to the business of connecting planners with the right resources and suppliers to move their meetings and events forward.

Organized by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), the 2013 MEET National will attract 1,800 planning professionals from organizations of every size, plus 250 exhibitors, representing hotels, resorts, inns, convention and visitors bureaus, technology suppliers, food and equipment providers, and more.

New Features to Forge New Relationships  

As professionals dedicated to people-to-people connections, planners can settle for nothing less than state-of-the-art meeting features to forge stronger, surer, more profitable business relationships. And HSMAI's MEET National delivers, connecting:

Industry Experts - Planning Professionals:  HSMAI's MEET National’s comprehensive educational programs, planners from novice to executive hone their skills and develop new ones with hands-on learning  specifically designed to save participants’ time, cut their costs, and increase their productivity. Case studies and practical demonstrations get learners out of their seats and into real-life applications.  The take-away tips, tools, and techniques in these sessions alone make HSMAI's MEET National the year’s can’t miss conference. And, featuring HSMAI's MEET On breaks the boundaries of time by webcasting selected sessions and updating them throughout the year.

Planning Professionals - Supplier Partners: To foster better business-building relationships and in addition to a more traditional tradeshow environment, HSMAI's MEET National, introduces HSMAI's TEEM Up, matching relevant supplier partners with interested attendees in a series of brief, one-to-one appointments. Just as its name implies, HSMAI's TEEM Up works like a tradeshow in reverse - a win-win efficiency for time-crunched attendees and exhibitors alike.  HSMAI's MEET doesn’t stop there in providing alternate ways to connect meeting planning professionals with supplier partners. The Attendee Concierge will pre-schedule one-to-one appointments for the planning professional with supplier partners during the traditional trade show hours.  And HSMAI's MEET National 2013 also features an Exhibitor Concierge, an experienced, full-time HSMAI staffer dedicated in helping suppliers make business-boosting connections before, during, and after the event.   Then, last but not least, there is networkNow!  a powerful, online, self-scheduling tool for both the planning professional and the supplier partner to use.

Planning Professionals - Planning Professionals:  Whether you’re a corporate, government, association, or independent planner - with a budget large or small - you’ll network with fellow meeting and event professionals  to swap ideas and learn from others’ successes. At HSMAI's MEET National you’ll take home tips for budgeting, negotiating, marketing, and more, all from colleagues who share your perspective.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION:

Connect With The Planners Who Will Move Your Business Forward

As the industry’s largest and most comprehensive annual event, HSMAI's MEET National brings together nearly 1,800 planning professionals from every market segment, making this event the year's most cost effective opportunity to develop new leads and land new clients.  Decision-makers by the hundreds come from the following market segments:

500+ from Associations

250+ Independents

250+ from Corporations

250+ from Non-Profit Organizations

230+ from Government 

250+ from medical, health care, trade show and event management, and other industries, as well as military and education markets.

Nearly 3 out of every 5 attendees attend only HSMAI's MEET National - no other industry event - and more than 9 out of 10 come seeking new resources and new providers. Collectively, they command real buying clout - with budgets totaling more than $1.5 billion.

You simply can’t afford to miss this once-a-year gathering of your most sought-after buyers.

Simplify Your Pursuit of Qualified Prospects

Thanks to HSMAI's TEEM Up - HSMAI's MEET National’s exciting new planner-provider matchmaking service - you can maximize your ROI as never before. Based on the specifications provided by attendees, HSMAI's TEEM Up matches you with interested prospects and schedules concise, one-on-one appointments. You zero in on the precise audience you came to find – and command their undivided individual attention during the interview. This “reverse tradeshow” format perfectly complements and completes your activity on the traditional exhibit floor.

Convert Prospects to Sales with HSMAI's MEET Concierge Support

As an exhibitor, you can rely on the new HSMAI's MEET Exhibitor Concierge to assist with handling the details that turn leads into clients. Besides working with you to fine-tune your exhibitor profile for HSMAI's MEET National’s matchmaking service,  the Exhibitor Concierge will help coordinate one-on-one meetings, suggest new ways to boost booth traffic, and provide post-show support - including those all-important follow-ups. You can count on this experienced HSMAI staffer’s personal attention before, during and after the event to help you grow your business.  It’s the latest extension of HSMAI’s vigorous commitment to fuel sales, inspire marketing and optimize potential revenue for hotels and their partners.

Prep Your Prospects with Free Pre-Show E-Mails

In a new feature, HSMAI's MEET National will help you improve pre-show marketing with a Free, customized e-mail campaign. Through our provider, you may send up to three separate secure e-mail blasts to an unlimited number of your customers, offering them an invitation to visit your booth.   And you can take advantage of this invaluable service fully confident that HSMAI's MEET National shares your data with no one.

Forge New Relationships over Food

At the Exhibitor and Attendee Networking Lunches, you can reconnect with current clients and introduce yourself to prospective new ones, all in a relaxed and cordial environment.

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