DeDe Murcer Moffett to Keynote HSMAI’s MEET National Conference

DeDe Murcer Moffett, motivational speaker, author, trainer, comedian and niece of New York Yankees legend Bobby Ray Murcer, will be the keynote speaker at the 26th annual HSMAI’s MEET National conference to be held Sept. 9-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington.

Presented by Questex Hospitality + Travel, the event is expected to draw more than 900 attendees, bringing together meeting and event-planning professionals with 120 leading suppliers representing hotels, resorts, meeting venues, convention and visitors bureaus, technology, event services and promotional and marketing products.

Moffett, also known as “The Snap Out of It! Woman,” was voted “Meeting Planners Favorite Speaker” in 2014. She delivers a one-of-a-kind transformational message, drawing upon her extensive career climbing the corporate ladder, battle with and triumph over a 24-year addiction and her lifelong experience as a singer, actress and stage performer.

“Living life with passion, knowing what you were born to do then doing it full out is my definition and experience of success,” said Moffett. “Today more than ever people want authentic leaders who will help them unlock their potential and reduce internal obstacles so their talent can take center stage. That’s the promise of ‘Snap Out of It:’ Transform your life by seeing new achievable possibilities and go from being numbed out to feeling fully alive.”

Marilyn McHugh, Questex Hospitality + Travel vice president, global events, said the event, which caters to mid-size market meeting professionals, has proven successful by offering one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training that provides valuable continuing education credits and robust networking opportunities.

“We are committed to delivering dynamic educational content to challenge and engage our conference attendees,” she said. “DeDe Murcer Moffett’s high energy and entertaining presentation promises to provide leadership tools that will help our attendees tap into their inner strengths to maximize their performance and change the way they view and overcome obstacles.”

Moffett is the author of the best-selling book “Wisdom Wedgies and Life’s Little Zingers” and is working on her next book, “Snap Out of It Already! The Simple Steps to Achieve Your Dreams and Ignite Business Success.”

HSMAI’s MEET (Meetings, Events, Education, & Technology) conferences are designed for hospitality sales and marketing professionals to present their properties, destinations and services to the industry’s leading planners and decision-makers. For more information about HSMAI’s MEET series of events, visit

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every business-to-business segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its Digital Media staff.

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Be the Best – Be Green: Submissions Now Open for IMEX-GMIC Green Awards

Applications are open for the prestigious IMEX-GMIC Green Awards 2015 honouring outstanding environmental and social initiatives. Jointly run by IMEX and the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) and now in their 13th year, these awards recognise outstanding achievement in green meetings planning, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The deadline to apply for the IMEX-GMIC Green Awards is 1 March 2015.

The awards span four categories covering key aspects of the green meetings sector: Green Meeting Award (small), Green Meeting Award (large), Green Supplier and Commitment to the Community Award.

Environmental awareness among meeting organisers is recognised by the Green Meeting Award, which judges a specific event based on a planner’s efforts to prevent and reduce environmental impact. The Green Supplier Award recognises a meeting supplier that has made innovative efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. Finally, the Commitment to the Community Award honours those who have demonstrated innovative efforts to benefit a charitable initiative.

Nominations for the IMEX-GMIC Green Awards are judged by a panel of international industry experts and awards will be presented at the prestigious IMEX Gala Dinner (20 May) taking place at the Frankfurt Alte Oper, during IMEX in Frankfurt (19 – 21 May 2015).

See for further details and to view case studies of previous winners.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, comments: “The IMEX-GMIC Green Awards have been developed to recognise organisations within the industry that are excelling in their efforts to minimise their environmental and social impacts.

“As companies and planners alike seek out ways to give back to the local communities and destinations where they gather, these programme elements become ever more important to the overall impact of the event. We are proud to support and recognise such meetings and events that have a positive impact that goes beyond the meeting room.”


Eighth Annual PCMA Citywide Auction to Feature Nashville

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation and Music City Center Partner with PCMA to Raise Funds for Industry Education

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation and Music City Center have partnered with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) for the eighth annual PCMA Citywide Auction.

The Citywide Auction is designed to raise money to fund high level meetings industry education. The auction annually offers meeting professionals tremendous savings and package inclusions to ensure their convention is truly a unique experience.

“Nashville is ‘hot’ these days and on everyone’s consideration list,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. “The city of Nashville and the new Music City Center are authentic, accessible, accommodating and affordable – offering so much that you can’t find anywhere else. Their participation in the Citywide Auction demonstrates their sincere commitment to our industry and PCMA, while offering planners their southern hospitality and an incredible deal for their destination.”

The auction officially kicked off during Convening Leaders and will remain open until November 30, 2015 at 5pm CST, unless sold through the “Buy It Now!” option (which will immediately close the auction). The package is available between the years of 2017 and 2022.

The PCMA Citywide Auction package includes:

353,000 continuous gross square feet of exhibit and meeting space for up to 10 days
100 hours of complimentary registration clerks
10% discount on convention center food and beverage
10% discount on AV needs
25% discount on Internet access for show management and Free Wi-Fi in public space
Board dinner for up to 30 people
10% discount on average prevailing group rate at the Omni
Assistance in negotiation of any and all talent on behalf of the meeting
Complimentary song writer show to promote the convention the year the meeting for an audience of 200-250.
Autographed guitar to utilize as auction item for the organization and/or meeting
Bidding for the 2015 Citywide Auction package from Nashville, minimally valued at $675,000, starts at $85,000 with bid increments of $10,000. If a bidder chooses the “buy now” option, the cost is $135,000 and closes the auction immediately.

“We are pleased to partner with the PCMA on this innovative program,” said Butch Spyridon, President & CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “To be able to support PCMA as they provide high level industry education and to creatively market Nashville is a win/win and a no brainer!”

Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center said “The Music City Center is honored and excited to have this opportunity to showcase our center while simultaneously supporting our industry. PCMA has been a true champion for the meetings industry and together we will help advance those endeavors in 2015.”

The PCMA Citywide Auction has previously featured packages in Philadelphia, Hawaii, San Diego, Orlando, Washington DC, Chicago and New Orleans, with convention planner members receiving incredible value while giving back to the organization.

Learn more about the PCMA Citywide Auction or submit your bid visit


About PCMA
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,500+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at

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ACC Liverpool Encourages Delegates to Explore the City with Privilege Card

ACC Liverpool has again joined forces with hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions to encourage your delegates to explore the city during conference and return in the future.

Our updated Delegate Card, which is available to all visitors attending conferences at our venue, was created to encourage attendees to explore as much of the city as possible with a series of offers, discounts and privileges.  It also provides an incentive for visitors to return with their friends and families.

Our aim is to ensure that your delegates get the most out of the city and have an interesting and varied programme for any downtime around your conference.  They may want to enjoy a meal in one of the city’s top restaurants or take in attractions.

A trip to Liverpool wouldn’t be complete without learning more about the Fab Four and the card now features an ‘Experience The Beatles’ section which includes offers from The Beatles Story, Cavern Club and Magical Mystery Tour bus.  Liverpool One, City Central BID and Albert Dock are official partners.

The Delegate Card can be branded for each individual event.  For more information

The Lodge at Torrey Pines Awarded 2015 AAA Five Diamond Designation

California Resort Receives Two Prestigious Awards

The Lodge at Torrey Pines has captured one of the travel industry’s most coveted designations: the 2015 AAA Five Diamond award for the 13th consecutive year.

Since its opening in 2002, The Lodge has maintained its Five Diamond designation annually, based on the rigorous criteria put forth by AAA. “This award is well known among sophisticated  travelers  as  a  reflection  of the  ‘Best  of the Best’ amid luxury properties,” said Bill Gross, General Manager of The Lodge at Torrey Pines. “This is notjust about our luxurious amenities. It is about the caring and personal service–going above and beyond– is what earns us the Five Diamond designation, year after year.”

According to the Auto Club, AAA inspectors collectively visit some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week and conduct multiple unannounced evaluations of each property. In addition to evaluating the physical attributes of the resort, inspectors assess all aspects of guest service, from initial reservation through checkout, to determine if the hotel offers the custom service today’s luxury hotel guest expects. Only .3 percent of the nation’s 59,000 hotel properties and restaurants earn the Five Diamond distinction.

In addition, The Lodge at Torrey Pines has been voted by readers to the prestigious T+L500 The World’s Best Hotels 2015.

Released each year to considerable anticipation, this award is the result of Travel +Leisure’s annual World’s Best survey, a questionnaire that asks readers to rate hotels based on  rooms,  facilities,  location,  service,  restaurants,  value  and  a  number  of  other characteristics. Represented hotels are among an elite group held in high regards by the esteemed magazine, its readership and a worldwide community of avid travelers.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines embodies the pinnacle of Pacific coastal living.  Designed in thetradition of architects Charles and Henry Greene, The Lodge is a loving homage of California Craftsman architecture, emphasizing authentic materials and style, respect forthe natural landscape, and integration of indoor and outdoor living.The Lodge at Torrey Pines is owned and operated by Evans Hotels, San Diego. For hotel reservations call 858-453-4420, for restaurant reservations call (858) 777-6635, or visit

Global Spectrum Contract Renewed at St. Charles Convention Center

(ST. CHARLES, MO) – The St. Charles County Convention and Sports Facilities Authority and the City of St. Charles today extended the management contract with Global Spectrum to continue operating the Saint Charles Convention Center for an additional three years and eligible for a two year renewal in 2018.

“We are honored by the responsibility and excited by the opportunity to continue to manage the Saint Charles Convention Center on behalf of the City of St. Charles and the St. Charles County Convention and Sports Authority,” said Global Spectrum’s Shura Garnett, General Manager and Regional Vice President at the St. Charles Convention Center.  “We will continue to bring a high standard of excellence for the Center and events that meet the many interests of our community.”

“Global Spectrum would like to thank the city of Saint Charles on extending our contract for another three years,” said Global Spectrum President John Page. “The St. Charles Convention Center is an important part of our business and one in which we take great pride in providing the ultimate experience for our guests, the show organizers, the meeting planners and the surrounding region. This extension is a true testament to the hard work of our on-site team, led by Shura Garnett. We look forward to many more great successes in Saint Charles.”

Global Spectrum has managed the St. Charles Convention Center since its doors opened in April 2005.  In almost ten years of business, the St. Charles Convention Center has held over 3,600 events and hosted nearly two million people. They are accountable for attracting mainstay public events to the St. Charles area such as the Working Women’s Survival Show, the Home and Garden Show, and St. Louis Weapons Collectors.  Their partnerships with local businesses include Miller-Coors, Pepsi, Goellner Printing, New Frontier Bank, and Community News.

“Global Spectrum’s expertise in the convention center business continues to be a huge asset for our community,” said Mayor Sally Faith.  “On behalf of the City of St. Charles it is truly my honor to congratulate Shura Garnett and her entire team on this recent contract renewal, as Global Spectrum represents a perfect fit for the St. Charles Convention Center.  We are incredibly proud to have Global Spectrum as our partner in ensuring this local facility remains a leader in the convention and meeting industry, and look forward to further developing solid partnerships through the Greater Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.”

“The success combination in business is: 1. Do what you do better and 2. Do more of what you do,” said Thom Wapelhorst, Chairman of the St. Charles County Convention & Sports Facilities Authority.  “We believe this mentality sums up the Global Spectrum Team and their management of the St. Charles Convention Center. Their record-setting successes and commitment to be one of the finest full-service conventions venues proves they can do it better.  The Authority is pleased to acknowledge Global’s achievements with the renewal of their management agreement for another three year commitment to the future success of the St. Charles Convention Center and Global Spectrum partnership.”

The Saint Charles Convention Center opened in April of 2005 and has hosted over 3,600 events since opening. Named “Best Place to Hold a Meeting”  by local businesses, the facility boasts an elegant 16,200 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom, and 27,600 sq. ft. of Exhibit Hall space expandable to 35,700 sq. ft. through the adjacent Junior Ballroom. The facility features additional meeting rooms, the Executive Board Room, and our Cyber Café.  One-stop shopping is always available as the Center features shipping through the Business and Guest Services Center as well as in-house catering, decorating, audio/visual, state-of-the-art communications, marketing, and event staffing for meetings and exhibitions.  The Saint Charles Convention Center is conveniently located on I-70 only 15 minutes from Lambert St. Louis International Airport and is attached to a 296-room Embassy Suites Hotel.

Global Spectrum ( manages more than 125 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 24-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor, which operates in 48 of the 50 United States, also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

All Aspects of Business Set to Flourish at IMEX in Frankfurt

IMEX in Frankfurt 2015, taking place from 19 to 21 May, is on course for further business growth, with a substantial number of new hosted buyer groups confirmed, over 20 new stands already booked representing organisations from all five continents and an extensive range of inspiring new features to help buyers and exhibitors.

There is great interest from buyers across the industry with 34 new groups boosting the nearly 4,000 strong programme. Buyers will be coming from around the world, with new groups added from France, UK, Middle East, Asia and the USA. The unique Concierge Service which was launched last year will be further enhanced, as will hosted buyer lounge services.

The IMEX team will again be introducing several inspiring and engaging new strands to the well established educational programme. New this year is Creative Thursday at the Inspiration Hub which will offer thought–provoking sessions, alongside the popular quick-fire educational seminars.

Two new session formats will be geared specifically towards particular groups; Young Professionals – for anyone relatively new to the industry – and Senior Planners. Before the show opens on Tuesday and Wednesday, there will also be two new in-depth sessions, one on Business Networking and the other on Building Confidence, to kick off the day.

Several highly successful special events which bring together many major groups each year will once again be taking place in Frankfurt during IMEX.  Among them is the IMEX Politicians Forum, held at the Villa Kennedy, which gathers ministers, mayors and senior city officials from around the world to meet with senior meeting industry leaders and share important insights into the valuable role that the industry plays in driving business and jobs.

Following its successful launch two years ago, Exclusively Corporate@IMEX, taking place for the first time at the Kempinski Gravenbruch the day prior to the show, enables corporate meeting and event planners from all over the world to learn from industry experts and from their peers.

Association Day, also on the Monday, will be held this year at the newly opened Kap Europa, Messe Frankfurt’s impressive new venue. Packed with educational talks by experts and peers from leading industry associations, it will bring together leaders and event organisers from associations across the globe.

These popular and successful annual events showcase brand new programmes this year with an added emphasis on peer to peer engagement.

IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom summed up the developments and prospects for IMEX in Frankfurt 2015: “Strong demand from our exhibitors and buyers across the world is a good indication that 2015 will be another year of growth for IMEX in Frankfurt.

“We continue to invest heavily in systems, programmes and ideas to enhance the experience for everyone who takes part in IMEX and enable to them to do business. With many more initiatives still to be announced in the coming months, we are creating the best possible environment for business and are looking forward to welcoming everyone to IMEX in Frankfurt in May.”

PCMA’S Big Plans Pay Off With Record-Setting Convening Leaders Attendance in Chicago


More than 4,000 meeting professionals converge in Chicago for personalized educational journeys toward the future of face-to-face engagement

The Professional Convention Management Association brought a record-setting 4,128 meeting planners and suppliers together to make big plans for the future of face-to-face and hybrid events at Convening Leaders 2015.

“This year’s program was designed to challenge the most respected leaders in the industry to embrace the spirit of innovation and risk-taking,” Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA said. “Our audience showed that, without a doubt, they are ready to accept that challenge and elevate the next generation of meetings, conferences and events.”

With speakers from inside and outside of the meetings and conference landscape, the PCMA Education and Events Teams worked together to develop a program that allowed every attendee to create a personalized education roadmap.

“We aimed to give our attendees more than education credits,” Kelly Peacy, Senior Vice President, Education and Events, PCMA, said. “The roadmap served as a path from inspiring big-picture general session concepts to specific intimate courses with personal and practical takeaways. When our attendees return home, we want them to be able to take what they learned at Convening Leaders and immediately adapt it to their own organizations.”

While the education roadmap was founded on five primary tracks (Event Technology and Intelligence, Operational Strategy, Meeting and Experience Design, Globalization and the PCMA Business School), it also included plenty of potential pit stops that increased attendee ROI.

  • The PCMA Learning Lounge, powered by Freeman – Freeman and PCMA collaborated together to expand the Learning Lounge with more opportunities for attendees to dig deeper into issues. With Q&A sessions featuring keynote speakers and thought leaders, hands-on activities and areas designed to facilitate discussions and networking, this year’s environment was more packed than ever before
  • TechCentral, powered by the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau - As the event technology landscape continues to evolve, the Learning Lounge featured the ultimate destination for meeting planners looking to explore new tools and innovations. From an App Alley featuring platform tutorials with leading mobile app providers to a Tech Demo Zone to 30-minute TechBytes educational sessions, this was an up-close and hands-on opportunity for planners to add “tech-savvy” to their résumés.
  • The PCMA Park – With picnic tables, park benches, lampposts and 35 trees, the middle of the West Building at McCormick Place felt more like Chicago’s downtown Millennium Park than a traditional convention center. The PCMA Education and Events Team partnered with Freeman to design the park as a community-building place where attendees could naturally network.
  • PCMAs Five Speakers to Watch Series – As meeting planners continue to search for speakers who can inspire their own audiences, this new addition to the program included five of the most notable (and affordable) new names on the speaking circuit.
  • Food For Thought Luncheon – As meeting planners work to satisfy a growing list of dietary restrictions and preferences, PCMA used Tuesday’s meal time to help Convening Leaders participants understand how to easily add gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and nut-free items to their own menus.

A Big Behind-The-Screens Meeting, Too

As leaders from around the meetings industry gathered in Chicago, meeting professionals around the world who could not make the trip to McCormick Place in-person tuned in for the PCMA Convening Leaders Hybrid Event. In its fifth year, the hybrid event continued its impressive track record with 1,000+ attendees from 31 countries.

“We made no little plans with our hybrid meeting,” Mary Reynolds Kane, senior director, experience marketing, PCMA, says. “This year, we streamed 13 sessions over three days for a full taste of what Convening Leaders offers.”

Reynolds Kane and the PCMA hybrid meeting team infused a virtual networking element to each day of the program, too, with an online happy hour at the end of each day that allowed virtual participants to stay logged on and continue their chat discussions.

A Big Community Impact

PCMA’s big plans did more than electrify the meetings industry. The organization’s volunteer efforts also left a lasting imprint on Chicago. Click here to learn about PCMA’s efforts to give back during Convening Leaders 2015.

Now that the meetings industry is finished making “no little plans” in Chicago, the PCMA audience is making plans for celebrating innovation in Canada. Convening Leaders 2016 will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre January 10 – 13, 2016.

About PCMA
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,500+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at

Prague is the second best meeting destination in the region

Prague has again been ranked among the best meeting destinations in the region and won another Meetings Star Award for 2014. Prague already gained this award last year when it ranked first with a total of 4.64 points. This year, it has gained the same number of points and ranked second out of 45 evaluated destinations. The best destination of 2014 is Istanbul, third place goes to Dubrovnik.

The Meetings Star Awards are presented annually by Slovenian Kongres Magazine which focuses on MICE in Central and South East Europe. When evaluating individual destinations the following criteria are taken into account: natural and cultural factors, general and transport infrastructure, tourist and meeting infrastructure and marketing buzz. The additional criterion that the editorial board of Kongres Magazine also took into account is the current ranking on the ICCA Country and City Ranking 2013 and Mercer’s global scale of quality of life in individual capitals.

The winners were awarded at the welcome reception at 2015 Conventa trade show in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Wednesday 21 January, 2015.  The award for Prague was taken over by a representative of GUARANT International who is a member of Prague Convention Bureau, the official convention bureau of the City of Prague.

Announcing New Wi-Fi Technology at The New Tropicana Las Vegas

We’re thrilled to announce the deployment of new Wi-Fi technology at The New Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton, including wired and wireless Internet access beginning March 2015! The enhanced Internet access will be available throughout our convention and exhibition space, including the new Trinidad Pavilion, slated for completion in March 2015, as well as in our guest rooms and suites. Once complete, our resort will provide one of the fastest Internet services available in a Las Vegas hotel.

With the rollout of upgraded infrastructure based in part on the DOCSIS 3.0 modem standard and 802.11AC Wi-Fi access points, meeting organizers and attendees will enjoy increased mobility and a substantial leap in bandwidth availability in the conference center and hotel rooms. This will allow for:

Sending/receiving large files or photos and other digital data without delay
Streaming high-definition video without jitter or latency
Downloading large business presentations
Using cloud applications
Much more!

For more information, read the press release or contact our Sales department at 888.810.8767 or