Meetings industry buyers and suppliers can mark their calendars for the three 2005 Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
`s (HSMAI) Affordable Meetings(r) shows, the premier exposition that is free-of-charge to qualified meeting planners and boasts an impressive 3 to 1 planner/exhibitor ratio for doing business. The calendar for 2005 is as follows:
HSMAI`s Affordable Meetings(r) Mid-America April 6 - 7, 2005 Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
HSMAI`s Affordable Meetings(r) West June 15 - 16, 2005 San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA
HSMAI`s Affordable Meetings(r) National Sept. 7 - 8, 2005 Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
"2004 has been extraordinary for HSMAI`s Affordable Meetings. In addition to the three-show series being named Best Industry Trade Show
in a readers poll conducted by Meetings Media, our Mid-America event held in April celebrated its highest-ever meeting planner attendance with 1,171 quality planners having participated in the two-day event,"
said Robert A. Gilbert
, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. "We anticipate that the 2005 program will yield equal if not more impressive results and accolades,"Gilbert
noted. One of the most appealing components of each HSMAI
`s Affordable Meetings show is the diverse trade show featuring an abundance of properties and services at all price points. Exhibitors represent hotels and resorts, university conference centers, unique meeting sites, convention and visitor bureaus, transportation companies, trade publications, software and audio/visual businesses, and other meeting and convention suppliers. Prepared to provide the best products and services, exhibitors assist planners by offering cost-effective meeting packages and enticing incentives. Rounding out each show are tremendous networking opportunities and prize giveaways in addition to the HSMAI
`s Affordable Meetings Bookstore where planners have access to material specific to the industry - printed materials and audio/visual resources as well as a complete line of CMP study materials. HSMAI
`s Affordable Meetings is owned and presented by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International and managed by George Little Management.