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HSMAI announces calendar of remaining events in 2002

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI<.>) provides an extensive calendar of events highlighting educational forums as…

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



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(r) 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.



Remaining shows and venues for 2002 include:



Sept. 4 – 5, 2002

HSMAI`s Affordable Meetings National

Washington, DC Convention Center



HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K. Series



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.



Sept. 19, 2002

HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K.

Houston, TX



Rebuilding Profits: A New Definition of Value will discuss 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, with the participation of industry leaders including Gordon Bethune, chairman of Continental Airlines, Mike Leven, president and CEO of U.S. Franchise Systems and Tom Corcoran, president and CEO of Felcor, among others. Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss and debate the ways to quantify and measure value.



HSMAI/Leadership Synergies: Strategic Account Management Seminars



Sales professionals will find a wealth of training resources dedicated to Strategic Account Management as part of a new joint venture between HSMAI and sales and leadership performance-improvement company Leadership Synergies, LLC. Throughout 2002, a series of innovative skill development courses will be held nationwide specifically for national account managers:

* Chicago, IL: Sept. 17-18

* New York: Oct. 9-10

* Atlanta, GA: Nov. 6-7

* Washington, DC: Dec. 2-3



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.



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

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