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HSMAI`s Affordable Meetings West® heads to Long Beach

Building on its success as one of the most popular and well-attended conferences and expositions for…

Building on its success as one of the most popular and well-attended conferences and expositions for meeting planners, the eighth annual Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International`s (HSMAI`s) Affordable Meetings® West show has moved from San Jose to Long Beach,CA, and will take place June 9-10, 2004 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Attendance at HSMAI`s Affordable Meetings® West is free-of-charge for qualified meeting planners.



Southern California is home to a great many meeting planners, so we`re bringing the show to a new audience as well as to planners who have traveled to San Jose during the course of the last seven years to take part in this exciting, free event, said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI.



Beyond the new venue, HSMAI`s Affordable Meetings® West remains a huge draw for meeting planners because of the impressive educational component (25 sessions) and the diverse trade show featuring an abundance of properties and services at all price points.



This year`s trade expo will feature 23,920 square feet of exhibit space at the Long Beach Convention Center for 260 exhibitors and 299 booths representing 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 services and products, exhibitors will assist planners by offering cost-effective meeting packages and enticing incentives.



Meeting planners can shop the show and collect information on a huge variety of venues and services, peruse the HSMAI`s Affordable Meetings® Bookstore for material specific to meeting planning (printed materials and audio/visual resources as well as a complete line of CMP study materials), talk with experts in all areas of meeting planning at the Speaker`s Corner, and win cash prizes and exciting trips. The expo will be open each day of the show from noon – 3 pm.



When not walking the aisles of the trade show, planners can take advantage of a dynamic program of 25 educational seminars that will focus on key subjects of importance to planners at all levels of experience. The comprehensive educational series will offer attendees the opportunity to acquire expert insights, new ideas, and inspirational advice, helping them to produce more effective meetings.



Planners may choose from a variety of programs depending on their experience and interest. Topics include: meeting contracts, on-site management, negotiation skills, budgeting, effective communication, technology, marketing, designing a brochure and more. Select sessions will be repeated so that participants have the opportunity to attend sessions that run concurrently. Also, as an added benefit, attendees will receive a complimentary bound book containing handouts from all of the seminars.



Providing an excellent opportunity for liaising with fellow planners and other industry professionals, a reception on the evening of Wednesday, June 9 at the Queen Mary will feature great food and drink plus fun-filled entertainment.



Approximately 750 planners are expected to visit this premier exposition and educational conference. This impressive group represents meeting and event planners from a variety of organizations, with a majority from corporate, association and independent sectors and the balance from government, non-profit, education, religious, medical/health care organizations, travel agents, trade show management and the military.

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