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November 15 (Tuesday) 2016 | 11:00 am to Noon CST

Meetings Outlook: A Deep Dive into the Latest Business Trends

Sponsored by IMEX Group and MGM Resorts International

Jessie States and Bill Voegeli

Meeting professionals are so over-taxed in the present, they often forget—or don't have the time—to look ahead. Take a moment to preview the future based on MPI's most recent Meetings Outlook research, published quarterly in The Meeting Professional magazine and then discuss the trends that are most affecting you and your peers. Brainstorm ways to start planning for the uncertain future with case studies and best practices from around the globe.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Review the forecast for events in the coming year, including budget, attendance and business conditions.
  • Deep dive into trends that matter and discuss next steps with your peers.
  • Learn how these trends affect you and the future of your meetings.


Nov.  17 (Thursday) 2016 | 11:00 am – Noon CST
Clock Hour TBD

An Industry in Flux: Meetings after the U.S. Presidential Election

Jessie States

Whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidency in November (or a third party takes the country’s reins), meetings and events in the United States will change based on the promises and platforms of the candidates themselves, the parties that control the legislature and the judges who are elected to the Supreme Court in the next few years. How does the outcome of the U.S. presidential election affect our meeting and our industry moving forward? Join this town hall discussion to talk through what the future of U.S. meetings may look like given the result of the Nov. 8 event.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Review the platform of the recently elected candidates.
  • Consider the related outcomes for meetings and events.
  • Action plan for any changes that might occur in the industry due to the election itself.

 


Nov. 29 (Tuesday) 2016 | 11:00 am – Noon CST

Clock Hour TBD

It’s All about the Experience, Nothing More

Scott Lockey, Managing Director, Partnerships, and Banks Holcombe, Director, Partnerships for QuickMobile

Event planners are rethinking the way they create experiences. In this session, learn how to create a wave of experiences using an interactive mobile event app that balances both passive and active interaction. From considerations and requirements to enhancing two-way, co-creative experiences to weaving the attendee experience into your event program right from the start, you’ll be ready to run a memorable and enduring event.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Discover how to create pre-event moments, attendee connections and collaboration.
  • Implement strategies that ensure participants are engaged in the moment, inspired to share, and stay focused on the event.  
  • Maximize the experience long after the event is over and demonstrate event success like never before.

 


Dec. 13 (Tuesday) 2016 | 11:00 am – Noon CST

Clock Hour TBD

Bienvenido a Mexico: Meetings South of the Border

Sponsored by Visit Mexico

Your organization has been considering the option of holding meetings in Mexico, but you’re not sure why it makes a good business decision. Discover Mexico’s competitive advantages, tax incentives, overall connectivity, and business clusters by industry, and how they make the country an ideal partner for your meetings. Clear up some common misconceptions about the “language barrier” and more. Then, learn from several key regions (Los Cabos, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara and Monterrey) about hotel infrastructure, venues, air connectivity and leisure attractions.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Learn about tax incentives, connectivity and business in Mexico.
  • Clear up common misconceptions about meetings in Mexico.
  • Discover several key regions and the options they provide for your meetings and events.

 


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