PCMA Heartland will host “Destination Celebration” at Studio Dan Meiners in Kansas City, Mo., on April 16. Sales representatives from a collection of over 30 destinations and hotel NSO partners will have the opportunity to network as they enjoy an evening of social energy, food, drink and prizes.
“We are really thrilled with the amount of support we have received in our second year hosting this event in Kansas City,” said David Kinney, Event Chair and PCMA Heartland President Elect/Secretary. “Kansas City’s meetings market has always been very special for many of us, but to have over 90 clients registered and we are still a week out has really blown us away. There are even meeting professionals attending from Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska! We are also very thankful for the 39 CVBs, ALHI and MGM Resorts that have all joined forces to sponsor this event. It’s going to be an electric evening, all in support of Meetings Mean Business Coalition, and the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day.” Kinney is also Director of Midwest Sales for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“It is such a pleasure to be back in greater Kansas City for the second year as Co-Chairman of the Destination Celebration,” said Lisa Lopez, Director of Sales - Midwest & Incentives, of NYC & Company. “What started out last year as six destinations hosting a few clients, has grown significantly this year which is credit to the robust meetings community in Kansas City. We return this year with renewed enthusiasm as the event supports North American Meetings Industry Day. The Destination Celebration is a great opportunity to recognize the economic impact the industry provides our respective destinations. NYC & Company is proud to have our Senior Vice President of Convention Development Jerry Cito serving on the Board of Directors for the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, and to continue to focus attention on the importance of face to face meetings.”
David Peckinpaugh, MMB co-chair and president of Maritz Travel, said, “We are energized by the enthusiasm of organizations in cities all across the United States, Canada and Mexico who have pledged their support for NAMID. The meetings and events industry is a contributor to economic growth, a generator of jobs and a driver of positive business outcomes. MMB is thrilled to join with our partners and launch this important advocacy day for our industry.”
Visit NAMID at www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com/NAMID to learn more about events happening in your community on April 16, 2015. Follow and participate in the digital conversations at @MeetingsMeanBiz on Twitter and by using the hashtags #MMBusiness with #NAMID15. Download the MMB app, available on iPhones and Android devices, to access industry resources and to stay updated on NAMID activity.
About PCMA Heartland
PCMA represents 6,500 meeting industry leaders throughout the globe. Considered the leading organization for meeting and event professionals, with 17 chapters in the United States, Canada and Mexico, PCMA members include planner and trade show/exhibit professionals, suppliers, faculty, students and Emeritus. The PCMA Heartland Chapter serves 175 members from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
About Meetings Mean Business
The Meetings Mean Business coalition was created in 2009 to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face meeting and events industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities. For more information, visit www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com and download our app on iTunes and Google Play.