PCMA Announces Transformational Sites for Convening Leaders

Caesars Entertainment to host 2022 event in Las Vegas; Columbus, Ohio in 2023

PCMA, the world’s largest platform for business events professionals, announced today that its flagship Convening Leaders event will be hosted by Caesars Entertainment at CAESARS FORUM in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2022 and by Columbus, Ohio in 2023.

Thousands of business events professionals and community leaders participate in Convening Leaders, PCMA’s signature education and networking event. The multi-day program attracts participants from all over the world to explore, through leading-edge education, research and networking, how business events generate economic and social legacies for their businesses and communities.

“We are collaborating with two incredible host city partners, each with their own inspirational story on how they are transforming their organizations and communities through business events,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, president and CEO of PCMA. “Caesars Entertainment has demonstrated its commitment to the economic and social power of business events with the opening of CAESARS FORUM in Las Vegas while the world is watching how Columbus is using business events as a catalyst for its prosperity as a smart city of the future.”

Caesars Entertainment will host PCMA Convening Leaders 2022 Jan. 9-12, at CAESARS FORUM, a 550,000-square foot conference center opening in March in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

“Caesars Entertainment is thrilled to be partnering with PCMA and honored that CAESARS FORUM was selected for this important industry event,” said Caesars Entertainment Chief Sales Officer Michael Massari. “CAESARS FORUM, perfect for large corporate and association events, will transform the meetings and events industry in Las Vegas.”

Luci Whiteman, incoming president for PCMA’s Southwest & Pacific chapter, is excited for the opportunity Convening Leaders brings to Las Vegas and to chapter members. “Las Vegas is convenient for many attendees from all over and it’s an exciting place to be,” she said.

Experience Columbus will host PCMA Convening Leaders 2023 Jan. 8-11, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Columbus is consistently ranked as one of the United States’ top cities to visit. Also known as an innovation center, it beat 77 other cities for a $40 million federal grant to reinvent its transportation system and transform how Columbus residents live and access opportunity.

“Columbus is a city on the rise, and we cannot wait to welcome PCMA attendees in 2023 and show them how we are transforming the meetings industry,” said Brian Ross, Experience Columbus president and CEO. “We look forward to working with PCMA to create an unforgettable event that immerses attendees into our creative, diverse and innovative city.”

London Young, president of PCMA’s POWER (Pittsburgh, Ohio, West Virginia and Erie Region) chapter, called it a win-win for Ohio. “Ohio has increasingly become top-of-mind as a prime meeting location and Columbus is positioned perfectly to produce a first-rate experience,” she said. “Showcasing our state to this influential group of global meeting industry professionals will certainly bring more convention and business opportunities while delivering a positive economic impact in the process.”

PCMA Convening Leaders 2020, hosted by San Francisco Travel Association, takes place Jan. 5-8 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. PCMA Convening Leaders 2021, hosted by Visit Houston, will be Jan. 10-13 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Learn more at conveningleaders.org.

For all media enquiries, additional comment and request for interviews, please contact:

Andra Miclaus at davies tanner
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Caesars Entertainment
Reina Herschdorfer
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Mike Young
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Experience Columbus
Lexi Sweet, CTA
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About Experience Columbus

As the destination marketing organization for Ohio’s capital city, Experience Columbus’ mission is to sell, market and promote the best of the city to visitors and enhance their experience. For more information about all Columbus has to offer for meetings, conventions and trade shows, go to meet.experiencecolumbus.com.

About Meetings and Events at Caesars Entertainment Corporation

The world’s most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company, Caesars Entertainment offers meeting and event planners one dedicated team, united nationwide, committed to providing the most successful meeting experiences possible. With one call or email, planners have access to nearly 40 properties in 20 unique destinations, with 2.1 million square feet of meeting space and more than 40,000 guest rooms. Mix and match properties and venues within a destination under a single contract and minimum. Enjoy elite perks, rewards and privileges with our Caesars Rewards Meeting Diamond Program. For more information, please visit www.CaesarsMeansBusiness.com and www.CAESARSFORUM.com.

About Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Caesars Entertainment is one of the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment providers and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio also includes the Caesars Entertainment UK family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to its employees, suppliers, communities and the environment through its PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com/corporate.

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For media queries from the Americas, APAC, EMEA, and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact: Meghan Risch, PCMA Chief of Staff, Vice President, Corporate Communications

About PCMA

PCMA, PCMA Foundation and CEMA educate, inspire, and listen, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking, and market intelligence for the global business events industry. Our mission is to drive social and economic progress through business events. Headquartered in Chicago, IL PCMA has 17 North American Chapters, regional communities in APAC, EMEA and LATAM, and members in 59 countries. The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a PCMA subsidiary, advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals. Visit us at pcma.org.

About PCMA Foundation

The role of the Foundation of PCMA is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant-giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the business events industry. Annually the Foundation funds over $700K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 2,500 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.7M in charitable giving.

About CEMA

The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) is the eminent community for senior event executives, association peers and industry partners and is an integral component of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) brand collective. CEMA promotes professional networking opportunities, facilitates peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and drives industry standards. Through strong relationships with strategic partners, CEMA fosters both finding innovative solutions to business issues and continuous focus on members’ career growth. For more information, please visit http://www.cemaonline.com.

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