Questex, which manages the MEET series of events under a strategic agreement with Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), said the 2015 show will feature a trade show, conference program and one-to-one appointments. Also next year, HSMAI’s MEET MidAmerica event will head to Texas, a first for the event, Feb. 2-3 at The Fairmont Dallas hotel, with 80 suppliers and 80 fully hosted buyers. HSMAI’s MEET West event will be held May 5-6 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in California, also with a trade show, conference program and one-to-one appointments. Marilyn McHugh, Questex Hospitality + Travel vice president, global events, said the 2015 format is similar to Questex’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) events, which cater exclusively to the MICE market and have proven successful by offering one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training and networking opportunities for meeting and event-planning professionals. “We will continue to build upon the proven popularity of the MEET series of conferences in 2015 with new locations, enhanced meeting formats and top-of-the line training opportunities,” she said. “Our innovative program puts buyers and suppliers together – face-to-face – in a fun, engaging and effective format designed to generates leads.” Fran Brasseux, HSMAI executive vice president, said next year’s events will offer new ways to do business, high-quality education and more face-to-face appointments.“The evolving format of the shows will add value to both our suppliers and buyers,” she said. MEET brings together meeting planners with suppliers representing hotels, resorts and meeting venues, convention and visitors bureaus and technology, event services and promotional and marketing products vendors. The 2014 MEET National program attracted more than 800 attendees and more than 110 suppliers and featured peer-to-peer networking, educational sessions, team-building activities and a standing-room-only keynote address by Juliet Funt, humorous business speaker and daughter of the late Allen Funt, creator and host of the TV show Candid Camera. She urged the audience to become more engaged and creative despite their too-busy, over-committed lives. Connie Del Signore, president & CEO of the Annapolis & Anne Arundel Conference & Visitors Bureau, has been attending MEET National for over 10 years. “It’s always been a great show,” she said. “The difference in the show this year has created a lot of excitement. We meet the right type of planners for us – association planners. We’re in a great market and really need to let people know we are serious about meetings.” Karen Holsendorff, meeting manager at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, said the show was “wonderful and very educational” with great sessions and new information for planners. “The one-on-one meetings were great, because it’s always good to meet people face-to-face,” she added. First-time attendee Nancy White, executive director of the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials, said the show was “fabulous,” adding, “I loved the supplier area and visiting the vendors from different cities we’d want to visit in the future. You just make a lot of connections.” HSMAI’s MEET (Meetings, Events, Education, & Technology) expos are trade shows designed for hospitality sales and marketing professionals to present their properties, destinations and services to the industry’s leading planners and decision-makers. For more information about HSMAI’s MEET series of events, visit MEETConference.com. Related Link: HSMAI