Why HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings®? Just listen to what industry reps and your peers have to say...
“In today’s economic climate, planners are seeking affordable options that still offer great value for their meetings. The 2011 series will offer a diverse selection of vendors and a strong educational component to help planners stay in tune with the changes in the industry while meeting their goals and staying within tightened budget guidelines.”
--Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI.
Hear what previous ATTENDEES are saying about why they attend HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® ...
“LOVED THE SHOW...I can’t wait to come back next year!”
“Very well done and very informative. Already used some of the tips learned in the sessions while planning an event.”
“You get great education sessions, trade show and networking. You can’t beat that!”
“The instruction offered is ‘real-world’, not theory. I am able to apply what I learn immediately.”
“The excellent seminars that are offered during the two days.”
More than 56% of Affordable Meetings® planners do not attend any other trade show.
For exhibitors, HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings® offers the opportunity to connect with an exclusive group of planners. Hear what EXHIBITORS are saying ...
“My mission was to find new clients with potential for Latin America. At the show, we were able to zero in on prospective clients, leaving with a solid list of contacts for immediate follow-up after the show.”
--Margarita G. Muselli of InterContinental Hotels Group, Latin America, a new division created exclusively for Latin America
“The Affordable Meetings National Show has always been a great way for us to connect with buyers from the Washington DC Metro area.”
--Anne Roth, CMP Key Account Director; Groups & Incentives – IHG InterContinental Hotels Group
“Unique Venues has been attending Affordable Meetings National since 1992. This year, our team of venues was very pleased with the show, experiencing the highest volume of traffic since pre-9/11 days. It felt like the glory days of trade show marketing again. More planners, better qualified planners, serious planners. That’s what we experienced this year. We’ll be back for sure!”
–Chuck Salem, President; Unique Venues
“Affordable Meetings DC is one of our most anticipated shows of the year. Not only do we consistently meet qualified planners with future potential, we walk away with new relationships built right there on the show floor. This show plays an important part in our marketing strategy, and proves to be worthwhile every year.”
--Lesly Connolly, Convention Sales Manager; Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau
“Our experience as a start-up company working with Affordable Meetings could not have been better ... Our company proudly boasts, “Setting A Standard”, Affordable Meetings exceeds the standard. We plan on attending future meetings as a result of our results.”
--Gregory Wirth, Director of Sales; ICONIC ~ Meetings and Events
“Great traffic and top quality buyers….last year was our first year exhibiting at ETE/Affordable Meetings, and it generated more leads than any of the other top meetings industry shows did for us in Washington DC last year.”
--Michael J. Hatch, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales; a2z, Inc.
"We were very pleased that we took the decision to participate at Event Technology Expo - it was a good group of exhibitors to be amongst and the right visitor audience for us. We took RFP's right there at the booth and had other hot leads to follow up straight after."
--Arran Coole, CEO; ASP Inc