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EMCVenues To Host MEET USA-MidAtlantic 2009

Accredited Washington, DC-area Educational Conference
Free to Meeting & Event Planners, Press

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Brielle, New Jersey, June 2009… EMCVenues, the global meetings resource company specializing in meeting sourcing, education events and supplier tradeshows, and online registration support, announces “MEET USA-MidAtlantic 2009.”   The 2-day educational conference will be held in the Washington, DC region, in Bethesda, Maryland, on August 17th and 18th.  It will take place at the Doubletree Bethesda Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, which is located two miles from the Capital Beltway with easy accessibility to Washington, DC.

MEET USA-MidAtlantic, which is expected to draw more than 150 meeting professionals, is a premier interactive meeting educational conference for planners of all experience levels.  MEET features comprehensive and accredited educational sessions, a large supplier showcase, and extensive networking opportunities.  MEET USA MidAtlantic is provided complimentary to meeting & event planners and the press. The conference will connect attendees with some of the most influential and knowledgeable speakers in the meeting and events industries, as well as prominent sponsors, industry peers, and meeting suppliers.  Conferees will also receive valuable credit toward industry-recognized certifications.

Those who attend the MEET conference will benefit if they have planning and management responsibilities that relate to the meeting industry, including:

  • Meeting Planning, Operations, Services, Coordination, Development, Management
  • Procurement, Purchasing, Strategic Sourcing 
  • Event, Trade Show and Conference Management 
  • Executive Coordinator/Administration 
  • Travel Management 
  • Human Resources, Training 
  • Independent Meeting Planning Company
MEET USA-MidAtlantic 2009 Program Highlights

Participants in MEET USA-MidAtlantic conference have the opportunity to sign up for a two-day or a full-day program, including the general sessions, 15 educational sessions, a tradeshow event, and networking receptions.  Thirty-five exhibitors will be on hand representing some of the most prominent venues and suppliers from around the nation sharing best practices and current knowledge.

MEET USA-MidAtlantic’s curriculum is presented in multi-tiered individual tracks.   Conference goers have the opportunity to attend MEET’s Supplier Showcase, featuring national, regional and local hotels, resorts, conference centers, CVB's, and meeting service providers.

Conference sponsors, who have enabled complimentary registration for meeting & event planners and the press, include Master Connections, Turning Technologies, Ontime Promotions, Cvent, Rick Bloom Audio Visual, Gilman Performance Systems, Doubletree Bethesda Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, and the host, EMCVenues.

Opening & Closing General Sessions

Monday:  Contracting for the Next Decade:  Are your Contracts Measuring Up?

Joshua L. Grimes, Esq. will address this important issue for all planners, providing current thinking on:

  • The Top Ten Contract Trends 
  • Federal Stimulus Law - TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) - Will they become "Best Practices" for All Companies and Associations? 
  • Interactive Table Discussions, Best Practice Sharing and Q & A
Tuesday:  Innovative Meetings of Tomorrow

Learn from a panel of experts about the latest trends and innovations in the hospitality industry.  Hear about healthy eating trends, meeting technology trends, green initiatives, team networking, and much more.  The panel will feature speakers from Thayer Lodging Group venues from around the country.

Five Comprehensive Educational Tracks

  • Meeting Planning 101 and 201:  A Beginners and Intermediate Guide to Planning 
  • Advanced Contract Negotiations 
  • Food and Beverage Planning in a Difficult Economy 
  • Top Concessions you should include in your RFP and Hotel Negotiations 
  • De-Mystifying Audio-Visual and Technology
During the two-day MEET conference, attendees have the opportunity to move between 15 educational sessions within the Five Tracks, including:  Meeting Planning 101 - A Beginner Workshop; Strategies on Diversifying Your Business in Challenging Economic Times; Strategic Meeting Management - Leveraging Your Travel Procurement Department; Networking Events that Won't Break the Budget; Corporate Social Responsibility and Advanced Green Meeting Practices; Effective RFP Writing & Top Concessions, and many more.

Success at the Speed of Networking

The unique 5-Minute Speed Networking program was created exclusively by EMCVenues for the MEET conferences. Participants in MEET USA-MidAtlantic 2009 will experience first hand Speed Networking, honing their skills during the session and learning how to apply these to the “time is money” work environment. 

Networking Reception, Show & Mixer

A special networking reception to top off the conference day.  Guests will enjoy a very special social event offering opportunities to network with industry colleagues, peers, sponsors and suppliers.

Meeting Supplier Showcase 

The tradeshow representing some of the Most Prominent Venues and Suppliers locally, regionally and nationally.

Tea Cup Auction 

Featuring fabulous prizes from Gift Baskets, Gift Cards to incredible Weekend Vacation Packages, which also serve to highlight the unique features of several suppliers.

Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center

The Doubletree Bethesda Hotel and Executive Meeting Center   www.doubletreebethesda.com  / 301-652-2000 is situated in the heart of the bustling corporate, entertainment, shopping, and restaurant district of this distinctive Washington DC suburb, just northwest of the District line. 

Close by is Georgetown and the convenient Metrorail transportation system, which puts popular DC attractions such as The White House, Smithsonian, and The Capitol within easy reach.

MEET USA MidAtlantic 2009 planners have negotiated a preferred guestroom rate of $75 per person per night for conference participants. 

Participants Receive Valuable Credit toward Industry-recognized Certifications

  • Certified Meeting Professional - 1.25 contact hours/points per session attended
  • Certified Account Executive - 6 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for attending all sessions
For an Agenda Overview of MEET USA-MidAtlantic, please visit: http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Agenda.aspx?e=652246d5-06cb-4854-ac0a-0e6708a13b44

To Register for MEET USA-MidAtlantic, visit:
http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/info/summary.aspx?e=652246d5-06cb-4854-ac0a-0e6708a13b44 where they can also receive more information. 

About EMCVenues:

EMCVenues is a one-stop marketplace for meeting & event planners and venues globally.  It exists to actively bring the two groups together, managing the process and the relationship for a productive outcome for each.  Through its extensive international portfolio of meeting and event facilities; its attendee and meeting management solutions products; its vendor relationships providing meeting support services; its vast planner, customer and provider databases; and its marketing and promotions expertise; the company has the capacity and the bandwidth to engage in every aspect of the meeting and event planning and execution process.  The goal is a successful meeting or event -- from concept to completion -- for both the venue and the planner organization.  For more information on EMCVenues, visit www.emcvenues.com.

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Contact:

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864  /  201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

Jody Wallace
President & CEO, EMCVenues
732-528-9340
jwallace@emcvenues.com

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