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Meetings Quest Relaunch Coincides With U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week
Meetings Quest, a long-running series of educational and networking events for association and corporate meeting planners, will be re-launched in Mesa, Arizona, May 6–7. Meetings Quest, which is hosted by Visit Mesa, was scheduled to coincide with the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week as a way of highlighting the importance of meetings and events as generators of travel and economic impact.
“We are pleased to be marking National Travel and Tourism Week during the opening celebration for Meetings Quest,” said Timothy Schneider, president and CEO of Schneider Publishing, which publishes Association News magazine and organizes Meetings Quest. “We believe that a strong travel industry benefits all sectors of the economy and we’re delighted to be working with Visit Mesa to provide a Travel Rally Day event for the entire state of Arizona.”
The Travel Rally Day event will be held the evening of May 6 at the Mesa Arts Center. Following a “Taste of Mesa” culinary and cultural experience, tours of the arts center and a welcome from Mesa Mayor
Alex Finter. To mark National Travel and Tourism Week, Schneider will moderate a panel discussion on the state of the travel industry with Marc Garcia, president & CEO of Visit Mesa; Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism; Debbie Johnson, president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association; and Martha Sheridan, chairperson of Destination Marketing Association International. The session will be held on the main stage of the Mesa Arts Center, the 1,571-seat Ikeda Theater.
On the morning of Wednesday, May 7, Meetings Quest will offer two Learning Lab sessions centered on meeting-planning technology and social media strategies for event organizers. The innovative meetings-industry training will be facilitated by Steven Hacker, former president of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, who now serves as “The Association Doctor” columnist for Association News. Expert presenters include LinkedIn co-founder Eric Ly, founder and CEO of Presdo.com; Michelle Wyatt, partner at Cadmium CD; Michael Barnett, CEO of InGO; and Jake Zatzkin, marketing manager in charge of digital strategies for the National Association of Broadcasters.
Also on Wednesday, May 7, a soul-stirring keynote address will feature Chris Waddell, the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history. Waddell hosted NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Paralympic Games from Sochi, Russia, and has won SportsTravel magazine’s Humanitarian of the Year award for his work through the One Revolution Foundation, which he founded. Waddell’s keynote will be followed by an afternoon trade show at the Mesa Convention Center featuring exhibitors interested in working with corporate and association meeting planners.
The Mesa Arts Center is the largest facility of its type in the state of Arizona. Owned and operated by the city of Mesa, the Mesa Arts Center features four theaters, five art galleries and 14 art studios. The Mesa Arts Center’s mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible and relevant.
“The Arizona Travel Rally Day event will reflect Mesa’s emerging leadership position in the Arizona travel industry,” said Schneider. “For meeting and event planners who are not familiar with all that Mesa offers, this event at the Mesa Arts Center on May 6 and Meetings Quest at the Mesa Convention Center on May 7 will provide those who can bring groups to Mesa a first-hand experience of the terrific venues and facilities this unique destination offers.”
Meetings Quest was acquired last year by Los Angeles-based Schneider Publishing, publishers of SportsTravel and Association News magazines and organizers of the TEAMS Conference & Expo. The group travel markets served by Schneider Publishing generate 106 million hotel room nights annually.
For further information or to register, visit www.MeetingsQuest.com or call toll-free (877) 577-3700.
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