New Site-Selection Priorities for Meetings and Events

Experts discuss the latest factors affecting the choice of destinations and venues.

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This originally took place live on July 20, 2022.

Have your site-selection priorities shifted? See how your program compares and share your feedback in this webinar. We hear from site-selection experts about the latest trends affecting planners’ choices of destinations and venues. This discussion will cover the influence of factors such as sustainability, social responsibility and more.

Participants will learn more about:

  • New considerations that are affecting destination and venue decisions
  • How social and environment concerns play a role in site-selection
  • What DMO representatives can do to support planners during the selection process


Earns 1 Hour of CMP Credit





Robyn Domber

Vice President, Research
Development Counsellors International

Robyn leads DCI’s Research Division, which is positioned to provide customized insights that help guide clients' strategic planning and marketing strategies in the economic development and tourism practice areas. She joined DCI in 2011 after more than 15 years of working as an economic development and site-selection consultant. Since joining DCI, she has spearheaded research programs for all tourism audiences — consumers, travel trade, media and meetings/incentives planners and suppliers.

For the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), Robyn conducted three research studies that explored the generational purchasing preferences of meeting planners in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, and also serves as IACC’s research partner for their Meeting Room of the Future research series.



Michael Hudson

Site Search & Select

A 35-year veteran of the hospitality and meetings industries, Michael is dedicated to perfecting partnerships with global venues and local service providers that elevate and creatively propel his client partners' events beyond their expectations. Among Michael's specialties are his knowledge of and experience with international and offshore markets.

Michael has embraced the supplier diversity initiative with Fortune 500 procurement and has been certified as a diverse supplier since 2013 through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. He's a firm believer that unique, diverse perspectives bring creativity to every program. Michael is a past president of Meeting Professionals International Greater New York Chapter and a former executive committee member of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce — New York, and he remains an active member of both organizations.



Kim Paine

Vice President and Co-Owner
Site Selection Services

As vice president of Site Selection Services, Kim is responsible for the operational management and strategic direction of the company. Her focus is on strengthening her client and industry relations and process improvement within the company. Her portfolio of long-term clients range from corporations to nonprofit agencies and associations, with her most extensive experience in pharmaceutical and medical meetings.

Kim's 15 years of experience contracting hundreds of meetings in more than 30 countries has made her knowledgeable advisor to her clients. She has a proven track record of delivering strategic contract negotiations, cost savings and risk mitigation.




Michael J. Shapiro

Executive Editor
Northstar Meetings Group

Michael has covered the transformative effects of technology on meetings and travel for more than a dozen years at Northstar, where he also plays a key role in developing content around topical industry trends, hospitality, and a wide variety of destinations. He is a writer, editor, photographer and recently returned expat, following a lengthy stay in Guadalajara — aka the Silicon Valley of Mexico.