Destination Southeast

The leading hosted-buyer event for top-level, pre-qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in the Southeast. All planners are invited to register for the all-new 2022 Event Design Lab, developed in partnership with the Event Leadership Institute.


Destination Southeast — Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event — brings together the most highly-qualified meeting and incentive buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, attractions, DMCs, DMOs and tourism offices from the Southeastern states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers and network with this exclusive group. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands-Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.

Now featuring the 2022 Event Design Lab, developed in partnership with the Event Leadership Institute, a half-day intensive education program focused on solutions to help planners design successful events in the face of current inflation and supply challenges.

Participation in the 2022 Event Design Lab is open to all planners, regardless of qualification for Destination Southeast, and supplier participation is welcomed for an additional, nominal fee. Reduced registration fee for all qualified Destination Southeast buyers. Register here.  

Follow along on Instagram: #DestinationSE and on LinkedIn: #DestinationSE



Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers who will provide targeted education specific to your needs as a meeting and incentive planner.



Connect with premier suppliers from the Southeast U.S. during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments.



All qualified buyers will be hosted by Northstar Meetings Group.

The Shores Hotel
2637 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach Shores, Florida 32118

Buyers: We will make your reservations for you

Suppliers: Exhibitors will be sent a housing link via email approximately 2 months prior to the event.

Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:
- CBS International
- Corporate Booking Services
- Exhibition Housing Services
- Global Housing Corporation
- World Wide Travel
Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group.




Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with key suppliers from the Southeastern U.S.
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Networking opportunities with other elite buyers and suppliers
  • Event Design Lab at a reduced rate of $95 (optional)

Follow along on Instagram: #DestinationSE
Follow along on LinkedIn: #DestinationSE

To learn more why past buyers say this event is the best networking and education experience in the meetings and incentive industry, please contact Dana Kallman at [email protected].

Howard Givner

Howard Givner

Founder and CEO of the Event Leadership Institute

Howard Givner is the founder and CEO of the Event Leadership Institute, the leading provider of certification courses, curated summits, thought leadership content, video classes, and other professional development resources for the meetings and events industry.  Previously he was the founder of an award-winning event agency, and CEO of North America for two other global agencies. He provides consulting services for corporate event teams, event agencies and other businesses on growth, innovation, ROI, strategy and branding. Howard is a frequent industry speaker, writer and educator on a broad range of topics. He is an avid hiker, crossword solver, podcast junkie, fiction writer and cancer survivor.

Kristine Iverson

Kristine Iverson

President and founder, Crow Practice, LLC

Kristine Iverson is a business owner, wellness advocate and activist who loves to share her passion for wellbeing and mindfulness. Her business, Coordinated Response on Wellness Practice, works as a national hub of wellness experts that provides opportunities for health and wellbeing to be added to any event, whether in person or virtual. Kristine offers keynote speeches, stress trainings, and meditation and mindfulness sessions.



Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director: 

Alison Best
(GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

Shalise DeMott
(AR, AL, FL, LA, MS) 


  • American Airlines
  • Atlanta Airport District
  • Awesome Alpharetta
  • Boundless Network
  • Chattanooga
  • Daytona Beach Area CVB
  • Delta
  • Essential Bodywear
  • Experience Columbia SC
  • Experience Kissimmee
  • Explore Asheville
  • Florida Keys and Key West
  • Groups 360
  • Guy Harvey Resort
  • Hard Rock Daytona Beach
  • Hilton Head Island - Blufton Chamber
  • Jekyll Club
  • JW Marriott Marco Island
  • Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • Maui Jim
  • Memphis Peabody
  • Memphis Tourism
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Ocean Properties
  • Pinellas - St. Pete
  • Reunion Resort & Golf Club
  • RP Funding Center
  • Seiko
  • St. Augustine Ponte Vedra & The Beaches
  • The Shores Hotel & Spa
  • Universal Orlando
  • Virginia Beach CVB
  • Visit Central Florida
  • Visit Charlotte
  • Visit Jacksonville
  • Visit Orlando
  • Visit Savannah
  • Visit Tampa Bay



Education produced in partnership with
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Sunday, September 11, 2022

All Day
11:00am 5:30pm
Registration & Gifting Lounge
1:00pm – 5:00pm
2022 Event Design Lab presented by Howard Givner

The 2022 Event Design Lab is an optional education program being offered to all planners and suppliers at a nominal cost. Click here for more information.

1. Incorporating Outcomes-Based Design Principles

2. Innovating Content Delivery Models

3. Elevating Speakers and Presentations

4. Facilitating Impactful Connections

5. Proving the Value of Your Event

2:00pm 5:30pm
Supplier tabletop set-up (Optional)
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Planners: Property Tour of The Shores Resort & Spa
6:30pm 8:30pm
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa

Monday, September 12, 2022

7:30am 8:30am

Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa

8:00am – 9:15am
Education: Strategies for Being A Better Negotiator

Presented by Howard Givner, Founder and CEO of Event Leadership Institute
With prices increasing for labor and supplies, and increased demand facing limited venue availability, negotiating a favorable solution is more challenging than ever. This session will explore key factors that influence your negotiating power, strategies to get the best possible deal, the 5 negotiating personality styles and how to navigate each one.

9:45am 11:45am
One-on-One Appointments (7 w/break at 10:45am)
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Sponsored by Explore Asheville

1:15pm 3:00pm
One-on-One Appointments (6 w/break at 2pm)
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Free Time & Optional Activities
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tour at Ocean Center and Dinner @ Hard Rock Hotel

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

7:30am 8:15am
Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa
8:30am – 9:30am
Education: Calm in the Chaos: Creating Your Own Wellness

Presented by Kristine Iverson
Sponsored by Visit Orlando

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What can we do when a situation leaves us feeling overwhelmed, anxious or angry? This emotional state plays in the background of even the most stoic of minds, affecting work, relationships and even the choices we make when we eat – if we remember to eat at all!

Wellness expert Kristine Iverson will share techniques for healthy minds and bodies at home, work and in a meeting environment, and empower participants with tools to create their own calm in the chaos. 

Participants will learn:

  • Breathing and meditation techniques to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Wellness tools to incorporate into meeting agendas
  • How to recognize feeling burnt out and overwhelmed
10:00am 12:30pm
One-on-One Appointments (9 w/break at 11:15am)
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Closing Lunch
Activities or Optional Departures
2:00pm 8:30pm
Post FAM

Hosted by the Daytona Beach Area CVB

See flyer for more information

Presented in partnership with 
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The 2022 Event Design Lab is a half-day intensive education program focused on solutions to help planners design successful events in the face of current inflation and supply challenges. Registration is open to all planners, regardless of their hosted buyer qualification for Destination Southeast. Supplier participation is also welcomed for an additional, nominal fee. Reduced registration fee for qualified Destination Southeast planners. Register here.

Sunday September 11, 2022

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Event Design Lab presented by Howard Givner

1. Incorporating Outcomes-Based Design Principles

  • Examine the various reasons people go to events (attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, etc.)
  • Differentiate which event elements are better delivered in person vs. virtual
  • Design in-person events to leverage the strengths of being face-to-face
  • Promote event outcomes vs. event features

2. Innovating Content Delivery Models 

  • Explore different methods of delivering sessions
  • Identify which session formats are best, based on the content, audience and goals
  • Design room layouts that facilitate learning and networking

3. Elevating Speakers and Presentations 

  • Identify key adult-learning principles 
  • Explore best practices for slide and presentation design
  • Provide a storytelling framework for speakers to convey their message

4. Facilitating Impactful Connections 

  • Create a culture of fostering connections
  • Craft attendee personas and curate opportunities for bringing them together
  • Incorporate best practices for curated matchmaking

5. Proving the Value of Your Event 

  • Allow time and methods for participants to reflect on key takeaways
  • Help attendees develop actionable plans to implement learning
  • Design post-event communications to demonstrate the impact on attendees’ jobs and businesses

5:30 6:00pm
Planners Property Tour of The Shores Resort
6:30 – 8:30
Welcome Reception

Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa

Monday September 12, 2022

7:30am 8:00am

Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa

8:30 9:30am

2022 Event Design Lab registrants will be eligible to participate in the program and all activities noted above, at the following rates:

  • Planners qualified as hosted for Destination Southeast: $95
  • Planners not qualified as hosted for Destination Southeast: $195
  • Suppliers participating in Destination Southeast: $95

    Register here.


Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman

Manager of Buyer Development

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

Alison Best

(GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

[email protected]


Shalise Demott

(AL, AR, FL, LA, MS)

[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Tammy Wightman

[email protected]