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Destination Southeast

The leading hosted-buyer event for top-level, pre-qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in the Southeast.

NOTICE: Please click here to read our statement regarding COVID-19.


ABOUT DESTINATION SOUTHEAST

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, all while enjoying the brand new JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands-Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.

Check out photos from Destination Southeast 2019:

Destination SE 2019
Destination SE 2019
Destination SE 2019
Destination SE 2019

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

Learn

Learn

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

Connect

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

Enjoy

Enjoy

All qualified buyers will be fully hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, including airfare, accommodation, meals and planned activities.

Sunday, August 23

All Day
Arrivals
2:00pm 5:00pm
Registration and Maui Jim Fittings
5:15pm – 6:00pm
Planners: Property Tour of JW Marriott
6:00pm 8:00pm
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Monday, August 24

7:30am 8:30am
Breakfast
8:30am – 9:30am
Education Session
9:45am 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch
1:15pm 3:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
3:15pm – 5:45pm
Afternoon Activities
7:00pm
Dinner

Tuesday, August 25

7:30am 8:30am
Breakfast
8:30am – 9:30am
Education Session
9:45am 12:30pm
One-on-One Appointments
1:00pm – 3:15pm
Lunch
3:15pm – 5:30pm
Free Time
5:30pm
Depart for Off-site Reception
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Off-site Reception

Wednesday, August 26

All Day
Departures

 

INFORMATION

ALL QUALIFIED BUYERS WILL BE FULLY HOSTED BY NORTHSTAR MEETINGS GROUP, INCLUDING AIRFARE, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS, AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES.

Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with key suppliers from the Southeastern U.S.
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Great meals, receptions and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers and suppliers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Marco Island as a premier meetings and incentive destination

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 Cindy Binder at [email protected].

MEET WITH BUYERS LOOKING TO BOOK BUSINESS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN U.S.

Individual Package

EXHIBITORS & SPONSORSHIPS LIMITED AVAILABILITY (FEE FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPLIERS)

  • Display table for one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
  • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & accommodations)
Enterprise Package

MEDIA BONUS OPTION IN SOUTHEAST GUIDE

  • Includes event package at Destination Southeast
  • Ad in the September 2020 issues of Successful Meetings and M&C, plus matching advertorial
    • Half-page or full-page ad option

     


    Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

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

    Angie Kimmel
    (AR)

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

    Kimberly Faulk
    (AL, FL, LA, MS) 

    EXHIBITORS

    2020 Exhibitors

    • The Brazilian Court
    • Daytona Beach Area CVB
    • Florida Keys and Key West
    • Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island, GA
    • Maui Jim Sunglasses
    • The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
    • Ocean Properties Hotels & Resorts
    • Salamander Hotels & Resorts
    • St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB

     

    Click below to see the 2018 list

     

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    Paradise Redefined

    JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, where a renewed sense of purpose burns long after the final sunset. With stunning new guest accommodations, new and re-imagined restaurants, state of the art fitness and entertainment areas, 100,000 square feet of extraordinary, flexible and technologically integrated event space, you can make memories in the spectacular settings, enjoy enriching experiences, indulge in culinary masterpieces and relax and rejuvenate at our newly renovated Spa by JW. The new JW Marriott Marco Island offers a new dimension in luxury, and more ways than ever to work and play in Paradise.

    JW Marriott Marco Island
    400 S Collier Blvd
    Marco Island, FL 34145

    Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

    Suppliers: Please check back for more details.

     

    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 
    • EHRS 
    • Exhibition Housing Services 
    • Global Housing Corporation
    • Trade Show Planners
    • 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.

     

    EVENT TESTIMONIALS

    "Special thanks for all your hard work planning Destination Southeast it was such an amazing experience. I truly had a great time and met so many amazing people and companies!!! Looking forward to next year!"

    - Lauren Ibey, The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa

    "I participate in many events but Northstar hosts the best planned events from educational sessions, networking opportunities and appointments! The staff really understand the need to make sure the planners have time to work while being away.  I look forward to attending Destination Southeast 2020."

    - Ingrid Raboteau, American Coal Council

    "I was impressed with the caliber of meeting planners in attendance. Hosting Destination Southeast was one of our best investments since opening our doors."

    - Margarita Salcedo, Margaritaville Resort Orlando

    "Northstar Meetings plans events and tradeshows like no other, their investment of expertise is experienced in every detail. A great investment of my time with quality suppliers ~ I've already contacted several CVB's and suppliers met through this event with RFP's. Both planners and suppliers are valued and the staff is attentive to every question and need throughout the event. Destination Southeast is an event I cannot afford to miss as a planner!"

    - Kimberly Bean, KBT Creative Support Services

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR SALES REPRESENTATIVE OR:

    Buyers Contact:

    Cindy Binder

    Director of Buyer Development

    [email protected]

    Suppliers Contact:

    Angie Kimmel

    (AR)

    [email protected]

     

    Alison Best

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

    [email protected]

     

    Kimberly Faulk

    (AL, FL, LA, MS)

    [email protected]

    Event Logistics Contact:

    Heather Griffin

    Event Director

    [email protected]