Destination Texas

The premier hosted-buyer event for Texas suppliers to connect with meeting professionals sourcing programs in Texas.

Meet with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the Lonestar State in prescheduled one-on-one appointments and network with your industry peers.

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Destination Texas — Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event — brings together the most highly-qualified meeting buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, DMCs, DMOs and tourism offices from Texas. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers and network with this exclusive group.

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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 around the world during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.



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


December 5, 2022

3:00pm 6:00pm
6:00pm – 6:30pm
Site Inspection (planners only)
6:30pm 8:30pm
Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Kimpton Harper Hotel  


December 6, 2022

7:30am 8:00am

Sponsored by Kalahari Resorts

8:00am – 9:00am
Education: From Travel Hell to Travel Well

Presented by John Ayo

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What if you could maintain your poise, your good mood, your energy and your health no matter what crazy stuff happens on your trip?

Are you doing your best to provide a wellness-focused experience for participants, helping them maximize the value of participating in your meetings or events?

Anyone who is tired, cranky or sick (including you) can’t perform at their best, and that undermines the very purpose of traveling to meetings. In this session, John Ayo, a traditional naturopath (natural health doctor) who spent more than 30 years traveling around the world for IBM, offers advice for optimal health and effectiveness on the go. John will share immediately useful tips for healthy choices for maximizing your productivity on your next trip and when you return, plus suggestions on how to pass this knowledge on to participants at your own events.

Key Takeaways

  • Maintain wellness when traveling by understanding how to naturally support your and your attendees' immune systems
  • Help your body reduce jet lag symptoms so that you can perform at your best
  • How to sleep better when you're on the road
  • Reduce the stress you feel when you travel
  • Help participants stay stress-free at events
  • Understand the best foods to eat — and serve — and which foods to avoid 
9:15am – 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:15pm – 1:45pm

Sponsored by Visit The Woodlands

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Free Time
3:30pm 4:00pm
Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Fort Worth Stockyard Experience & Dinner

Sponsored by Visit Fort Worth


December 7, 2022

7:30am – 8:00am
8:00am 9:00am
Education: A Futurist's Guide to Attendee Engagement

Presented by Scott Steinberg

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As research and our collective experiences have proven, it's harder than ever to attract and retain an audience's attention. The trick is to plan shorter, zippier educations sessions with tested techniques to make learning stick. In this interactive Q&A, trends expert and futurist Scott Steinberg will share creative strategies for engaging and educating highly distracted people.

Participants will learn:

  • How to pack an hour of education into 15 minutes
  • Antidotes to conference complacency
  • Easy ways to simplify visuals
  • How to make even dry topics fun
9:15am – 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:15pm – 1:45pm
Farewell Lunch

John Ayo

John Ayo

Keynote speaker, wellness expert, sales specialist and author

John Ayo is a keynote speaker, wellness expert, sales specialist and author. He was a successful sales rep, who survived in the super-stressful technology sector for 19 years, then moved into sales training and meeting planning internationally for 12 years. His book Travel Balance helps people stay energized and balanced while traveling. He has spoken to thousands of people in 26 countries sharing his secrets to staying sane and healthy in a crazy world.

Scott Steinberg

Scott Steinberg

Professional speaker, management consultant

Award-winning professional speaker and management consultant Scott Steinberg has created a new teaching and training method called Pop Future. A trends expert and futurist, Steinberg has advised more than 1,000 brands, and is the bestselling author of Think Like a Futurist; Make Change Work for You; and Fast >> Forward: How to Turbo-Charge Business, Sales, and Career Growth. He is also president and CEO of BIZDEV: The International Association for Business Development and Strategic Partnerships.



Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with suppliers from Texas
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speaker
  • Networking opportunities with other elite buyers and suppliers

Follow along on Instagram: #DestinationTX

Follow along on LinkedIn: #DestinationTX

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


Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or James Antaky.

Request Info Destination Texas



  • Abilene CVB
  • Austin Convention Center
  • Destination El Paso
  • Discover Odessa
  • Fredericksburg CVB
  • Grapevine CVB
  • Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine
  • Hotel Drover
  • Kalahari Resorts
  • Kimpton Harper Hotel
  • Laredo CVB
  • MPEC and Wichita Falls CVB
  • Sheraton McKinney
  • South Padre Island
  • The Colony Texas
  • The Westin Galleria Houston and Westin Post Oak
  • Visit College Station
  • Visit Conroe/Margaritaville Resort Lake Conroe
  • Visit Corpus Christi
  • Visit Fort Worth
  • Visit Houston
  • Visit Irving
  • Visit Lubbock
  • Visit McKinney
  • Visit Plano
  • Visit The Woodlands
  • Visit Tyler


Kimpton Harper Hotel
714 Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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:

  • ExpoSite
  • CBS International
  • Corporate Booking Services
  • EHRS
  • 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.


Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman

Director of Buyer Development

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

James Antaky

Business Development Director

[email protected]


Amanda Blanar Kelly

Sales & Client Services Manager

[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Andrea Hennings

Event Director (Live & Digital) - Consultant

[email protected]