Destination West

Destination West is the premier hosted-buyer event for qualified meetings and incentive professionals sourcing programs in the West. Formerly Discover Colorado, Destination West will also include other destinations and hotels in the Western U.S.

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Destination West enables attendees to experience firsthand the most desirable destinations, hotels and activities for successful meetings, while making invaluable business connections. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.

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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, accommodation, meals and planned activities.

Erin Popovich

Erin Popovich

Three-time Paralympian

Erin Popovich is a three-time Paralympian and 19-time para swimming medalist, including 14 gold medals. A native from of Little Rock, Ark., Popovich attended Colorado State University, where she competitively raced against able-body athletes on the Rams swim team. At her first Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000, she won three gold medals and three silver medals, while setting four world records. Four years later at the Athens Games, Popovich won seven gold medals in seven races, including three world records and four Paralympic Games records. A two-time winner of the ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability, she was also named the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year in 2005. Now on the administrative side of Paralympic sport, Popovich, the associate director of Para Swimming Sport Operations for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, now runs para swimming events.

Dean Savoca

Dean Savoca

Dean Savoca is the performance development partner for organizations who want highly effective teams who are focused, aligned and inspired.  A +25-year veteran of the performance improvement industry with a master’s degree in Organizational Performance and Change, Dean is a board-certified coach and has conducted more than 12,000 executive coaching sessions.  Dean keynotes nationwide and works closely with senior leaders who are passionate about building a development culture. He also guides nature-immersed intentional living retreats in the Rocky Mountains where overachievers can unplug, reflect and reboot.

Sunday, June 6

3:00pm – 5:45pm
3:00pm – 5:45pm
Supplier tabletop set-up (Optional)
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Jean Jacket Bar
Hosted by IGC
5:45pm – 6:30pm
Planners: Property Tour
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Welcome Reception

Hosted by Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Monday, June 7

7:30am 8:30am

Hosted by Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

7:30am 8:30am
Jean Jacket Bar
Hosted by IGC
8:30am – 10:00am
Education: Peer Discussion: What Meeting Buyers and Suppliers Need Now to Succeed
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Hospitality veteran and business coach Dean Savoca will lead a panel of your colleagues in a discussion of current challenges and effective solutions. Audience members are invited to weigh in and share their experiences so that everyone walks away with a better understanding of market conditions and some ideas for more effective partnerships.

10:00am – 10:15am
10:15am – 11:45am
One-on-One Appointments (6)
12:00pm – 2:15pm
2:30pm – 3:45pm
One-on-One Appointments (5)
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Explore City on Your Own / Optional Activities hosted by Imprint Group
Gather for transportation to off-site Reception
Transportation sponsored by Presidential
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Reception at Bigsby's Folly

Sponsored by Visit Denver CVB

Tuesday, June 8

7:30am 8:30am
Hosted by Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
7:30am 8:30am
Jean Jacket Bar
Hosted by IGC
8:30am – 9:30am
Education: ADA Lessons from a Para Swimmer
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As a three-time Paralympian and 14-time gold-medal winner, Erin Popovich has seen it all: the glory and heartbreak of sport, and the lack of thought put into many of the facilities she has visited as both an athlete and as an official for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Popovich, who now runs para swimming events, will share her inspiring story, and then discuss what every planner should know about accommodating attendees, from just getting into the building to making sure all their needs are taken care of.

Participants will learn:

  • The challenges Popovich has met and overcome to become a Paralympian;
  • What accommodations are paramount for Para athletes;
  • What it takes to run a Para event; and
  • How such accommodations fit into an overall diversity and inclusion plan.
9:30am – 9:45am
9:45am – 11:30pm
One-on-One Appointments (7)
Gather for transportation to off-site Lunch
Transportation sponsored by Presidential
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Hosted by Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center





Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two-and-a-half productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with key suppliers from the Western U.S.
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Colorado Springs area as a premier meetings and incentive destination.

Follow along on Instagram: #DestinationWest
Follow along on LinkedIn: #DestinationWest

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].


Enterprise Package


  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-schedule appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • All networking events and activities


Individual Package


  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-schedule appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Full-page ad package
  • All networking events and activities


  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-schedule appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Half-page ad package
  • All networking events and activities

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

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

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2021 Exhibitors

  • Aspen Chamber Resort Association
  • Boise Centre
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Casino del Sol
  • Chumash Casino
  • Discover Coronado
  • Discover Flagstaff
  • Discover Walnut Creek
  • Gila River Resort
  • Go Heber Valley
  • Greater Ontario CVB
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
  • Hotel Corque
  • Hyatts of Denver
  • Imprint Group
  • International Gifting Company
  • Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Long Beach CVB
  • M Resort Spa Casino
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Monarch Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk
  • Presidential
  • Reno Sparks CVA
  • Resorts World Las Vegas
  • San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
  • Sheraton Denver Downtown
  • South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
  • Tempe Tourism
  • The Broadmoor
  • Tourism Santa Fe
  • Travel Juneau
  • Visit Aurora
  • Visit Cheyenne
  • Visit Colorado Springs
  • Visit Denver
  • Visit Estes Park
  • Visit Newport Beach
  • Visit Park City
  • Visit Santa Barbara

Sheraton Denver Downtown
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202

Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

Suppliers: Please click here to make your hotel reservations.

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.


"This was the best Destination West yet. The planners were qualified and most came to do business."

- Kathy Reak, Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

"Destination West provided a great networking and learning experience for experienced meeting planners and suppliers! We experienced new hotels and the quality of the events and venues were excellent!"

- Douglas Lennig, Conference Direct

"It was a great show overall; had quality time planners and also good to connect with other suppliers."

- Sophia Chan, Visit Denver



Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman

Manager of Buyer Development

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

James Antaky

Business Development Director

[email protected]


Sharon Freeark

Business Development Director

[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Beth Dean

Show Director

[email protected]