Destination West in Arizona

The premier hosted-buyer event for Arizona and Western U.S. suppliers to connect with meeting professionals sourcing programs in these regions.

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

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Destination West in Arizona — 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 Arizona and the Western states. 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.

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Connect with premier suppliers from around the world during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.

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

David Kliman

David Kliman

President, The Kliman Group

David Kliman is president of The Kliman Group, specializing in customer advisory board facilitation and consulting services for hospitality and travel industry organizations. Formerly international chair of Meeting Professionals International and on the White House Board of Travel and Tourism, he currently  serves on MPI's Foundation Board of Trustees. These roles, plus his work as cofounder of the Events Industry Council's APEX Covid Recovery Task Force and the new Event Leaders Exchange, keep him front and center with the trends and changes that are rocking this industry.

Tammy Barlette

Tammy Barlette

Founder, Athena's Voice

Tammy Barlette is a mindset and performance expert who specializes in the art of perseverance. A retired Lieutenant Colonel and fighter pilot who has faced many challenges herself, she takes lessons learned from the high-performance cockpit and relates them to the challenges of life, and shares powerful, heartfelt stories of strength and grit.

Tuesday, November 1

3:00pm 6:00pm
3:00pm 6:00pm
Site Inspection (planners only)
6:30pm 8:30pm
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Casino Del Sol Resort

Wednesday, November 2

7:30am 8:00am

Sponsored by Visit Flagstaff

8:00am – 9:00am
Education: Challenges and Solutions for Meeting Professionals Today

Presented by David Kliman

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No business sector was more impacted by the pandemic and subsequent global lockdowns than meetings and events. Industry leader David Kliman is center stage working on recovery, reinvention and renewal, both personally and professionally.

In this interactive session, Kliman will share his insights on handling issues involved in contracting, negotiating and more, and will welcome questions from the audience.

Kliman will discuss topics such as:

  • The huge shift in availability for meetings
  • The quick turn to a serious sellers' market
  • Significant, beyond-inflation pricing
  • The doubling of costs for such line items as airfare, production and A/V
  • The disappearance of "normal" attrition terms and concessions
9:15am – 11:00am
One-on-One Appointments
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Sponsored by JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
2:30pm – 3:30pm
One-on-One Appointments
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Free Time
5:00pm – 8:30pm
Dinner Reception at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Sponsored by Visit Tucson

Thursday, November 3

7:30am – 8:00am

Sponsored by Visit Concord

8:00am – 9:00am
Education: A Mission-Focused Mindset: How to Avoid Bailing Out When Circumstances Get Tough

Presented by Tammy Barlette

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A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and fighter pilot, Tammy Barlette brings her hard-won courage in the air to the workplace, bringing a message of perseverance in the face of social challenges at the office. Overcoming challenges as one of few women (often the only), Tammy earned her place among the "bros" of the fighter pilot world. Although her achievements speak for themselves, the road to success was not an easy one. A mission-focused mindset requires hard work and laser focus, all while battling the ever present enemy of self-doubt.
Her presentations help participants learn:

  • How to approach life’s challenges with a tenacious mindset
  • How to stop pulling the ejection handle on your dreams and goals
  • How to create an environment that fosters social courage
  • How to find the strength to speak up against systemic bias
  • How to shift your focus away from challenging circumstances and see the big picture, despite the obstacles and trials you may face
9:15am – 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:15pm – 1:45pm
Farewell Lunch
Departures to airport or to PostFAM

Sponsored by Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa

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Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with suppliers from across the Western U.S.
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speaker
  • Networking opportunities with other elite buyers and suppliers

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

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Showcase your destination, CVB, DMC, hotel, resort, venue or related service or activity for successful meetings and incentive programs. Meet with elite planners and buyers who are currently sourcing national suppliers for their upcoming meetings for 2022 and beyond

Supplier registration includes 1:1 pre-scheduled appointments, all event networking activities and education.
Please contact your business development director or James Antaky for pricing and sponsorship opportunities. 

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2022 Exhibitors

  • American Airlines
  • Casino Del Sol Resort
  • Destination El Paso
  • Discover Flagstaff
  • Essential Body Wear
  • Experience Scottsdale
  • Gila Resort
  • Glacier Country Tourism
  • Go Heber Valley
  • Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock
  • JW Marriott Star Pass Resort & Spa
  • Las Cruces CVB
  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Long Beach Conventions & Visitors Bureau
  • Los Angeles Tourism Board
  • Modern Millenial Event Design + Production
  • Paragon Speakers Agency
  • PC Nametag
  • Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
  • Stay Pleasant Hill
  • Talking Stick Resort and Casino
  • Tempe Tourism
  • The Wort Hotel
  • Travel Costa Mesa
  • Visit Chandler
  • Visit Concord
  • Visit Glendale
  • Visit Mesa
  • Visit Oxnard
  • Visit Park City
  • Visit Phoenix
  • Visit Tucson
  • Visit Walnut Creek
  • Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
  • Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

Casino Del Sol
5655 W Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ 85757

Suppliers: You will receive information as the event approaches to book your accommodations

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

Event Logistics Contact:

Andrea Hennings

Event Director - Consultant

Suppliers Contact:

James Antaky

Business Development Director


Amanda Blanar Kelly

Sales & Client Services Manager