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Destination West in Arizona

The leading hosted-buyer event for qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to do business in Arizona and the West, will meet with Arizona and the West's top hotels, CVBs, DMCs and venues for two highly productive days at the The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Arizona, from October 28-30, 2020.


Destination West in Arizona—Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event—brings together the most highly-qualified meeting and incentive buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, DMCs, DMOs and tourism offices from Arizona and the West. 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 Arizona's "Valley of the Sun." This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful MeetingsMeetings & 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.

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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, accommodation, meals and planned activities.

Wednesday, October 28

3:00pm 6:00pm
3:00pm 6:00pm
Suppliers: Set-up (optional)
6:30pm 8:30pm
Welcome Reception

Sponsored by The Wigwam

Thursday, October 29

8:00am 9:30am
Breakfast & Education

Sponsored by Discover Flagstaff

Helping Humans Be Heroes in an Automated World
Presented by Christopher Hodges, Director of Potential Project

The world in general — and the travel industry in particular — are facing enormous pressure from Covid -19, the economy and the rise of automation. Doomsayers make a living from telling us how bad this is, but the truth is more nuanced. The silver lining is that automation frees up we humans to skip the grunt work and handle more important tasks, like relationship building. Global consultant Chris Hodges shares how we can work in harmony with automation to grow our skills and improve our organizations.

Participants will learn:

  • How Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence are now being use
  • An overview of some technologies that directly affect the travel and meetings industr
  • Specific strategies to harmoniously draw out the most from people and technolog
  • Work and career suggestions for those who want to thrive and grow
10:00am 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:30 1:30pm

Sponsored by Sedona Chamber of Commerce

2:00pm – 3:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
Free Time
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Sponsored by Experience Scottsdale & Visit Phoenix

Friday, October 30

8:00am 9:30am
Breakfast & Education

Sponsored by Visit Oakland

How the Meetings Industry Is Coping With Covid-19
Moderator: Loren G. Edelstein, Northstar Meetings Group
Presenters: David Blansfield, Northstar Meetings Group; David Kliman, The Kliman Group

In this interview-style discussion, Loren Edelstein will talk with two industry leaders — David Blansfield and David Kliman — who are closely involved in developing best practices and resources for safely holding in-person meetings and events. The audience will steer the conversation by asking questions and adding their own insights during this moderated group conversation. 

Participants will learn:

  • How industry organizations have collaborated to develop and share solutions
  • The outlook for meetings and events, as revealed in Northstar’s latest Pulse Survey
  • How planners and suppliers are embracing hybrid and omnichannel meetings
  • How to position your business for a strong recovery
10:00am 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Closing Lunch

Sponsored by Visit Tucson



David Blansfield

David Blansfield

Executive Vice President & Group Publisher, Northstar Meetings Group

Chris Hodges

Chris Hodges

Consultant and Speaker

Christopher Hodges is a consultant and speaker who has worked across industries as a global partner for Deloitte and Accenture. His work has involved designing and implementing people, process and technology improvements for companies large and small, with a special focus on automation and robotics. As a presenter, Chris shares a long list of inspirational successes — and several instructional, epic failures — to help others succeed in the exciting world of automation.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis with a degree in computer sciences, and holds a master’s degree in business from London Business School, U.K. Chris is the author of Placing Stones: Doing and Having What Matters Most. He has lived and worked in the U.S., Canada, Japan, England and Denmark, and now lives in Denver. 

David Kliman

David Kliman

President, The Kliman Group

David Kliman is founder and president of The Kliman Group, established in 2002, which specializes in creating and facilitating think tanks and performing in-depth research for DMO, conventions centers, hotels and other tourism organizations. The consultancy helps clients maximize profitability and market leadership through a strategic understanding of key stakeholder trends and best practices. 

David began his career at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, and went on to lead meeting and travel operations for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Among many industry accolades, he was named among the Top 25 Inflencers of the Meetings Industry for his active role in developing solutions to the challenges of 2020. 



Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with suppliers from Arizona and the West
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Great meals, receptions, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Scottsdale as a premier meetings and incentive destination

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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"I give the event a 10+. It was the right mixture of 1:1's, networking and education. I really enjoyed all the people I met, as well."

- Corporate Meeting Planner

"The Destination Arizona event was extremely well organized. It was a pleasure to attend!"

- Corporate Meeting Planner

"The event was well organized and the outings showcased the properties well. I appreciated the addition of an educational session at this event - I consider it an added bonus to the great networking that took place!"

- Independent Meeting Planner



Enterprise Package


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  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • All networking events and activities


Individual Package


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  • All networking events and activities


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  • 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 or Sharon Freeark at [email protected]


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2020 Exhibitors

  • Boise Centre
  • Casino Del Sol Resort
  • Discover Flagstaff
  • Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas
  • Eurofins
  • Experience Scottsdale
  • Glendale Renaissance Phoenix Hotel & Spa
  • High Country Conference Center
  • Maui Jim Sunglasses
  • Monarch Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk
  • Resorts World Las Vegas
  • Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
  • Talking Stick Resort
  • Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
  • The Wigwam
  • Visit Glendale
  • Visit Oakland
  • Visit Park City
  • Visit Phoenix
  • Visit Tucson
  • Visit Vail Valley
  • Visit Yuma

Click below to see the 2019 list


At A Glance

Deeply entwined with Arizona history since 1929, The Wigwam welcomes you to come make a little history of your own. Stretching over 440 lushly landscaped acres, our elegantly crafted adobe-and-timber luxury resort provides a rich palette of experiences to suit your every occasion-whether business, romance, relaxation or rollicking family fun. From dawn’s first blush to the tangerine streaks of our Sonoran Desert sunsets, each day at The Wigwam is awash in endless possibilities here in Litchfield Park, Arizona. 

The Wigwam
300 East Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

Suppliers: to book your room at The Wigwam, please use this link: Destination West in Arizona


The highest standards of safety and hygiene will be applied to Northstar Meetings Group events, both in the planning of the event, and its production and management onsite.

Northstar Meetings Group’s ESP 2020 (Enhanced Safety Protocols for Live Events) establish basic principles and practices that will help mitigate risk and protect event participants, as well as all counterparties they engage with, both during their onsite experience, and afterwards.

Please read our full policy on our safety protocols.

Head here to read the Wigwam Cares Wellness policy. Additionally, you can click here to view more about what The Wigwam is doing to increase the safety for all of its guests.

For all of us to stay safe, all of us must adhere to consistent protocols. Click here to read the meetings industry code of conduct, which applies to attendees of Destination West and all Northstar live events.


Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman

Director of Buyer Development

[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Christy Froehlich

Event Director

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

James Antaky

Business Development Director

[email protected]


Sharon Freeark

Business Development Director

[email protected]


Amanda Blanar Kelly

Sales & Client Services Manager

[email protected]

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