Destination Southeast

The leading hosted-buyer event for top-level, pre-qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in the Southeast. All planners are invited to register for an all-new Event Design Lab, a hands-on learning experience developed in partnership with the Event Leadership Institute.

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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. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands-Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.

Non-hosted buyers will take advantage of a focused workshop and education program -- in addition to mentored networking -- for a minimal registration fee.

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



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 the Southeast U.S. during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments.



All qualified buyers will be hosted by Northstar Meetings Group.

The Shores Hotel
2637 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach Shores, Florida 32118

Buyers: We will make your reservations for you

Suppliers: Exhibitors will be sent a housing link via email approximately 2 months prior to the event.

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.




Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with key suppliers from the Southeastern U.S.
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Networking opportunities with other elite buyers and suppliers
  • Event Design Lab at a reduced rate of $95 (optional)

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 Dana Kallman at [email protected].

Howard Givner

Howard Givner

Founder and CEO of the Event Leadership Institute

Howard Givner is the founder and CEO of the Event Leadership Institute, the leading provider of certification courses, curated summits, thought leadership content, video classes, and other professional development resources for the meetings and events industry.  Previously he was the founder of an award-winning event agency, and CEO of North America for two other global agencies. He provides consulting services for corporate event teams, event agencies and other businesses on growth, innovation, ROI, strategy and branding. Howard is a frequent industry speaker, writer and educator on a broad range of topics. He is an avid hiker, crossword solver, podcast junkie, fiction writer and cancer survivor.



Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

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

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

Shalise DeMott
(AR, AL, FL, GA, LA, MS) 


2021 Exhibitors

  • Atlanta Airport District
  • Awesome Alpharetta
  • Birmingham
  • BMW Performance Center
  • Boundless Networks
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Chattanooga Tourism Co.
  • City of Myrtle Beach Convention Center
  • City of Rock Hill, SC
  • Cobb County
  • Daytona CVB
  • Delta
  • Destin - Fort Walton Beach
  • Discover Puerto Rico
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort
  • Experience Columbia SC
  • Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Explore Charleston
  • Explore Gwinnett CVB / Infinite Energy Center
  • Fairfax County CVB
  • Florida Keys and Key West
  • Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Goodman Speakers
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale
  • Guy Harvey Resort
  • Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
  • Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
  • Huntsville Madison CVB
  • JW Marriott Marco Island
  • Maui Jim
  • Memphis Tourism
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Naples CVB
  • Ocean Properties Hotels & Resorts
  • OneSpartanburg
  • Peabody Memphis
  • Seagate Hotel
  • Seiko
  • St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB
  • St. Pete, Clearwater
  • Sunstream Hotels
  • The Beaches of Fort Myers/Sanibel
  • The Shores- Sharing with Daytona
  • The Vinoy
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Virignia Beach CVB
  • Visit Central Florida
  • Visit Charlotte
  • Visit Dunwoody
  • Visit Greensboro NC
  • Visit Greenville SC
  • Visit Orlando
  • Visit Raleigh
  • Visit Sarasota
  • Visit South Walton
  • Visit Tampa Bay
  • WEC Ocala
  • Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa



Education produced in partnership with
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Sunday, September 11, 2022

All Day
11:00am 5:30pm
Registration & Gifting Lounge
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Event Design Lab presented by Howard Givner

Event Design Lab is an optional education program being offered to all planners and suppliers at a nominal cost. Click here for more information.

1. Incorporating Outcomes-Based Design Principles

2. Innovating Content Delivery Models

3. Elevating Speakers and Presentations

4. Facilitating Impactful Connections

5. Proving the Value of Your Event

2:00pm 5:30pm
Supplier tabletop set-up (Optional)
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Planners: Property Tour of The Shores Resort & Spa
6:30pm 8:30pm
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa

Monday, September 12, 2022

7:30am 8:30am

Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa

8:30am – 9:30am
9:45am 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:00pm – 1:00pm
1:15pm 3:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Free Time & Optional Activities
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

7:30am 8:30am
Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa
8:30am – 9:30am
9:45am 12:30pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Closing Lunch
Activities or Optional Departures

Presented in partnership with 
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The Event Design Lab is a hands-on learning experience open to all planners, regardless of their hosted buyer qualification. Supplier participation is also welcomed for an additional, nominal fee. Register here.

Sunday September 11, 2022

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Event Design Lab presented by Howard Givner

1. Incorporating Outcomes-Based Design Principles

  • Examine the various reasons people go to events (attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, etc.)
  • Differentiate which event elements are better delivered in person vs. virtual
  • Design in-person events to leverage the strengths of being face-to-face
  • Promote event outcomes vs. event features

2. Innovating Content Delivery Models 

  • Explore different methods of delivering sessions
  • Identify which session formats are best, based on the content, audience and goals
  • Design room layouts that facilitate learning and networking

3. Elevating Speakers and Presentations 

  • Identify key adult-learning principles 
  • Explore best practices for slide and presentation design
  • Provide a storytelling framework for speakers to convey their message

4. Facilitating Impactful Connections 

  • Create a culture of fostering connections
  • Craft attendee personas and curate opportunities for bringing them together
  • Incorporate best practices for curated matchmaking

5. Proving the Value of Your Event 

  • Allow time and methods for participants to reflect on key takeaways
  • Help attendees develop actionable plans to implement learning
  • Design post-event communications to demonstrate the impact on attendees’ jobs and businesses

5:30 6:00pm
Planners Property Tour of The Shores Resort
6:30 – 8:30
Welcome Reception

Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa

Monday September 12, 2022

7:30am 8:00am

Sponsored by The Shores Resort & Spa

8:30 9:30am

Event Design Lab registrants will be eligible to participate in the program and all activities noted above, at the following rates:

  • Planners qualified as hosted for Destination Southeast: $95
  • Planners not qualified as hosted for Destination Southeast: $195
  • Suppliers participating in Destination Southeast: $95

    Register here.


Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman

Manager of Buyer Development

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

Alison Best

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

[email protected]


Shalise Demott

(AL, AR, FL, LA, MS)

[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Tammy Wightman

[email protected]