The Beginning of the Festivities!
The fun kicked off on Sunday, March 24, in NYC. Prior to the official SMU Welcome Reception, @VisitMonaco hosted a pre-function, complete with the cutest cacti macaroons.
The United Kingdom joined in on the fun.
And Switzerland had a number of representatives smiling and getting in on the SMU action.
Our friends from Berlin were met with a warm welcome despite the slight chill lingering in the New York City air.
Northern Ireland enjoyed the international opening ceremony fare of fish and chips, sausage mash and cottage pie.
Highlights and Opportunities Shared During
Meaningful Education and Panel Discussion
Fun, of course, was a big part of this year's SMU International, but some of the most important and pertinent takeaways were created throughout our education and discussion sessions.
Closings Sights and Thoughts from our Host Destination, NYC
On behalf of the team at Northstar Meetings Group, thank you to all of our partners, suppliers, buyers and participants for another wonderful SMU International. And a special thank you to our sponsors and partners who contributed so much to our shared experience:
- Aventri, our registration and app provider
- Costa Rica Tourism Board, our Tuesday morning breakfast sponsor
- Delta Air Lines, our air transportation sponsor
- The Dominican Republic Tourism Board, our Sunday room drop sponsor
- Dubai Business Events, our Monday lunch sponsor
- Italian National Tourist Board, for our coffee breaks
- JW Marriott Essex House, for our Sunday night event
- NYC & Co., our registration sponsor
- Marketing Challenges International, our SMU industry partner
- Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong, our Monday breakfast sponsor
- PC/Nametag, our badge provider
- PHD Dream Downtown, for our Monday night event
- PRA New York, our DMC and transportation provider
- ProColombia, our Tuesday lunch sponsor
- Singapore Tourism Board, our “Their Passion Made Your Event Possible” sponsor
- The New York Hilton Midtown, our host hotel
- VisitBritain, our opening reception sponsor
- Ziegfeld Ballroom, our education and meetings venue
Our gratitude also goes out to all the speakers, experts, and industry influencers who contributed so meaningfully to our education program.