Solid Connections Forged During Destination Texas

The Northstar Meetings Group event welcomed more than 60 planners and suppliers to Fort Worth's Kimpton Harper Hotel.

Fort Worth Herd of Longhorn cattle
The Fort Worth Herd of Longhorn cattle paraded past the Destination Texas attendees. Photo Credit: Robert Wilson of RC Photographic Productions

Northstar Meetings Group's Destination Texas event brought together more than 60 meeting planners and suppliers for three days of networking and learning at the Kimpton Harper Hotel in Fort Worth. Held Dec. 5-7, the meeting featured sessions on travel wellness and 2023 meeting trends, as well as one-on-one hosted-buyer appointments, and a special evening at the city's famed Stockyards, complete with the Longhorn Cattle Drive that takes place daily down the district's main street.

The event's first education session addressed the personal side of working in the travel business, as wellness and travel expert John Ayo's presentation, "From Travel Hell to Travel Well," offered wise advice for staying healthy on the road and combating jet lag (such as staying awake until 9 p.m. each night in your new destination; drinking lots of water before, during and after your flight; and getting outside to allow the sun to reset your body clock).

On day three, a Q&A with futurist Scott Steinberg tackled trends he's seeing in events for 2023. He advised making sessions shorter and more interactive to keep attendees' attention sharp, and allowing organizations to pack more content into the meeting. Steinberg noted, however, that the organizations that are hiring him now are actually asking him to speak longer and longer, heading back to the status quo of 2019.

Northstar's generous sponsors helped make the event a success. Along with the Kimpton Harper Hotel, those partners were Visit Fort Worth, Stova (formerly MeetingPlay + Aventri + Eventcore), PC/Nametag, Kalahari Hotels & Resorts and Visit the Woodlands.

The following photographs, by Robert Wilson of RC Photographic Productions, capture some highlights from the event. 

Please take a look at the full roster of Northstar's 2023 events to register your interest as a hosted buyer or supplier in the new year.

Day One

Holiday decorations greeted the group during the opening reception at the Kimpton Harper Hotel's Refinery 714.

New friendships were created right away during the opening reception.

Day Two

Travel expert John Ayo had solid advice for staying well while on the road.

Representatives from around Texas, such as Fredericksburg, shared what makes their destinations great during the first day of appointments.

Just around the corner from the Kimpton, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse welcomed the group for lunch.

Participants enjoyed cocktails and a timeout at Second Rodeo Brewing before heading to Provender Hall for dinner.

Day Three

Futurist Scott Steinberg chatted with NMG's managing editor, Sarah Braley, about current trends for meetings agendas.

A second round of hosted-buyer appointments kept the event's focus on the business of placing meetings.

During the farewell lunch, participants had one last chance to raise a glass to Texas.