. IPEC | Northstar Meetings Group


The exclusive hosted-buyer educational conference for the highly sought audience of leading independent planners. 
Meet with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the country three highly educational and productive days at the Omni Louisville, Kentucky, from April 21-23, 2021.


Hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, IPEC (Independent Planner Education Conference) is the exclusive event – the first and the best! – tailored to the unique needs of independent planners that are not associated with any 3rd party organizations. At IPEC the leading independent planners will meet face-to-face with top destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, DMCs, DMOs and tourism offices from the U.S. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers and network with this exclusive group—at the Omni Louisville in Kentucky. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands —Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive Magazine—in partnership with the Louisville CVB.          

Check out photos from IPEC 2020:

IPEC 2020
IPEC 2020
IPEC 2020
IPEC 2020


Follow along on Instagram: #IPEC

Follow along on LinkedIn: #IPEC



Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers who will provide targeted education specific to independent planners.



Connect during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.



Network during the exclusive activities showcasing Louisville.

Coming soon

Wednesday, April 21

3:00pm 5:30pm

3:00pm 5:30pm
Supplier Tabletop Set-up (optional)
Planners: Property Tour
6:15pm 8:15pm
Welcome Reception

Hosted by Omni Louisville

Thursday, April 22

8:00am 9:45am
Breakfast & Education

10:00am 1:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
1:00pm 3:00pm
Lunch & Education
3:00pm 5:30pm
Free Time or Activity
Off-site Dinner

Friday, April 23

8:00am 9:45am
Breakfast & Education

10:00am 1:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
1:00pm 3:00pm
Lunch & Education
3:00pm 5:30pm
Free Time or Activity
Closing Happy Hour / Dinner

Saturday, April 24

Breakfast on own / at leisure
Departures throughout day




Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled meetings with key suppliers from across the United States
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing St. Pete Beach as a premier meetings and incentive destination  

Follow along on Instagram: #IPEC

Follow along on LinkedIn: #IPEC

To learn more, please contact Dana Kallman [email protected].


Individual Package

Event Only Package

  • Display table & appointments
  • All event activities
  • Buyer profiles via event app
Individual Package

Gold Package

  • Half-page ad
  • Display table & appointments
  • All event activities
  • Buyer profiles via event app
Platinum Package

Platinum Package

  • Full-page ad
  • Display table & appointments
  • All event activities
  • Buyer profiles via event app

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Shalise DeMott at 561-251-9846 or [email protected].

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2020 Exhibitors

  • Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Atlantic City - Meet AC
  • Atlantis Paradise Island
  • Aspen CVB
  • Baker's Cay Resort
  • Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
  • Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
  • Boise Centre
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
  • Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Christie's Photographic Solutions
  • Club Med
  • Daytona Beach Area CVB
  • Destination Concepts, Inc.
  • Destination Madison Wisconsin
  • Destination Missoula
  • Discover Dunwoody
  • Discover Newport, Rhode Island
  • Discover the Palm Beaches
  • Disney Meetings & Events
  • Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort
  • eventpower
  • Experience Kissimmee
  • Explore Branson
  • Explore Charleston
  • Fort Smith Arkansas CVB
  • Florida Keys & Key West
  • Fredericksburg CVB
  • Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
  • Guy Harvey Resort - St. Augustine
  • Hershey Resorts
  • Hungarian Tourism Agency
  • Jekyll Island Club Resort
  • Kalahari Resorts
  • Lincoln Nebraska CVB
  • Long Beach Area CVB
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • M Resort Spa & Casino
  • Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Meet in Walnut Creek
  • Marriott Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort & Spa / Noni Beach, an Autograph Collection by Marriott / U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
  • Memphis Tourism
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Myrtle Beach Convention Center
  • Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades CVB
  • Ocean Center at Daytona Beach
  • Ocean Properties
  • PSAV
  • Resorts Casino Hotel
  • Resorts World Casino NYC + Catskills
  • Sahara Las Vegas
  • San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
  • Sheraton Sand Key Resort
  • Sirata Beach Resort
  • Sony Electronics Incentive Gifting
  • South San Francisco Conference Center
  • South Point Hotel Casino & Spa
  • St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB
  • The Brazilian Court
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • The Don CeSar
  • The Row Reno
  • Tropicana Atlantic City
  • Tropicana Las Vegas - A DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Vail Resorts
  • Velas Resorts
  • Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club
  • Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Visit Albuquerque
  • Visit Alexandria
  • Visit Berkeley
  • Visit Britain
  • Visit Carlsbad
  • Visit Charlotte
  • Visit Denver
  • Visit Fairfax
  • Visit Greenville
  • Visit Los Cabos
  • Visit Norfolk
  • Visit Oakland
  • Visit Orlando
  • Visit Oxnard
  • Visit Park City
  • Visit Raleigh
  • Visit Richardson
  • Visit South Walton
  • Visit St. Petersburg / Clearwater
  • Visit Tampa Bay
  • Visit Vail Valley
  • Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge
  • Walnut Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
  • Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
  • Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
  • Yacht StarShip

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Reflecting the past, present and future of our vibrant Kentucky town, Omni Louisville Hotel is the new cornerstone of downtown. Our location allows you to easily make your way to Main Street and indulge in Louisville's bourbon culture at many popular distilleries. Blending our historic surroundings with modern comforts, Omni Louisville Hotel reflects the essence of the city and invites you into an unforgettable stay.

400 S 2nd Street
Louisville, KY 40202

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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 
  • 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.



"In two short days IPEC accomplished two very important goals for me - it provided an intimate forum where I could meet with suppliers I've been interested in meeting; and just as importantly, it enabled me to network and share best practices with respected colleagues who do just what I do all across the country."

- Brett Sterenson, Hotel Lobbyists

"I applaud Northstar for caring enough about Independent Planners that they designed a meeting just for us. We are critical to the industry and have different needs than the other niche Planner demographics."

- Tess Vismale, iSocialExecution, Inc


Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

Shalise DeMott


[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Beth Dean


[email protected]