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SMU International

Connect with the top international hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, two-night stay at the Marriott Marquis New York City in New York City, from February 27-29, 2020.


Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences - all while experiencing the iconic landmarks and sophisticated culture of New York City. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands - Successful Meetings, Meetings & 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.



Connect with premier international suppliers during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.



All qualified buyers will be fully hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, including airfare and planned activities.


Dr. Vikram Mansharamani

Dr. Vikram Mansharamani

Dr. Vikram Mansharamani is a global trend-watcher who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk and spot opportunities. He first gained widespread attention with the release of his first book, Boombustology, which provided a framework for spotting bubbles before they burst. He is a frequent commentator, writer and adviser on issues driving disruption in the global business environment. Vikram is currently a lecturer at Harvard University, where he teaches students to use multiple perspectives in making tough decisions. He has also taught classes at Yale University on business ethics and governance, financial bubbles and economic inequality. In addition to teaching, he advises several Fortune 500 CEOs to help them navigate the radical uncertainty in today’s global business and regulatory environment. He has a PhD and two Masters degrees from MIT and a Bachelors degree from Yale University.

Christopher Grace

Christopher Grace

Christopher Grace is a globally acclaimed corporate mentalist and magician. His mastery of interpersonal psychology combined with his skills as a professional mind reader are used demonstrate the power of the human mind. Christopher started his own entertainment company at age 16 and has had the opportunity to speak and entertain at events in more than 18 countries and every state in the U.S. over the past 20 years. He is a go-to source of incredible live corporate entertainment, from the largest of corporate banquets to the smallest company parties. As a mentalist, he has been featured on national television including Penn & Teller’s hit show “Fool Us!”, and has appeared on MTV, NBC and ABC. Christopher Grace’s message promises to be a unique and amazing evening. 

Dan Berger

Dan Berger

Dan Berger, American-Israeli entrepreneur and investor, is the founder and former CEO of Social Tables, which was acquired in October 2018 by Cvent for a reported $100 million. Prior to Social Tables, Dan worked in management consulting (Booz Allen), ran a large N.Y.-based association, worked for a senior member of Congress, and ran a boutique web design agency. He is currently writing a business memoir that will be out in mid-2020.

Thursday, February 27

All Day
3:00pm 6:00pm

Sponsored by NYC&Co

Marriott – 5th Floor
Transportation to Welcome Reception
Marriott – 45th St. Entrance
6:30pm 8:30pm
Welcome Reception

Featuring “Mental Magic” by Christopher Grace, provided by Rave Speakers
Sponsored by: VisitBritain

Friday, February 28

7:30am 8:15am

Sponsored by: Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong

Marriott – 5th Floor
8:15am 9:30am
Opening Remarks & Educational Session

"Navigating Uncertainty: A Scenario-Based Approach"
Speaker: Vikram Mansharamani, provided by Goodman Speakers

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In this stimulating and entertaining talk, Dr. Mansharamani will shed light on the underlying drivers of populism and rising
protectionism today, and what these forces portend for the future. Dr. Mansharamani is a global trend‐watcher who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk and spot opportunities. This session will address:
• What is going on with the U.S. and China
• Are we having a recession…when, where and how?
• Inflation and deflation, and what they to your financial security

Marriott – 5th Floor
9:45am 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments

One-on-One Appointments (8 with break at 10:45am)

12:00pm 1:15pm

Sponsored by Dominican Republic Tourism Board

1:30pm 4:30pm
One-on-One Appointments (11 with break at 3pm)
Transportation to Evening Event
6:30pm 8:30pm

Sponsored by etc.venues

Saturday, February 29

7:30am 8:30am

Sponsored by Latin Plus

Marriott – 5th Floor
8:30am 9:45am
Educational Session

Predictions for the Next Decade in Events, Hospitality and Your Career
Speaker: Dan Berger, founder of Social Tables


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What will transpire in our industry and its adjacent markets over the new decade and beyond? How will those developments influence your events, your business and your life in general? Disruption is certain, but it doesn’t need to take us completely by surprise. This session will anticipate future trends and help you prepare for them.
Learning objectives:

• Identify current trends in the events, meetings, travel and hospitality industry
• Use these predictions to anticipate industry developments for the next decade
• Develop strategies to prepare you for changes in your professional life

10:00am 12:15pm
One-on-One Appointments (8 with break at 11am)
12:15pm 1:30pm
Closing Lunch

Sponsored by ProColombia




Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled meetings with key international suppliers
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers

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To learn more, please contact Cindy Binder at [email protected]


Enterprise Package


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


Individual Package


  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Pre and post web/email marketing/lead gen
  • Full-page print ad


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  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Pre and post web/email marketing/lead gen
  • Half-page print ad


Premium Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available.

For premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Angie Kimmel at [email protected].

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2020 Exhibitors

  • Alcron Hotel Prague
  • Alpine Malta
  • Altis Hotels
  • AM Resorts
  • ANVIDEAS by SeeItalia & Contact
  • Aruba
  • Atlantis Bahamas
  • Atout France - France Tourism Development Agency
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
  • Barbican
  • Barcelona Convention Bureau
  • BC Hospitality
  • Blue 360
  • British Virgin Islands Tourist Board
  • Budapest Marriott
  • CCIB - Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona
  • Cannes Convention Bureau
  • Cartagena CVB
  • Carton House
  • Casa de Campo
  • Cashel Travel
  • Cayman Islands
  • Club Med
  • Convention Malta
  • Cornerstone Meetings
  • Costa Rica Tourism Board
  • Croatia Convention Bureau
  • Curacao Tourism Office
  • Curacao Marriott
  • Delta Airlines
  • Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
  • Destination Davos Klosters
  • Dominican Republic
  • Doyle Collection
  • Event Lobby
  • Dubai Business Events
  • ECO Destination Management Services of Aruba & Curacao
  • Edwardian Hotels London
  • etc venues
  • Frankfurt Convention Bureau
  • German Convention Bureau
  • GL Events
  • GL Events Paris
  • glh Hotels
  • Goodman Speakers
  • Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
  • Grand Hotel Stockholm
  • Grand Hyatt Berlin
  • Great Hotels of the World
  • Greater Medellin CVB
  • Hard Rock AIC
  • Haven Resorts
  • Hilton Amsterdam
  • Hilton Athens
  • Hilton Eastern Europe: Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest
  • Hilton London Bankside
  • Hilton London Complex
  • Hilton Malta
  • Hilton Sorrento Palace
  • Hotel Alfonso XIII
  • Hotel Arts Barcelona
  • Hotel Barcelona Princess
  • Hotel Emperador
  • Hotel Marquis Reforma
  • Hotel Melia Sevilla
  • Hotel Melia Sitges
  • Hotel Penha Longa
  • Hyatt Barcelona
  • IET London: Savoy Place
  • Infinity Hotels Munich
  • InterContinental Athens
  • InterContinental Budapest
  • InterContinental Hotel Berlin
  • Intercontinental Presidente
  • Israel Ministry of Tourism
  • Italian Government Tourist Office
  • Japan National Tourism Organization
  • JW Marriott Cannes
  • Killarney Hotels
  • Kongresshaus Zurich
  • Korea Tourism Organization
  • Kuoni
  • Latin Plus
  • Lausanne Tourism
  • Le Meridien Nice / Le Meridien Beach Plaza Monaco
  • London Convention Bureau
  • Los Cabos Tourism Board
  • Lufthansa
  • Luxury Hotel International of Spain
  • Maritim Hotels
  • Marriott Hotel Park Lane
  • Marriott Malta
  • Marriott Marquis NY
  • MCI Benelux
  • MC&A (a DMC)
  • Meet In Ireland
  • Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong
  • Melia
  • Melia Sitges
  • Minor Hotels
  • Movich Hotels
  • Munich Convention Bureau
  • Munich Hotel Partners
  • Myriad by Sana Hotels Portugal
  • NAU Hotels & Resorts
  • NH Hotels
  • Nice Convention Bureau
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Novotel London West
  • Nuernberg Convention
  • NYC & CO
  • Peru
  • Provence Cote d'Azur Events
  • Punta Cana Resort and Spa
  • QEII Centre
  • Radisson Blu Andermatt
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin
  • Radisson Blu Zurich
  • RIU Panama
  • RIU Plaza de España
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Sands Hotels & Resorts
  • Savoy Hotel
  • Selenta Group
  • Senator Meetings & Incentives
  • Shangri-La Hotel London
  • Singapore Tourism Board
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Special Effects Ltd
  • St. Ermin's Hotel, Westminster
  • St Martin Tourism Board
  • Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau
  • The Islands of the Bahamas
  • The Sol Group
  • Time Change
  • Tourism Australia
  • Tourism New Zealand
  • Tourism Northern Ireland
  • Tourist Office of Spain
  • Travel Insured International
  • Trump Hotels
  • Vienna Convention Bureau
  • Vienna House Andel's Berlin
  • Vila Galé Rio de Janeiro
  • Visit Belfast
  • Visit Britain
  • Visit Brussels
  • VisitBerlin
  • Voquin
  • VP Hotels
  • Westbury Hotel Dublin
  • Westin Palace Madrid
  • Wheeler Hospitality Collection
  • Zagreb Tourist Board

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Explore The City That Never Sleeps

There is no city quite like New York City, and no hotel quite like New York Marriott Marquis. Set in the heart of Times Square on West 46th Street and Broadway, the iconic Manhattan hotel lets you experience all the magic of NYC from the moment you arrive. Feel the energy all around you, both within the hotel and as soon as you step outside. Inside the towering hotel, you'll find some of New York City's largest hotel rooms and suites and multiple restaurants, including the only revolving restaurant in the city and a popular outdoor lounge. Event planners have more than 120,000 square feet of versatile meeting and event space to work with and an expert staff ready to help you design an anything-but-ordinary event. And the knowledgeable staff is always ready to help hotel guests navigate this expansive and ever-changing city.

Marriott Marquis New York City
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Hotel Website


Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

Suppliers: You will receive information as the event approaches to book your accommodations.


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.




"Just a quick note to thank and congratulate you and the entire team on a fabulous program in NYC a few weeks ago. Your events are by far the best opportunities to connect with quality destination and vendor representatives in the industry. I’m grateful for the invitation to participate and represent our agency! Please pass along my sincere thanks to your staff, and I’ll look forward to the next program!"

- Meeting Planner

“The events have been well organized, great structure, on time and the right suppliers attend.”

- Independent Meeting Planner

“You do a great job with one on one conversations with the suppliers. Sparks interest in destinations that I would have not previously considered prior to the event. I have limited time, so I am selective as to what shows I can attend. Your conferences are a good use of my time, as they are extremely well organized, productive, and well managed.”

- Corporate Planner

“I really got a lot out of this program and its format. I learned so much from the two speakers and was able to meet with many ‘new’ contacts (for me). I hope to join you on more of these programs!”

- Incentive Planner




Buyers Contact:

Cindy Binder

Director of Buyer Development

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

Angie Kimmel

Senior Director of Global Event Sales,636-273-5816

[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Angela Cox

Senior Director, Meetings & Events

[email protected]