HSMAI Announces 2009 'Affordable Meetings' Conferences, Dates

The McClean, Va.-based Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has announced the dates for its 2009 Affordable Meetings Conference & Expositions, a series of three regional events for meeting and event planners across the United States that focus on industry education and trade show exhibition.

Affordable Meetings Mid-America will take place April 1-2 in Chicago; Affordable Meetings West, June 10-11 in San Jose, Calif.; and Affordable Meetings National, Sept. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.

"In today's economic climate, planners are seeking affordable options that still offer great value for their meetings," HSMAI CEO Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, said in a statement early this month. "The 2009 series will offer a diverse selection of vendors and a strong educational component to help planners stay in tune with the changes in the industry while meeting their goals and staying within tightened budget guidelines."

Returning in 2009 will be HSMAI's Event Technology Expo (ETE), which debuted this year at the 2008 Affordable Meetings National show. A show within a show that focuses entirely on event industry technology, including products and education, ETE will be co-located again with Affordable Meetings National, but will also sponsor educational sessions for the first time at Affordable Meetings Mid-American and Affordable Meetings West.

For more information about Affordable Meetings or ETE, visit www.affordablemeetings.com.