Sourcing Tip of the Month: April

Sourcing Trend: Top Sourced Cities for Q1 were:

  1. San Diego
  2. Orlando
  3. Chicago
  4. Phoenix / Scottsdale
  5. Dallas

Total RFPs sourced are up 12% from last year’s Q1!

Date flexibility continues to be key. If you can look at a flexible pattern within the week and/or the weeks prior or after, this may help open availability and provide more options. Even if you want to select one set of dates, we suggest allowing for hotels to offer alternate dates, just to see what comes back. This is a huge timesaver on short term leads, which we have seen a big increase this year!

Talk to your HPN Global Associate about this and we will be happy to help guide you!


Courtney Tate:
Senior Sourcing Specialist
ctate@hpnglobal.com


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Desi Whitney Recognized as a 40 Under 40 by Connect

Desi Whitney, senior vice president of sourcing operations and industry relations at HPN Global, was recognized as a member of Connect Corporate magazine’s “40 Under 40.” The honor highlights the top young professionals in the events industry. Connect Corporate is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and planners in the meetings and events industry. 

Peers in the events world nominated Whitney. Nominations were received from across the country, then reviewed and evaluated by the Connect staff based on references, industry involvement and other resources. 

Congrats Desi!

For the full description of Whitney’s accomplishments, click here.

The entire list of recognized honorees and individual profiles can be found here.

ABOUT CONNECT

Connect is a leader in the meetings, events, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines, and destination information which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. Connect, formerly known as Collinson Media & Events, introduced the popular Marketplace format to the meetings industry and now produces national shows for meeting planners in the Corporate, Expo, Sports, Diversity, Association and Faith sectors as well as other state- and region- specific meetings- and hospitality-focused events. More information about the company’s brands and services is available at connectmeetings.com.  

Global Meetings Industry Day GMID19

Join us on GMID 2019 as we celebrate this industry and what it means to HPN Global and our associates. We will be Premiering live a video of our associates sharing what this industry means to them. Thank you to all our industry partners and friends for making this industry so special.

HPN Global Celebrates Multiple Smart Women in Meetings Award Winners

One of the country’s leading full-service meeting planning services announced this week that three associates have received 2019 Smart Women in Meetings Awards. Desi Whitney, Jil Dasher, and Amy Walkowiak are recipients of the reward. These women work in different roles within HPN Global and were winners in the three different categories. This prestigious award platform honors women who are making significant impacts on the meetings industry as well as inspiring female meeting ambassadors worldwide.

The Smart Women in Meetings Awards recognizes the industry’s top female meeting professionals in seven prestigious categories including Hall of Fame, Visionaries, Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Stellar Performers, and Rising Stars. Nominated by their industry peers and colleagues and ranked against hundreds of remarkable, qualified meeting candidates, these award winners have earned top honors for their commitment and significant contributions to the meetings industry.

“As the leader of a Woman Owned business under the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), I am honored to promote such a worthy cause for my fellow women in meetings to celebrate our industry, and support and salute each other’s goals and accomplishments,” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO Marin Bright. “The Smart Women in Meetings Awards are especially close to my heart. I am proud to provide a platform for all the women in our industry who drive change and celebrate our progress together as one united community.”

“We can’t begin to express to how much these awards mean to us. It’s amazing to have three women from HPN Global nominated by our peers – all who truly deserve the same award,” said Desi Whitney, Senior VP, Sourcing & Industry Relations for HPN Global. “I’m in great company with Jil Dasher and Amy Walkowiak, who have both been awarded as well. We are not too modest to say we are fierce females! Fierce = showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity.”

Smart Women in Meetings Award winners will be featured in the March issue of Smart Meetings magazine and will also receive on-stage honors at the fourth annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala on May 8 at the Smart Woman Summit in Las Vegas.

2019 Smart Women in Meetings Awards Winners

The Smart Woman Summit

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Sourcing Tip of the Month: March

Sourcing Trend:
SHORT TERM LEADS! 90 days out and under leads are up substantially; 11% from last year. If you are trying to book a short-term meeting, you may want to consider marking the dates as flexible on the front end to allow for more options in a short time frame.

Promotion Alert!
Although demand is extremely strong and short term availablity is tight, we do see cancellation happening so if you have a meeting please share with us and we might be able to put you in cancelled dates and create a win/win for your group, the hotel and even the group that cancelled.

Talk to your HPN Global Associate about this and we will be happy to help guide you!

Hillary King
Senior Sourcing Specialist
hking@hpnglobal.com

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