HSMAI’s World Quest connects international meeting professionals and their business partners with each other and with topics of critical interest in planning international meetings outside the continental U.S.

Opening the door to education and networking, HSMAI World Quest brings qualified corporate, association and government international planners together with international hospitality industry business partners for a day of learning, roundtable discussions and networking.

Why You Should Attend World Quest:

  • Learn the tools and techniques that will help you save $ on your next event.
  • Programs are focused on the needs of international meeting professionals planning events outside of the continental U.S.
  • Learn from top-quality educational programs
  • Networking opportunities with other meeting professionals planning international meetings
  • Roundtable discussions with the international business partners with whom you conduct business
  • Stay ahead of the planning curve through provocative presentations of hot topics important to the arena of international meetings
  • Make key contacts that will enhance your next events' ROI
  • Attain contact hours towards your CMP certification/recertification
  • Have fun with speaker Jesse Appell adding a little humor to the day.

Agenda Topics:

  1. International Shipping and Customs: With increased security measures and strict regulations, shipping has become more complex. Know the value of utilizing a Freight Forwarder or Customs Broker before you ship your next box!
  2. Value Added Tax (VAT)/International Tax Reclamation: A zero risk, no obligation method of reducing the cost of doing business abroad. Learn how to reclaim a major amount of the tax you spend abroad!
  3. International Security Measures: Security in today’s uncertain global environment is everybody’s business – but especially for international meeting planners. This informative session will help you better understand the increasing complexities of international travel security as well as how to be best prepared for worst case scenarios while abroad.
  4. International Legal Considerations: International law is a complex subject, which no international meeting planner can completely avoid. Join us in this session and learn how to carefully chart a course to avoid pitfalls and mitigate liabilities of complex international legal issues.

International Business Partners:Sponsorship and Partnership opportunities are available. Please click on the corresponding links to learn more.

HSMAI, in partnership with Association Management Group and its division Meetings Management Group, has created this unique program format specifically for international planners.

The 2005 World Quest events were tremendously successful with over 230 international meeting professionals and 25 business partners taking part in the events. Due to this success two more cities have been added to the 2006 schedule. This year’s World Quest will host events in New York City on July 24, Washington DC on July 27, Chicago on July 28, San Francisco on July 31 and in Seattle on August 4. To learn more about each event, please click on the corresponding city link at the top of the page.

HSMAI is a global organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry while operating as a leading voice for both hospitality and sales and marketing management disciplines. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprised of nearly 7,000 members from 35 countries and 60 chapters worldwide. HSMAI's European Division consists of chapters in nine countries, with the largest representation in Norway.


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