October 20-23, 2019
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The leading hosted-buyer event for top-level, pre-qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in the Caribbean, will meet with top hotels, CVBs, DMCs and venues from the Caribbean for three highly productive days at Paradisus Palma Real, October 20-23, 2019. 

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About Destination Caribbean

Destination Caribbean—Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event—brings together the most highly-qualified meeting and incentive buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, DMCs, DMOs and tourism offices from the Caribbean. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers and network with this exclusive group, all while enjoying the five-star Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.


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 suppliers from the Caribbean 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, accommodation, meals and planned activities.


Tom Boucher

Tom Boucher is a vice president in the Velocity B2B unit of CashStar. He brings 14 years of retail gift card experience and over 25 total years of retail experience. Most recently, Tom had full gift card program oversight while with Best Buy, building and managing Best Buy’s highly successful B2B gift card program.

Rhonda Brewer

Rhonda Brewer is the Vice President of Sales at BCD Meetings and Events. She brings more than 30 years of MICE experience including, project management, operations, business development, industry relations, strategy, communications, administration, business solutions, creative services, sales, marketing and leadership. 

Shelly Colla

Shelly Colla, National Sales Manager, Premium Incentive Group, Sony Electronics Inc. Shelly has worked with Sony Electronics for over 20 years and managed the U.S. Premium Incentive Group. With Customer Relationship Management as her core skill, she has built valuable relationships across the industry and she has served as a longtime member of the Incentive Marketing Association.

Mike Donnelly

Mike Donnelly, President of Hinda Incentives, is a 30‐year veteran of the incentives, recognition, engagement, and loyalty industries, Mike is responsible for all leadership aspects of Hinda, including sales, marketing, product development, strategic direction, and operations.

Holly Glowaty

Holly Glowaty, Co-Founder at K+H Connection,  has spent over 10 years working with merchants to create profitable partnerships in FinTech, loyalty/rewards and Sports Marketing, representing major gift card portfolios for JCPenney and Staples and creating numerous loyalty program partnerships.

Jonathan T. Howe

President and Senior and Founding Partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd. Jonathan is also general counsel to Meeting Professionals International, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the International Live Events Association, and special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel.

Tony Lorenz

Founder and/or CEO of four successful event-focused businesses, including his current service to PRA as CEO. Prior to PRA, Tony launched an award-winning online platform, BOB.tv. Tony was also Co-Founder of rEvolution, now one of the largest independent sports marketing firms in the US. 

Mike May

Mike is the 2018 Chairman of the Incentive Research Foundation and President of Brightspot, a full-service performance improvement company. Brightspot manages full-service meetings, corporate events, and incentive programs for enterp rise clients – with industry – leading creativity, flexibility, and commitment to deliver results.

Steve O’Malley

Steve O’Malley is Division President of Maritz Travel. He is an industry veteran and visionary with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of roles from onsite support as a travel director to leading nearly 1,000 associates in the day-to-day operation of one of the industry’s leading companies.

David Meerman Scott

David Meerman Scott is a marketing strategist and author of "The New Rules of Marketing & PR". Previously he was the VP of marketing for two publicly traded technology companies and was also Asia marketing director for Knight-Ridder, at the time one of the world’s largest newspaper and electronic information companies. 

Jesse Wolfersberger

Jesse Wolfersberger is Chief Data Officer for Maritz Motivation Solutions. Jesse leads Maritz’s Decision Sciences team, a group of data scientists who specialize in merging the fields of behavioral science and artificial intelligence, helping brands make data-driven decisions through analytics, machine learning, and statistical analysis. 


Please check back for the updated speakers list


Friday, October 18
Optional: Planner Pre-Fam
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
Sunday, October 20
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Registration & Maui Jim Fittings
Marmol Desk
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Supplier tabletop set-up (Optional)
Bavaro Ballroom
5:00pm – 5:45pm
Planners: Property Tour of Paradisus Palma Real
Meet in Main Lobby
5:45pm – 8:00pm
Welcome Reception
Colonial Plaza
Monday, October 21
7:30am – 8:15am
Naos Restaurant
8:30am – 9:15am
Education (More Details)  
Bavaro Ballroom
9:30am – 1:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
Bavaro Ballroom
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Planners: Site Tour at Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort
(Suppliers: Return to Paradisus Palma Real)

2:30pm – 5:00pm
Suppliers: Free Time at Paradisus Palma Real
Planners: Transportation to Punta Cana Beach Resort
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Planners: Site Tour of Punta Cana Beach Resort
Suppliers: Transportation to Punta Cana Beach Resort
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Punta Cana Beach Resort
Tuesday, October 22
7:30am – 8:15am
Naos Restaurant
8:15am – 9:15am
Education (More Details)  
Bavaro Ballroom
9:30am – 1:00pm

One-on-One Appointments

Bavaro Ballroom
Transportation to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
1:45pm – 2:45pm
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Planners: Site Tour at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Suppliers: Free Time at Paradisus Palma Real
Planners: Transportation to Secrets Cap Cana
5:45pm – 6:45pm
Planners: Site Tour of Secrets Cap Cana
Suppliers: Transportation to Secrets Cap Cana
6:45pm – 8:45pm
Secrets Cap Cana
Imagine Cave Post-Dinner Party or Return to Paradisus Palma Real
Wednesday, October 23
8:00am – 10:00am
Planners: Breakfast & Site Tour
Melia Punta Cana
10:15am – 1:00pm
Optional (Planners & Suppliers): Catamaran Tour
Depart from Melia & Paradisus


Planner Post-Fam #1 (through 10/26) Club Med Punta Cana
Planner Post-Fam #2 (through 10/26) SITE Workshop in Santo Domingo

Airport Departures throughout the day

Hosted Buyers



Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with key suppliers from the Caribbean
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Great meals, receptions and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers and suppliers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Punta Cana as a premier meetings and incentive destination

To learn more why past buyers say this event is the best networking and education experience in the meetings and incentive industry, please contact Dana Kallman at dkallman@ntmllc.com.


"GREAT job!  It was a wonderful event and I look forward to next year 😊 for myself or another colleague as I found it very valuable and extremely worthwhile (which is a high bar for meeting planners).  I just wanted to tell you what a terrific time everyone had and commend you for the flawless execution of you and the team!"

—Missy Madden, East West Connection

"Thank you for your gracious hospitality at Destination Caribbean.  I had a great time at the event and found it very informative and a good use of my time.  I met some great suppliers that I would like to work with on future programs.  The Northstar team always does a great job and I welcome every opportunity to attend the events knowing that I will be able to connect with suppliers that could be a good fit for my clients."

—Molly Sampson, Down to the Details

"I've been to a few other hosted buyer programs but this is one of the best. The quality of the attendees, planners and suppliers alike, was superb. I will highly recommend this to my colleagues and other planners."

—Meeting Planner


Supplier Info/Exhibitors


Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Event Only Package

  • Display table for one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
  • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & accommodations) 

Limited Availability

Limited Availability

  • Display table for one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
  • Half-page or full-page ad package
  • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & accommodations) 

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Claudia Davila at cdavila@ntmllc.com


2019 Exhibitors



Atantis Paradise Island

Bahia Principe

Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort

Belive hotels

British Virgin Islands

Cartagena de Indias CVB

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Cayman Islands

Club Med Punta Cana

Condado Vanderbilt

Connect DMC

Curacao Marriott Resort

Destination Puerto Rico DMC

Discover Puerto Rico

Dominican Republic Tourism Board


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Hotel Las Americas


Maui JIm 

Melia Punta Cana

Ocean Properties, LTD

Palace Hotels


Paradisus Palma Real

Playa Resorts

Punta Cana Resort and Spa

Santa Barbara Resort and Spa

Scrub Island

Sea Dream

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa


SLS Baha Mar


Visit US, INC

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Visit Park City

Las Vegas CVA

South San Francisco Conference Center

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Visit Fort Worth

Fredericksburg CVB

Host Global (TX, LV)

Boise Centre

Visit Oakland

Daytona CVB

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Visit Alexandria

Visit San Antonio

St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach

Sonoma County Tourism

Wigwam Resort

2018 IPEC Exhibitors


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Awesome Alpharetta CVB

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Boise Centre

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Caesars Entertainment

Charleston CVB

Daytona Beach Area CVB

Discover Newport RI

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Eldorado Resorts (Silver Legacy)

Florida Keys & Key West

Fredericksburg CVB

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Goodman Speakers Bureau

Grand Sierra Resort

Grandover Resort

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Greater Palm Springs CVB

Greater Portland Maine

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Inns of Aurora

KLC Ireland

Las Vegas CVA

Louisville CVB

M Resort

Marriott Hawaii

Meadowlands Liberty CVB

Meet Atlantic City

MEET Hawaii

Melia Hotels International / Paradisus Los Cabos

Memphis CVB

MGM National Harbor

Mohegan Sun

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Naples Grande

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Ocean Center

Ocean Properties

Palms Casino Resort

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Plaza Hotel & Casino

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reno Tahoe

Resorts Casino Hotel - Atlantic City

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

San Diego Tourism Authority

San Mateo County CVB

Savannah Convention Center

Seagate Hotel & Spa

South Point Hotel & Casino

South San Francisco Conference Center

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Iroquois NY

The Modern Honolulu

The National Conference Center / Visit Loudoun

Travel Juneau

Tropicana Las Vegas - A DoubleTree by Hilton

Vail Resorts

Velas resorts

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Visit Alexandria

Visit Berkeley

Visit Denver

Visit Houston

Visit Oakland

Visit Raleigh

Visit Savannah

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Visit Vail Valley

Westgate Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Click below to see the 2018 list


The Paradisus Palma Real, a jewel in the Punta Cana crown on Playa Bávaro, is the favorite all-inclusive resort of guests that love luxury and the essence of the Caribbean. The perfect setting: turquoise waters, white sand, beautiful fountains and lush, exotic gardens; every corner is a unique spot to live incredible experiences. 
Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort
Playa de Bávaro 
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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. 




Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman
Manager of Buyer Development


Suppliers Contact:

Claudia Davila
Business Development Director

Event Logistics Contact:

Christy Froehlich

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