April 2-4, 2019
Los Angeles, California

The leading hosted-buyer event for elite meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in California will congregate with California's top hotels, CVBs, DMCs and venues for three highly productive days in the City of Angels, April 2-4, 2019. 

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About

Destination California—Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event—enables attendees to experience firsthand the most desirable destinations, hotels and activities for successful meetings, while making invaluable business connections. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.

Learn

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

Connect with premier suppliers from across the state of California during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.

Enjoy

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

SPEAKERS

Joe English

Joe English is an event designer and creative director with nearly 30 years’ experience in events and high-tech marketing. Joe worked on the client side of event marketing for the first 25 years of his career before transitioning to consulting for the past five years. Over the course of his career, he has worked with top consumer and technology brands to produce hundreds of events around the world. He spent 15 years at Intel Corporation working on events that included the Intel Extreme Masters esports championship series, the Consumer Electronics Show and the Intel Developer Forums. He has directed consumer sponsorship activations at events such as the Sundance Film Festival, China F1 Circuit race and Ironman Triathlon world championships. He started his company Event Futurist to help event professionals incorporate thinking about the future into the design and planning of events. Joe is well known in the world of event production, speaking, writing and appearing as an expert in many industry events every year.

SPEAKERS

Please check back for the updated speakers list

Agenda

Tuesday, April 2
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Registration & Supplier Load-In
California Grand Ballroom
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Planner Site Tour
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Welcome Reception
Zairan
Wednesday, April 3
6:00am - 12:00pm
Registration
California Grand Ballroom
7:30am - 8:00am
Opening Breakfast
Pacific Ballroom
8:00am - 9:15am
Welcome & Educational Session (More Details)
9:30am - 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
California Grand Ballroom and Foyer
12:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunch
2:00pm - 3:30pm
One-on-One Appointments
California Grand Ballroom and Foyer
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Free time
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Dinner Reception
Sponsored by Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Two Bit Circus
Thursday, April 4
6:00am - 12:00pm
Registration
California Grand Ballroom
7:30am - 8:30am
Breakfast
Pacific Ballroom
8:30am - 9:45am
Educational Session
10:00am - 12:15pm
One-on-One Appointments
California Grand Ballroom and Foyer
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Lunch
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Optional Afternoon Activities
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Closing Event

Hosted Buyers

ALL QUALIFIED BUYERS WILL BE FULLY HOSTED BY NORTHSTAR MEETINGS GROUP, INCLUDING AIRFARE, ACCOMMODATIONS, MEALS, AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES.

Information

Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled meetings with key suppliers from California
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Los Angeles as a premier meetings and incentive destination
To learn more, please contact: Dana Kallman at dkallman@ntmllc.com.

Testimonials

" In one event, over a course of a few days, I received quite an education. I established new relationships during the one on one meetings, had an opportunity to network at fabulous venues, learned new things about the region, and had a ton of fun."

- Independent Meeting Planner

" Attending meetings through Northstar Meetings Group affords me a vast opportunity to learn about multiple vendors and properties over 2 days. The social component of these meetings allow me to make lifelong friendships and stronger business partners. Every work day is better when working with friends and thanks to Northstar I work with friends."

- Corporate Planner

" Great event! I booked more than 300 room nights within two weeks after its conclusion. And the opportunity to connect with so many targeted suppliers for the future business was invaluable. "

- Association Planner

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Supplier
Info/Exhibitors

Supplier Info/Exhibitors

Meet with Planners looking to do business in California

EVENT ONLY

EVENT ONLY

EVENT ONLY

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

PLATINUM PACKAGE

PLATINUM PACKAGE

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

GOLD PACKAGE

GOLD PACKAGE

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

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or:
 Amanda Blanar Kelly at: ablanar@ntmllc.com

Testimonials

"Destination CA is a wonderful event with high caliber planners and suppliers, as well as, perfectly timed appointments with networking. "

- Rhanee Palma, Visit Oakland

" I love this event, much more personable in my opinion compared to other shows."

- Diana Buxton, Temecula Creek Inn

" You find some great gems of planners which is terrific! Thank you!"

- Suzy Kay, Visit Santa Barbara

Exhibitors

2019 Exhibitors

Asilomar Conference Grounds

AT&T Park

Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach

Caesars Entertainment

Folktale Winery & Vineyards

Great Wolf Lodge

Greater Palm Springs CVB

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Hotel Corque

Hotel Maya - a Doubletree Hotel by Hilton

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

Kimpton Shorebreak Resort

Marin CVB

Maui Jim

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Conference Center

Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau

North Lake Tahoe

Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pasea Hotel & Spa

PSAV

Riverside Convention & Visitors Bureau

San Diego Travel Authority

San Francisco Travel

San Mateo County CVB

Sonoma County Tourism

South San Francisco CC

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel

Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau

Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau

Visit Berkeley

Visit Carlsbad

Visit Dana Point

Visit Huntington Beach, Surf City USA

Visit Napa Valley

Visit Oakland

Visit Santa Barbara

Visit Visalia

Click below to see the 2018 list

Hotel

STAY IN THE HEART OF LA
The LA Grand Hotel Downtown is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, close to many popular venues including the LA Live, Staples Center (home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks), the Microsoft Theater (home of the Grammy Awards) and the LA Convention Center. The hotel is also within walking distance to The Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad and MOCA Museums, Bunker Hill, the Music Center and Grand Park. The hotel is also just blocks away from some of LA's hottest restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
The L.A Grand Hotel Downtown
333 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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. 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

CONTACT

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR SALES REPRESENTATIVE OR:

Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman
Manager of Buyer Development
dkallman@ntmllc.com

Suppliers Contact:

Amanda Blanar Kelly
Sales & Client Services Manager
ablanar@ntmllc.com

Event Logistics Contact:

Angela Cox
Group Director, Meetings & Events
acox@ntmllc.com

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