October 2-4, 2019
Kissimmee, Florida

The leading hosted-buyer event for top-level, pre-qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in the Southeast, will congregate with top hotels, CVBs, DMCs and venues from the Southeastern U.S. for highly productive days at the brand new, Margaritaville Resort Orlando, October 2-4, 2019. 

↓ Learn More ↓

About Destination Southeast

Destination Southeast—Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event—brings together the most highly-qualified meeting and incentive buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, attractions, DMCs, DMOs and tourism offices from the Southeastern states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 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 brand new Margaritaville Resort Orlando. 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 Southeast U.S. during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.


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


Bruce Himelstein

Bruce Himelstein has effectively transformed some of the hospitality industry’s most prestigious brands, including Loews Hotels, Ritz-Carlton and Oceana Cruises. As the former chief marketing officer for Loews, he implemented strategic campaigns and launched key initiatives to employ innovative technologies. Previously, as corporate VP of sales and marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., he led the transformation of the luxury brand with his "Blow the Dust Off the Lion and Crown" campaign, which reinforced Ritz-Carlton’s prestigious appeal to longtime clientele while attracting a new generation of guests. His work for Ritz-Carlton was featured in Dr. Joseph Michelli’s New York Times bestseller The New Gold Standard.   Among many accolades, Bruce has been inducted into the American Marketing Association and was named “one of the 25 brightest minds in sales and marketing” by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association. A highly sought presenter, Himelstein delivers valuable insight to help organizations in any industry build and maintain a successful brand, develop a culture of service and harness talent to foster innovation.

David Nico, Ph.D.

A peak-performance strategist, keynote speaker and certified wellness coach, David Nico, Ph.D., helps organizations integrate customized wellness solutions with current lifestyle-health principles, practices and products. He teaches corporate leaders healthful ways to live so they can model vitality, inspire vision and create a legacy. The author of Diet Diagnosis, David has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, US News & World Report, Prevention, Reader's Digest, USA Today and other top media outlets. His work is endorsed by New York Times best-selling authors, distinguished professors and top marketplace leaders. David’s company, Dr. Healthnut, is on a mission to use the power of health education to transform lives. 

Ben Sauvage

The founder and CEO of Connect DMC, a destination management company in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, Ben Sauvage brings 25 years of experience in delivering high-end, complex services to clients. He has a passion for creativity, attention to detail and sustainable practices. Named the 2019 SITE Member of the Year and recipient of an IMEX Green Award, Sauvage serves as president of SITE’s Florida/Caribbean chapter, is a member of the SITE and EIC sustainability committees, and holds the EIC Sustainable Event Professional certification.

Jane Scaletta

Jane Scaletta, president of Orlando-based Dolfin Destinations, has worked in most travel and tourism disciplines over her 35-year career. While serving as executive director of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, she became involved in efforts to protect the ecosystem of the Atlantic Ocean and instituted sustainable practices at one of the largest annual food and wine events in the Caribbean. Jane currently is the sustainability champion for the SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter and serves on the SITE Sustainability Committee.


Please check back for the updated speakers list


Wednesday, October 2
All Day
Planner Transportation sponsored by PRA
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sponsored by Daytona Beach CVB
Maui Jim Fittings
Compass Rose Pre-Function Space
Supplier tabletop set-up (Optional)
Compass Rose Ballroom
5:15pm – 6:00pm
Planners: Property Tour of Margaritaville Resort
Meet in Main Lobby
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Welcome Reception 
Sponsored by Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Main Pool Deck
Thursday, October 3
7:45am – 8:30am
Sponsored by Explore Asheville CVB
Seagrass Room
8:30am – 9:30am
Education (More Details)  
Seagrass Room
9:45am – 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
Compass Rose Ballroom
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Sponsored by Myrtle Beach Area CVB

Seagrass Room
1:15pm – 3:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
Compass Rose Ballroom
3:15pm – 4:15pm

Optional: SITE Florida & Caribbean
Sustainable Meetings (SMPP) Presentation (More Details)  

Seagrass Room
3:00pm – 6:30pm
Free Time
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Dinner Reception
Friday, October 4
7:45am – 8:30am
Sponsored by Experience Kissimmee 
Seagrass Room
8:30am – 9:30am
Education (More Details)  
Seagrass Room
9:45am – 12:30pm

One-on-One Appointments

Compass Rose Ballroom
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Sponsored by Reunion Resort

Reunion Resort
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Free Time
4:30pm – 7:00pm
Closing Happy Hour
Sponsored by Jaleo at Disney Springs & Experience Kissimmee
Jaleo at Disney Springs

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 Southeastern U.S.
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Great meals, receptions and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers and suppliers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Kissimmee 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 Cindy Binder at cbinder@ntmllc.com.

Supplier Info/Exhibitors



Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

EXHIBITORS & Sponsorships
Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

EXHIBITORS & Sponsorships
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) 
Media Bonus Option in Southeast Guide 
Media Bonus Option in Southeast Guide
  • Includes event package at Destination Southeast
  • Ad in the September 2019 issues of Successful Meetings and M&C, plus matching advertorial

- Half-page or full-page ad option

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director: 

Pam Bucaro

Pete Ciriello
(GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

Kimberly Faulk
(AL, FL, LA, MS)


2019 Exhibitors

Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bowling Green Kentucky

Caesars Entertainment

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Chattanooga Area CVB

Cobb County, GA CVB

Crystal Coast Tourisim Development Authority 

Daytona Beach CVB 

Discover Dunwoody

Discover Durham 


Experience Columbia SC

Experience Kissimmee

Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Explore Gwinnett Travel & Tourism/Infinite Energy Center

Florida Keys & Key West

Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

Goodman Speakers

Greater Raleigh CVB

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Huntsville/Madison County CVB 

Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort

Jekyll Island Club Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kingston Resort

Lee County 

Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Maui Jim

Memphis CVB

Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

Ocean Properties Hotels, Resorts & Affiliates

Playa Largo Resort & Spa

PRA Orlando


Renaissance Vinoy

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB

The King and Prince Resort

The Launch Group

The Shores Resort & Spa

Virginia Beach CVB

Visit Greenville SC

Visit Myrtle Beach 

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach 

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


Escape to Paradise

This is your little piece of paradise, your private oasis, where luxury and heart-pounding fun meet — beautifully. You’ll find lush grounds dotted with vacation cottages, a 184-room luxury hotel and cozy timeshares, all Margaritaville-inspired to delight at every turn.

The amenities are equally spectacular — with a lagoon-style pool and soft sand beaches, a waterpark, a relaxing spa, fitness center, entertainment, shopping and dining, within walking distance. Your options are endless in this little piece of paradise.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando
8000 Fins Up Circle
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Hotel Website

Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

Suppliers: Click on the following link to book your accommodations. Book Hotel


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 
  • Trade Show Planners
  • 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 Testimonials

"IPEC is THE event for both novice and experienced independent planners. Everyone is open to express their concerns and posing questions without worrying about 'the other side' and suppliers are truly interested in our positions and challenges, ergo the round table discussions, which are insightful and we learn from each other as well as suppliers. Our discussion on the RFP process helped me to reformulate my own forms and I believe this will result in more usable proposals. Thank YOU."

—Doris Mayer, Meetings Plus

"I applaud Northstar for caring enough about Independent Planners that they designed a meeting just for us. We are critical to the industry and have different needs than the other niche Planner demographics."

—Tess Vismale, iSocialExecution, Inc.

"In two short days IPEC accomplished two very important goals for me - it provided an intimate forum where I could meet with suppliers I've been interested in meeting; and just as importantly, it enabled me to network and share best practices with respected colleagues who do just what I do all across the country."

—Brett Sterenson, Hotel Lobbyists




Buyers Contact:

Cindy Binder
Director of Buyer Development


Suppliers Contact:

Pam Bucaro

Pete Ciriello
(GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

Kimberly Faulk
(AL, FL, LA, MS)

Event Logistics Contact:

Christy Froehlich
Event Manager/Consultant

©@@currentyear Northstar Meetings Group. All rights reserved.