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Q&A With Laura Scheller, President Of Arizona Sunbelt Chapter MPI

woman sitting on a red chair on stage - AZ Business Magazine Sep/Oct 2010

Laura Scheller, CMP President of the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of MPI President and CEO, Solomonte Hospitality How has MPI responded to the economic downturn? It has been a difficult year for the hospitality industry. Not only have we had to overcome the poor economy and negative media, but here in Arizona we also added controversial… Read More →

In Troubled Times, Meeting Planners Are Learning To Be Advocates For Their Industry

Meeting Planners Are Learning To Be Advocates - AZ Business Magazine Sep/Oct 2010

Politics, economic setbacks and disasters of all kinds pose constant threats to the meetings industry. But increasingly, MPI, its members and others associated with meeting planning, are taking steps to be advocates for their industry before problems arise. Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Maritz Travel Company in St. Louis, wants her peers to “pay… Read More →

ATA Is Promoting The Message That Tourism Will Bolster The State’s Economic Recovery

Tourism is not an expense — it’s an investment. That’s not an official slogan for advocates of Arizona’s tourism and hospitality industry, but it is a message they are working hard to imprint in the public consciousness as legislators eye further cuts to the state’s budget. As in past budget crises, funding for marketing the… Read More →

Who To Watch: John Chan

John Chan Interim Director Phoenix Convention Center Despite a slumping economy, the newly expanded Phoenix Convention Center experienced a phenomenon expressed some years ago in a movie — “If you build it they will come.” Indeed, convention delegates came in record numbers in 2009, attracted by the usual Phoenix amenities, including weather and reasonable prices.… Read More →

The Meetings Industry Is On The Offensive To Counter Negative Perceptions

Panel of MPI Students

When individuals and organizations meet, solutions are created, ideas are shared, business initiatives are crafted and skills are learned. Such meetings are crucial to North American business success, even more so in a dynamic, faltering, global economy. In an increasingly faceless world, effective human connections are a powerful business weapon. The EventView 2009 study reveals… Read More →