In 1996, MeetingSource.com became the nation’s first online meeting site searching tool when it grew out of a set of bi-annual meeting source books that were started by John Horchner and published by Travmar Destination Directories, Inc..of Providence, RI. Produced for New England (est 1990), Mid-Atlantic (est 1993) and the Southeast (est 1996) regions, these source books provided a springboard for authoritative facility and location sourcing information and reached over 100,000 event planners.
Since 2016, MeetingSource.com has refocused coverage on convention cities and centers. This effort was started in 2008, however, when Horchner began gathering data for a national survey of convention cities – to make it easy for convention planners to select locations according to the site selection factors most important to them. In 2017, this information was collated into the first Best Convention Cities report – now an official ranking on MeetingSource.com and used by meeting planners and real estate developers and also cited by the media (i.e. www.latimes.com/travel/story/2019-09-26/travel-convention-san-diego-san-francisco-dates-list).
Currently, we are exploring new technology that could support meeting planners, convention bureaus and hoteliers with vital sourcing information via a non-profit source. We are also supporting the concept of “real time” meeting sourcing. Please feel free to reach out to John Horchner at (612) 568-6883 X1 or anyone else via the contact us form.
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