Meeting Facilities:'s LinkedIn Group Connects Meeting Planners and CVBs

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DMAI’s Network for CVBs and Meeting Professionals Is an Online Gathering Place for Destination Experts and Meeting Planners Alike to Talk Shop and Connect

"Join our conversation on LinkedIn, a teeming extension of," said Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, managing director of

(, the easiest place online for meeting and event planners to search for meeting facilities and connect with destination marketing organizations (DMOs) from the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), fosters community among its stakeholders through a LinkedIn group. DMAI’s Network for CVBs and Meeting Professionals is an online gathering place for destination experts and meeting planners to promote or monitor word of conference venue and hospitality deals nationwide, discuss the issues affecting their shared industry, and generally learn how to continually improve their game.

"Join our conversation on LinkedIn, a teeming extension of," said Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, managing director of "Meeting planners, especially, are welcome to join and, by sharing their insight, help DMOs to better serve them."

Several discussions are open at's LinkedIn group. Following is a shortlist representative of the kinds of conversations taking place there:

1) Call for Input from CVBs and DMOs That Have Experience Working with Third Parties

Meeting planners with thoughts on the matter, including anyone who has found a CVB or DMO through third parties, are encouraged to weigh in.

2) How Can CVBs Best Reach Meeting Planners with Mobile Technology?

Meeting planners with pertinent ideas may join the group and share. Their input will help CVBs and DMOs incorporate mobile technology in ways that best help meeting planners in conducting their work.

3) Social Media—How Do Meeting Planners Use it to Find the Right CVBs for Their Events?

CVBs and DMOs continue to explore and refine their approach to social media. Feedback from meeting planners on how they presently explore CVBs via social media, as well as what they'd like to see in this realm, is welcome.

Meeting planners who belong to LinkedIn may easily register to become a member of the group there. Additionally, they may complete free registration at itself. Doing so automatically adds them to a list that receives empoweringNews,'s monthly e-newsletter highlighting important information on convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and their meeting facilities in the Northeast, West, Midwest, Southwest and Southeast regions of the United States, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. Any registered member of may create a profile and thus gain access to their meetings' post-event reports, serviced by's DMOs and CVBs.

Should event planners have questions about upcoming meetings they have planned, can connect them to the top 100-plus destinations. Or, by simply entering a destination name at, a meeting planner may quickly connect with the destination he or she is seeking.

More than 100 official destination marketing organizations (also called DMOs or CVBs) have collaborated to create, the industry's first collective portal of meeting destinations and the largest repository of post-event reports. Powered by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), is the fastest and easiest way for meeting professionals to send a request for proposal (RFP) to one or multiple destinations and connect directly with a local destination expert who can help planners save time and money, offer unbiased destination expertise and provide qualified lead distribution, all for free.

In addition, to simplifying the search for destinations based on the planners' requirements, allows access to the planners' post-event report, through the planners' profile. DMAI is advocating for accurate and complete histories since this data plays an important role in business qualification and negotiations for DMOs, hotels and planners.

Anyone interested in learning more about may contact Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, managing director of, available at 858-935-9179 or shimo AT destinationmarketing DOT org.


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