MPI So Cal Connect
Events
  
February 21 – 23
The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort
Why attend (WE)Con 2019? This unique three-day event is more than just your typical education conference!
- Suppliers – grow your business with a 45% planner attendance.
- Experience a redesigned hosted buyer experience leading to deeper connections.
Find balance with sessions focusing on your mind, body and soul
Keynote favorite Michael Dominguez is back with 2019’s hospitality forecast
- Earn up to 10 CEU credits
And so much more!
January 16
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Network with industry peers, gain valuable business insights and hear from our keynote speaker – Michael Milken, Chairman of the Milken Institute – on important issues facing our industry today. Click here to read more about Michael Milken.
Mix Business with California beach leisure.
Annenberg Community Beach House
From team-building exercises to executive presentations, meetings to retreats, the site allows your group to mix business with California beach leisure and historic Hollywood glamour. The Annenberg Community Beach House is also available for filming, and still photography shoots. www.annenbergbeachhouse.com
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Business meets views: High Roller Las Vegas
Caesars Entertainment Corporate-Citywide Attractions
From team-building to client parties to convention receptions, host a business experience your guests will never forget when you schedule your next corporate event on the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller Las Vegas. Private cabins, banquet space and wheel buyouts are all available.
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Educate
By David Gelles
Source: The New York Times
 
Hyatt Hotels CEO Mark Hoplamazian has spent the majority of his career working for one family, having joined the expansive empire of the Pritzker family in 1989. After more than a decade of working his way up the ladder, he was promoted to CEO after the death of the family patriarch Jay Pritzker, and he has guided the company through a host of challenging and prosperous times in the years since. Here, he offers his professional insights and discusses things he's learned during his time at the top of this far-reaching company.
Industry News
By Rich Luna
Source: Meeting Professionals International
 
What is the value of face-to-face meetings? Try more than US$1.03 trillion.
 
That’s the amount cited for the worldwide direct spend of the meeting and event industry and the power of face-to-face surpassed in 2017, according to the Global Economic Significance of Business Events.
 
The study from the Events Industry Council (EIC) and conducted by Oxford Economics is the first-ever comprehensive report on the impact of business events. The report was released at IMEX America, the biggest meeting and event industry trade show in the U.S., which this year attracted a record 13,000 participants and provided a US$19 million economic impact to the host city, Las Vegas.
By Micheline Maynard
Source: Forbes
 
Remember roughly five years ago when food trucks were all the rage? This seemingly sudden phenomenon allowed aspiring restaurant owners with limited available capital the opportunity to realize their vision. Recently, there has been a noticeable shift in public opinion, and food halls are in vogue. These are typically collections of various food types (Ethiopian, Southern, Cajun, for example) offered within a single location at a collection of counters.
   
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By Samson Amore
Source: Los Angeles Business Journal
 
Virtual reality companies are moving toward a new model for the interactive adventure: bringing users to the experience, rather than bringing the experience to the user. More VR companies are creating experiences in public places finding that it's more successful when users are in a single location.
 
The implications of this new direction as it relates to the meetings industry are vast.