A Change In Plans,
by Timothy Schneider,
Publisher, Association News
Angeles, CA – April 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / No
meeting planner ever wants to postpone an event. But as the organizers
of Meetings Quest—the nation’s
longest-running series of educational and networking events for meeting
planners—we were faced with just such a situation last month. Winter Storm
Stella caused the cancellation of most flights to and from the Northeast
in the days when our attendees would have been traveling to Meetings Quest
in Atlantic City.
to our great partners at Meet AC and the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Resort,
we were able to reschedule Meetings Quest within a few hours of deciding
to postpone the event. We are pleased to announce that the new dates for
Meetings Quest in Atlantic City are June 28–29, 2017.
ideal destination for conferences and events of all sizes, Atlantic City
is America’s original beach resort destination. It is especially popular
in the summer months and we are thrilled that Meetings Quest attendees
will now be able to experience Atlantic City during one of its peak seasons.
are also pleased to announce the scheduling of another excellent networking
opportunity for meeting planners and travel-industry professionals. The
Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic—the
longest-running golf tournament in the hospitality industry—has been scheduled
for October 9, 2017, in Las Vegas. The event has been named the exclusive
golf tournament of the IMEX America trade show, which will be held October
10–12 in Las Vegas.
Shamrock Shootout dates back to 1987 when legendary D.C. meetings-industry
leader James T. “Jimmy” Dunn, founder of Meetings Quest, gathered three
friends for a round of golf on a cold and blustery March 17. With wind-chill
temperatures in the 30s and wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, the friendly
competition was destined to become an annual get-together for hospitality
industry professionals. In 1992, Dunn renamed the event the Shamrock Shootout
in honor of its origins. Beginning in 1998, the Shamrock Shootout was held
in the same week as ASAE’s Springtime trade show, which was discontinued
2017, the 30th anniversary of that first golf outing, the 25th anniversary
edition of the Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic will allow participants to
start IMEX week on a high note and in high spirits. The compact, fast-moving
tournament schedule will allow golfers to fully participate in the IMEX
America Smart Monday program, including Association Focus. Winning foursomes
will be recognized during the program and participant plaques and prizes
will be distributed in the IMEX America registration area.
further information on the Shamrock Shootout at IMEX America in Las Vegas,
please visit ShamrockShootout.com.
For more information on Meetings Quest in Atlantic City, June 28–29, please
visit MeetingsQuest.com, see
on page 33 or call 877-577-3700. Future Meetings Quest events will
be held in Plano, Texas, and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Schneider is the publisher of Association
News and SportsTravel
magazines, which serve group travel planners responsible for generating
156 million hotel room nights annually. Schneider
Publishing also organizes Meetings
Quest, America's longest-running series of trade shows for meeting
planners, and the TEAMS Conference
& Expo, the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers.
TEAMS ’17 will be held October 30–November 2, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.
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