Mississippi Gulf Coast:
March 12–13, 2018


msgcLocated between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a tri-county area made up of 12 coastal communities featuring more than 14,000 hotel rooms and exceptional venues and attractions along 62 miles of scenic coastline. The Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center offers 400,000 square feet of recently expanded and renovated exhibit and meeting space that can host groups of up to 6,000 people. Other meeting options include casinos, resorts and area hotels that offer anywhere from 1,000 to 6,400 square feet of space.

Groups can take advantage of a variety of activities in the area including golf at nearly 20 area courses, a kayak tour of various waterways, an outing on a fishing charter or a performance at a local theater. New to the sports scene is MGM Park, home to Minor League Baseball’s Biloxi Shuckers, which opened just last summer. Other notable attractions include the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, the Infinity Science Center and The Redding House, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and also doubles as an event venue.

“The Mississippi Gulf Coast is experiencing a surge of growth in its meetings and events infrastructure,” said David Blansfield, Executive Vice President/Group Publisher, Meetings Group, which organizes Meetings Quest. “Not only have several new hotels opened recently, additional attractions and planned renovations will soon increase the range of options available for meeting planners in this outstanding destination. Meetings Quest on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will provide a truly unique experience for attendees while it also allows the coast to further position itself as an eager host of meetings, conventions and events.”



Meetings Quest Mississippi Gulf Coast Schedule of Events


Monday, March 12

 2:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Meetings Quest Registration Desk Open
Convention Center Promenade
 2:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Exhibitor Setup
Magnolia Ballroom
 5:45 p.m. Gather in West Bus Lobby for transportation to Opening Celebration  
 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Opening Celebration Reception
Sky Bar at the Reef
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Tuesday, March 13

 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meetings Quest Registration Desk Open
Convention Center Promenade
 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
Camellia Ballroom
 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome to Meetings Quest!
Camellia Ballroom
 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Education Session #1
Camellia Ballroom
  Event Planning for Smaller Events

It is a traditional bias in America that ‘bigger is better’ and this has generally been true of events. But the reality is much different. Smaller sized meetings, those with 200 or fewer participants often are able to leverage their compact size into some very important assets. This session will explore some of the most important trends that are impacting meeting planning with special emphasis on boutique sized events. There are lessons to be learned for meeting planners who plan events of all sizes.

Presented by Steven Hacker, CAE, CEM, FASAE
Principal, Bravo Management Group

 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Education Session #2
Camellia Ballroom
  Events Made Easy

We all want technology to be cheap (if not free!), easy-to-use, and most importantly, useful. This session will introduce you to the latest tools to better manage your events, travel, business (and life). As a meeting planner, each event is run like a small business with its unique venue, changing staff, small budget and attendees who do not commit. These latest tools will help you control all the stray cats and evasive attendees. Learn about apps, small business tools, and event tech for the fast‐paced life of an event planner. This session offers hands on learning for tools you can put to work today.

Event Made Easy Tools include:

Business Tools for: Accounting, sales quotes, e‐ printing, signing documents, receiving faxes, document sharing, outbound and inbound work calls.

  • Business Apps: Notes, Site Visit, registration, social media, travel, ride share, reservations,
  • Event tech tools for small meeting planners: Free tools for registration, networking, badge printing andmobile apps.

Presented by Ann Windham James, Chief Executive Officer and President, Imagine Xhibits & Events

IMX and events logo

 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Expo Appointment Sessions
Magnolia Ballroom
 12:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Education Session #3
Magnolia Ballroom
  Safety and Security: The Critical Role of Meeting Planners and Suppliers

Bringing people together for a meeting and event has inherent risks — and those planning or hosting such gatherings have an inherent responsibility to mitigate those risks to the extent possible. Legal expert Jonathan T. Howe Esq., will discuss what “duty of care” means to meeting professionals, and how to be sure you are fulfilling your obligations to ensure a safe event. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share concerns, either directly or anonymously. Potential topics to be covered include:

  • Why and how to establish an emergency action plan for each event
  • Methods for determining the specific risk factors of destinations and venues
  • Assessing the type and level of security needed based on the agenda, high-profile attendees and other factors
  • What and how to advise attendees about safety and security procedures
  • Key considerations for restricting venue access
  • Your role in ensuring that attendee data is handled securely throughout the planning process

Presented by Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., President and Senior and Founding Partner, Howe & Hutton Ltd

 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Expo Appointment Sessions
Magnolia Ballroom
 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closing Reception with Prize Drawings
Coast Restaurant
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6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Exhibitor Tear Down
Magnolia Ballroom