Providence, Rhode Island


OneFinalProvidence deftly mixes the vibrancy and amenities of a big city with the walkability and personal service of a small town. This blend helps create a VIP experience for meeting planners and attendees and has generated buzz and critical acclaim for the destination. Providence was voted the #1 City in the U.S. in Travel + Leisure‘s “America’s Favorite Cities” 2014 poll. Known as the Creative Capital, Providence scored big in categories across the board–ranging from its culinary offerings to its level of cool.

Nearby Warwick is centrally located, and within easy reach of just about any destination in the state. Warwick features miles of scenic coastline and spectacular views, and offers additional hotel, dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Fast Facts:

The RICC consists of a 100,000-contiguous-square-foot exhibition hall, a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, and 23 meeting rooms.

Event Schedule:

Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m IAEE CEM Session. Register here
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Arrival Lounge
2:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Meetings Quest Registration Desk Open
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Exhibitor Setup. Click here for Exhibitor Manual
 6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Bus Loading for Squantum Association
6:15 p.m. Buses Depart for Squantum Association
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Opening Celebration at The Squantum Association
10:15 p.m. Arrival back to Omni Providence Hotel

 Wednesday, April 22, 2015

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet Open
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Learning Lab Session I
 John Foster: “Legal Issues Facing Meeting Planners”
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Learning Lab Session II
Harold Maurer: “Growing Your Organization: Lessons from the Trenches”
Current research findings that reveal what works and what doesn’t.
Sponsored by:
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Earth Day Session on Sustainable Meetings and Farm-to-Table Cuisine
12:10 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Instructions for Expo and Dismissal for Lunch
12:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Expo Open
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch in Expo Hall
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Expo Appointment Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Tear Down
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Departure Lounge
4:40 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Passport Prize Drawing

Meetings Quest wrapped up another successful show in Providence, Rhode Island. Hosted by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, the nation’s longest-running series of educational and networking events for association, corporate, government and religious meetings planners gave registrants a chance to earn credits toward IAEE’s professional certification program, participate in Learning Labs led by industry experts and make lasting professional connections. Attendees were also treated to a memorable opening ceremony at the Squantum Association—a dramatic spectacle that went off with a bang.

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