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NORTHSTAR MEETINGS GROUP LAUNCHES MEETING PLANNER VIDEO EDUCATION SERIES
Free Masterclass Series provides continuing education credits
SECAUCUS, NJ (December 7, 2015) – Northstar Meetings Group has launched the Masterclass Series, an innovative video education course aimed at meeting planners of all experience levels. Produced by the award-winning editorial team behind Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Incentive and Meeting News, the Masterclass Series provides exceptional educational content presented by top industry experts. The Masterclass series is free of charge and offers the Convention Industry Council's Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credit. Ranging from 30 minutes to an hour, each course is broken into short digestible chapters and can be viewed on desktop, tablet or mobile devices. "From courses on finding an event speaker to mastering second screen technology, there's something for every meeting professional in the Masterclass Series," says Lori Cioffi, Senior Vice President/Editorial Director, Northstar Meetings Group. She adds, "This new series is divided into specific chapters, so time-pressed planners will be able to easily access the information they need, when they need it." The two inaugural Masterclass courses are "12 Steps to a Successful Incentive Program," presented by David Caldwell, vice president of sales at Maritz Travel Company, and "Meetings Tech Strategy," presented by Liz King of Liz King Events. Supporting the program launch are Singapore Tourism Board and Cvent. “Planners challenged by a continually changing meetings and incentive market, who are constrained by limited budgets and tight schedules, tell us they need timely, topical education services – free – to stay competitive,” says David Blansfield, Executive Vice President and Group Publisher. “Northstar’s Masterclass Series is a natural extension of our multi-platform product set, providing independent information services to a wide range of meeting and incentive professionals.”
Upcoming courses include "Tradeshow Sponsorship Opportunities," presented by Donna Kastner, Enlighten 123; "Intro to Second Screen," presented by David Haas, FreemanXP; "The 13 Attributes of Winning Teams," presented by Gary Hernbroth, Training for Winners; and "Working With Speakers," presented by Jim Burba and Bob Hayes, Burba Hotel Network.
To access Northstar Meetings Group’s Masterclass Series, go to:http://masterclass.northstarmeetingsgroup.com/
For more information, please contact Joe D’Andrea, 201-902-1963, [email protected]
ABOUT NORTHSTAR MEETINGS GROUP:
The Northstar Meetings Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the business events market, including full-time meeting planners, as well as senior corporate, association and not-for-profit decision-makers and incentive professionals who plan nearly 2 million meetings annually. Through its leading brands; Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Incentive and Meetings News, the Northstar Meetings Group, is committed to identifying and informing meeting and event professionals, facilitating not only their continuing professional development but also providing data, digital, events and print services in support of their planning and investment decisions
ABOUT NORTHSTAR TRAVEL MEDIA:
Northstar Travel Media is the leading provider of news, information and data for the travel, meetings and hospitality industries and parent of brands including Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, Events China, Business Travel News, Travel Procurement, Phocuswright, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive, TravelAge West, Family Getaways, Explorer, Web in Travel and Inntopia. Northstar's electronic directories - Travel Weekly's Hotel and Travel Index, Official Cruise Guide, and M&C Facilities Search and Successful Meetings Facilities Search- provide in-depth data on hotels, meeting and convention properties, and business travel in the United States and internationally. Northstar produces more than 40 face-to-face events including The Phocuswright Conference, Phocuswright Europe, CruiseWorld, Global Travel Marketplace, Global Travel Marketplace West, Northstar Meetings Leadership Forum, Northstar Meetings Group Destination Events, Incentive Buyers Conference, The Beat Live, Tech Talk, Business Travel Trends and Forecast Forums and the Travel Weekly Leadership Forums, the Travel Weekly Leadership Forums, the Web in Travel conferences, WITX: Women In Travel, WIT Hospitality Roadshow and WITNext, and Mountain Travel Symposium. Northstar also is an industry leader in marketing services, custom communications, content licensing and database management serving the travel and meetings industries. Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company also has offices in New York, NY; Glen Ellyn, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and Winston-Salem, NC.
Northstar Travel Media, LLC is a portfolio company of Wicks Group of Companies LLC, a leading private equity investor in the information and business services, communications, and media sectors.