Convention and Visitors Association When you come to Minneapolis, we want to ensure that your meeting goes smoothly and successfully. That’s why we have a talented staff ready to provide a full range of services, from registration and attendance building to housing and online and onsite services. And if you don’t see the resources you need, just ask our staff. We are always willing to go above and beyond, as is witnessed by our accolades: 16-time Gold Service Award winner (Meeting & Conventions magazine), 10 Pinnacle Awards (Successful Meetings magazine), and awards for Top Destination and Top Facility (Facilities and Destinations magazine). Here are some of the services we provide: • One-stop-shop services contact assigned to handle all of your questions • Event planning • Publicity, promotion and marketing, including customized websites and landing pages, pre-promotes, promotional emails and brochures, postcards, image libraries, media list generation and more • Web services for both meeting planners and convention attendees, customized for each audience • Housing services • Registration • Welcome program, including street banners, airport welcome, convention alerts, brochures and more • Restaurant reservations • Information booths MEETINGS & EVENTS IN MINNEAPOLIS Still not convinced you should hold your meeting or event here? Look at the groups we have hosted, and will soon host, as well as what some of these organizations have to say about their experience with us. USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships June 19-July 6, 2014 • Attendance: 44,500 Shriner’s International 2014 Imperial Session July 6-10, 2014 • Attendance: 9,000 MIB All-Star Game July 11-15, 2014 • Attendance: 41,000 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress (WEC) August 2-5, 2014 • Attendance: 1,900 Society Of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) April 28-30, 2015 • Attendance: 1,000 Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) May 25-29, 2015 • Attendance: 8,000 National Senior Games 2015 July 3-16, 2015 • Attendance: 35,000 American Anthropological Association January 15-20, 2016 • Attendance: 6,000 American Telemedicine Association May 13-16, 2016 • Attendance: 3,000 Super Bowl Lii January 15-February 11, 2018 Attendance: 90,000 Association For Professionals in Infection Control And Epidemiology June 12-16, 2018 • Attendance: 3,500 National Education Association (NEA) Annual Meeting June 30-July 8, 2018 • Attendance: 16,000 Ncaa Men’s Final Four March 18-April 9, 2019 • Attendance: 70,000 American Industrial Hygiene Association May 17-23, 2019 • Attendance: 4,600 TESTIMONIALS “Based on surveys, there was an overall 98 percent attendee satisfaction rate. MPI’s 2014 WEC, held in Minneapolis, was a huge success, and much of that success can be attributed to Minneapolis’ world-class facilities, gracious and warm welcome, and the overall support of the host city partners who made our attendees feel like MPI was the main show in town.” Paul Van Deventer, President and Chief Executive Officer, MPI “We had a great experience. The Minneapolis Convention Center was the perfect location, the people were friendly, and there were many places to entertain guests. It felt like we owned the city.” Maureen Macke, Managing Director – Member Services & Events, Path to Purchase “The city, the center and the whole experience was wonderful for us and for our attendees. All week we got comments from people on how clean the city is, how friendly the people are…and the great dining all over. We were blessed with great weather for most days. From our perspective as the organizers, I want to tell you that the Meet Minneapolis and Convention Center staff are some of the very best we have ever worked with.” Teresa V. Cryan, Director of Meetings, Informs “To put it simply, ‘You guys rock!’ I’m looking forward to seeing you all again.” Dr. Frank J. Beard, Head of Site Selection Committee, General Commission on General Conference, United Methodist Church “Minneapolis is a great place to host. [You’ve] got the skyway system, where all the teams can stay in the downtown hotels, and if it’s raining or cold or something, they can just walk right there.” Curt Classmann, Tournament Director, USA Volleyball “Minneapolis has been a fabulous city for us. All of the staff from the CVB, Convention Center and hotels are amazing. We always look forward to returning.” Renee Pieper, Associate Director – Events, Solution-Tree LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY Meet Minneapolis’ 500-plus partners offer a variety of valuable products, services and venues for meetings and conventions. Search the partnership directory by going to www.minneapolis.org and clicking on Partner Directory in the Meeting and Event Professionals tab. READY, SET, PLAN To inquire about booking your next meeting or convention in Minneapolis, simply: • Fill out an RFP at www.minneapolis.org • Call 800-445-7412 • Email: BrentF@minneapolis.org TOP 10 REASONS TO UTILIZE MEET MINNEAPOLIS You’re a meeting planner. Your day is packed with 24/7 requests, and your Outlook calendar hasn’t seen a gap since 2004. Needless to say, you’re one of the busiest people to walk the Earth, and you need your information quickly and efficiently. That’s why we’re here. We’re a collaborator. A time saver. The only planning resource you’ll ever need, here to make your job easier. We help find what you need for your event, and we do it for free, because we want you to experience Minneapolis the way we do every day. Look what we can do for you: 1 WE’RE TIME & MONEY SAVERS Stop wasting time sifting through the hundreds of businesses in Minneapolis. We’ll personally find the best, most cost-effective services for you, and we’ll do it for free. 2 WE’RE CITY EXPERTS Need a restaurant that serves sushi and can accommodate a group of 120 at 7p.m.? We can find that. Need parking that’s close to your event? We can find that. We’re the experts of Minneapolis, so think of us as walking, talking Googles. 3 WE’RE LIAISONS Introducing yourself out of the blue to big hitters in the business and government sectors can be tough. We’re here to make those introductions so you can have the best meeting possible. 4 WE’RE CONNECTED We’ve worked with just about everyone in Minneapolis, and we’ve saved a few business cards along the way. We can help you with our in-market relationships for everything from venues to media coverage. 5 WE’RE NUMBER GURUS Specifics can make or break a meeting. That’s why we’ve measured every hotel room count, meeting space measurement and economic impact down to the decimal point to provide you with the most accurate figures around. 6 WE’RE VENUE PROS The good part about Minneapolis? We have venues for every situation and size. The tough part? We have A LOT of those venues. Don’t worry, though. We’re here to find the perfect venue that fits all your criteria. 7 WE’RE COORDINATORS Having that eye-in-the-sky viewpoint is critical to a smooth event. We give you that opportunity by allowing ourselves to get in the nitty-gritty of coordinating local transportation, housing and a whole lot more. 8 WE’RE TOUR GUIDES Need an up close and personal look at some potential venues? We’ll take you on site inspections and familiarization tours to help you select the sites you’ll need for your event. 9 WE’RE MARKETERS Finding the venue is one thing. Getting people to fill that venue is a whole other challenge. Luckily, we have an award-winning in-house marketing team that can help you with collateral, ads and anything else you could need. 10 WE’RE HERE FOR YOU Our number one priority is you. The city of Minneapolis contracts Meet Minneapolis to provide all these services for free because we want you to have the best Minneapolis experience possible.
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