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MPI and DMAI Collaborate on Planning Tool

To help its members and non-members source locations for meetings and events, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has incorporated the Destination Finder tool, powered by Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI), into its website.

Through the portal, meeting professionals can quickly research and compare destinations as well connect to contacts at convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) representing destinations, hotels and convention facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“MPI strives to help our members be more successful in their careers and to enhance the value that they provide to their customers,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “Destination Finder, powered by, is a great example of the type of value-added resource that MPI members have access to.”’s Destination Finder offers extensive information on destinations and CVBs, including details on meeting facilities, CVB services, news, promotions and maps of hotels and venues. Meeting planners can also use it to submit questions directly to CVB sales professionals, and send specific meeting requests and RFPs to one or multiple destinations.

The tool’s latest features include professionally curated news feed from each destination incorporated directly onto their profile page. The feeds keep meeting planners informed about renovations, new hotel or facilities development, and other offerings relevant to meeting planning.

“Destination sales professionals have had a long history of working with planners to find the right fit for any size meeting. The sales professionals’ unique position as a free resource with unparalleled local expertise, is a tremendous asset for any planner,” said Michael Gehrisch, president and CEO, DMAI. “The newly launched Destination Finder on MPI’s website is just one way of making that expertise widely available and integral to the success of meeting professionals worldwide.”

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