by Loren G. Edelstein | April 16, 2014
Northstar Travel Media, parent company of Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, and many other leading travel and meetings industry brands, has acquired Mountain Travel Symposium, the annual conference for mountain destination travel professionals. MTS, which concludes its 2014 show today in Breckenridge, Colo., focuses on mountain regions globally and the changing trends in marketing, distribution and technology. The seven-day event provides travel industry executives the opportunity to meet one-to-one at targeted exchange sessions and networking functions. It is the largest and longest-running annual gathering of travel professionals promoting business connections for mountain destinations across the globe. Representatives from mountain resort businesses have gathered at MTS each spring for almost 40 years.
"The addition of Mountain Travel Symposium is an exciting opportunity for our company," said Thomas Kemp, chairman and CEO of Northstar Travel Media. "We have been rapidly growing our portfolio of high-quality face-to-face events serving the global travel industry. The addition of MTS, following our recent acquisition of Asia-based Web in Travel, strengthens our commitment to serving our core markets with unique and informative events."
As part of the transaction, Northstar has entered into a management services agreement with Michael J. Pierson Inc. to produce the Mountain Travel Symposium in 2015 and 2016. Pierson, president of the event management company, commented, "Mountain Travel Symposium was just a small event when it launched. The growth of the event has been extraordinary, and with Northstar's resources behind us, I'm confident that growth will continue."
The 2015 event will be held in April at the Fairmont in Whistler, British Columbia.
Northstar Travel Media, LLC, is the leading provider of news, information and data for the travel, meetings and hospitality industries and parent of brands including Travel Weekly, Business Travel News, PhoCusWright and Meetings & Conventions. Northstar produces more than 40 face-to-face events each year, including The PhoCusWright Conference, M&C Interact, Successful Meetings Universities and The Beat Live.