by Sarah J.F. Braley | March 10, 2016

The Meetings Industry Council of Colorado, a coalition of 13 professional organizations related to the meetings industry, is expecting a healthy 1,200 attendees at this year's MIC Convention and Trade Show, taking place March 17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. More than 1,100 came to the show last year; there were 106 booths representing 24 states, Canada and Puerto Rico; 360 meeting planners attended.

The annual event, now in its 16th year, actually begins March 16, with two planner-only education sessions: "Continuing the Conversation 3.0-State of the Industry and Top Trends," led by Michael Dominguez,  senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International; and "Devices Down-Engaging Today's Audiences Differently," led by Shawna Suckow, CMP, founder of the Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN). A full slate of education sessions and opportunties to walk the show floor make up the agenda on March 17. Among the exhibitors this year are the Austin (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Boise (Idaho) Centre, the Boulder (Colo.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Business Events Canada, Fiesta Americana Hotels, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Hotel Monaco Denver, Omni Hotels & Resorts, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Spring, Colo.

The 13 association members of the MIC are the Christian Meetings and Convention Association, the Colorado Society of Association Executives, Visit Denver, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, the International Association for Exhibition & Events, the Colorado Festivals and Events Association, the International Special Events Society, Meeting Professionals International's Rocky Mountain Chapter, the National Association of Catering & Events, the National Speakers Association's Colorado Chapter, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Business Travel Association and the Society of Government Meeting Professionals.

Find out more about the MIC here.