June 30, 2004

Meeting Professionals International opened a new online community last week called MPI MIX (Meeting Industry eXchange). The new area, online at, offers industry news and information, discussion boards, networking opportunities and online polls, all available exclusively to MPI members.

Final attendance figures have come in for the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International's Affordable Meetings West, held June 9-10 in Long Beach, Calif. There were 305 exhibitor booths, up 8 percent from last year's show, and a new record for the California meeting. Planner attendance was down to 620 from 717 last year. For June 15 to 16, 2005, the event returns to San Jose, Calif., where it had been since the show's founding in 1996.