July 14-16, 2019
Denver, Colorado
Destination West is the premier hosted-buyer event for qualified meetings and incentive professionals sourcing programs in the West. Formerly Discover Colorado, Destination West will also include other destinations and hotels in the Western U.S.
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About Destination West

The 2nd Annual Destination West—Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event—enables attendees to experience firsthand the most desirable destinations, hotels and activities for successful meetings, while making invaluable business connections. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.


Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers who will provide targeted education specific to your needs as a meeting and incentive planner.


Connect with premier suppliers from the Western U.S. during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.


All qualified buyers will be fully hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, including airfare, accommodation, meals and planned activities.


Tom Boucher

Tom Boucher is a vice president in the Velocity B2B unit of CashStar. He brings 14 years of retail gift card experience and over 25 total years of retail experience. Most recently, Tom had full gift card program oversight while with Best Buy, building and managing Best Buy’s highly successful B2B gift card program.

Rhonda Brewer

Rhonda Brewer is the Vice President of Sales at BCD Meetings and Events. She brings more than 30 years of MICE experience including, project management, operations, business development, industry relations, strategy, communications, administration, business solutions, creative services, sales, marketing and leadership. 

Shelly Colla

Shelly Colla, National Sales Manager, Premium Incentive Group, Sony Electronics Inc. Shelly has worked with Sony Electronics for over 20 years and managed the U.S. Premium Incentive Group. With Customer Relationship Management as her core skill, she has built valuable relationships across the industry and she has served as a longtime member of the Incentive Marketing Association.

Rorke Denver
Commander, U.S. Navy SEALs

Commander Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He starred in the film "Act of Valor," which is based on true SEAL adventures. His New York Times bestseller, "Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior," takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL-training program he now oversees. In his second book, "Worth Dying For: A Navy SEALs Call to a Nation," which was released in April 2016, Denver tackles the questions that have emerged about America’s past decade at war -- from what makes a hero to why we fight and what it does to us. Up next, Rorke will be part of FOX’s "American Grit," which follows 16 of the country’s toughest men and women as they face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges set in the wilderness. Denver is an honor graduate of the United States Army Ranger School and holds a BA from Syracuse University, where he was an All-American lacrosse player and captain of the varsity lacrosse team. He earned a master’s in global business leadership from the University of San Diego.

Jonathan T. Howe
Howe & Hutton Ltd.

Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., is president and senior and founding partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd., headquartered in Chicago. The longtime legal expert and columnist for Meetings & Conventions, he has written hundreds of articles and papers on hospitality and meetings, and has spoken to organizations all over the world. He is also general counsel to Meeting Professionals International, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the International Live Events Association, as well as the special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel. Howe was named the inaugural recipient of the Hospitality Industry Attorneys of the Year by the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. As an adjunct professor, he has taught courses in association management and hospitality industry law at Roosevelt and DePaul Universities.


Please check back for the updated speakers list


Sunday, July 14
3:00pm – 5:30pm
Registration & Supplier Set-up
Ballroom Foyer
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Planners: Site Tour of JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek
Meet in Ballroom Foyer
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Welcome Reception
Hosted by Visit Denver


Monday, July 15

7:30am – 8:00am
Hosted by JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek and Destination Colorado
Fireside + Patio
8:00am – 9:15am
Educational Session
Sponsored by Destination Colorado
Speaker brought to you by Goodman Speakers
Fireside + Patio
9:30am – 12:15pm
One-on-One Appointments
Grand Ballroom



Transportation to Lunch

Meet in Hotel Lobby
12:45pm – 2:15pm


Halcyon Hotel
2:30pm – 5:00pm
Activities Downtown or Free-Time
Transportation to Evening Reception
Meet in Hotel Lobby
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Dinner Reception
Hosted by Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Peaks Lounge
Tuesday, July 16
7:30am – 8:00am
Fireside + Patio
8:00am – 9:15am


Fireside + Patio
9:30am – 12:15pm

One-on-One Appointments

Grand Ballroom
Transportation to Lunch
12:45pm – 2:00pm

Closing Lunch & Site Tour

Jacquard Denver Cherry Creek
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Exhibitor Breakdown
Grand Ballroom

Hosted Buyers



Those who are selected to attend will participate in:
  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with key suppliers from the Western U.S.
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Opening reception, great meals, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Denver's Cherry Creek area as a premier meetings and incentive destination

To learn more, please contact Dana Kallman at dkallman@ntmllc.com.


Supplier Info/Exhibitors





  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • All networking events and activities



  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Full-page ad package
  • All networking events and activities



  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Half-page ad package
  • All networking events and activities

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Amanda Blanar Kelly at akelly@ntmllc.com


2019 Exhibitors

Aspen Chamber Resort Association

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Boise Centre

Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau

Breckenridge Tourism Office

Caesars Entertainment

Denver Hyatts

Destination Missoula

Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa 

Discover Coronado

Destination Colorado

Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Estes Park Event Complex

Explore Utah Valley

Folktale Winery & Vineyards

Garden of the Gods Resort & Club

Goodman Speakers

Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greater Palm Springs CVB

Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek

Hotel Talisa, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail

JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek

Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau

Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

M Resort Spa Casino

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Conference Center

Presidential Worldwide Transportation

Realize Colorado, a Global DMC Partner

Salmon Falls Resort

San Diego Tourism Authority

South San Francisco Conference Center

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

The Broadmoor

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Jacquard

The Wigwam

Travel Juneau

Tropicana Las Vegas

Visit Aurora

Visit Carlsbad

Visit Cheyenne

Visit Colorado Springs

Visit Corvallis

Visit Denver

Visit Estes Park

Visit Newport Beach

Visit Ogden

Visit Oxnard

Visit Park City & Hyatt Place Park City

Visit Santa Barbara

Visit Vail Valley

Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau

Westgate Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Winter Park Resort

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Visit Park City

Las Vegas CVA

South San Francisco Conference Center

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Visit Fort Worth

Fredericksburg CVB

Host Global (TX, LV)

Boise Centre

Visit Oakland

Daytona CVB

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Visit Alexandria

Visit San Antonio

St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach

Sonoma County Tourism

Wigwam Resort

2018 IPEC Exhibitors


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Awesome Alpharetta CVB

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Boise Centre

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Caesars Entertainment

Charleston CVB

Daytona Beach Area CVB

Discover Newport RI

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Eldorado Resorts (Silver Legacy)

Florida Keys & Key West

Fredericksburg CVB

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Goodman Speakers Bureau

Grand Sierra Resort

Grandover Resort

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Greater Palm Springs CVB

Greater Portland Maine

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Inns of Aurora

KLC Ireland

Las Vegas CVA

Louisville CVB

M Resort

Marriott Hawaii

Meadowlands Liberty CVB

Meet Atlantic City

MEET Hawaii

Melia Hotels International / Paradisus Los Cabos

Memphis CVB

MGM National Harbor

Mohegan Sun

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Naples Grande

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Ocean Center

Ocean Properties

Palms Casino Resort

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Plaza Hotel & Casino

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reno Tahoe

Resorts Casino Hotel - Atlantic City

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

San Diego Tourism Authority

San Mateo County CVB

Savannah Convention Center

Seagate Hotel & Spa

South Point Hotel & Casino

South San Francisco Conference Center

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Iroquois NY

The Modern Honolulu

The National Conference Center / Visit Loudoun

Travel Juneau

Tropicana Las Vegas - A DoubleTree by Hilton

Vail Resorts

Velas resorts

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Visit Alexandria

Visit Berkeley

Visit Denver

Visit Houston

Visit Oakland

Visit Raleigh

Visit Savannah

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Visit Vail Valley

Westgate Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Click below to see the 2018 list


Luxury Urban Retreat

Experience stylish comfort at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. This AAA Four-Diamond hotel is nestled in the prestigious shopping & dining neighborhood of Cherry Creek.

The JW Marriott Cherry Creek's chic design gives a nod to the Rocky Mountain lifestyle with all the added comfort that JW Marriott hotels offer. With fabulous fire pits and gorgeous event space, guests feel welcome and free to be themselves at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek.

Everything is done with care and precision at our JW Marriott Hotel. That includes little touches that add up to exceptional experiences, even though they may go unnoticed. And that's the whole point!

JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek
150 Clayton Lane 
Denver, CO 80206

Hotel Website

Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

Suppliers: You will receive information as the event approaches to book your accommodations.


Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

  • CBS International
  • Corporate Booking Services 
  • EHRS 
  • Exhibition Housing Services 
  • Global Housing Corporation 
  • World Wide Travel 


Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group. 


"This was the best Destination West yet.  The planners were qualified and most came to do business."

—Kathy Reak, Colorado Springs Convention & VIsitors Bureau

"Destination West provided a great networking and learning experience for experienced meeting planners and suppliers! We experienced new hotels and the quality of the events and venues were excellent!"

—Douglas Lennig, Conference Direct

"It was a great show overall; had quality time planners and also good to connect with other suppliers."

—Sophia Chan, Visit Denver



Buyers Contact:

Dana Kallman
Manager of Buyer Development


Suppliers Contact:

Amanda Blanar Kelly
Sales & Client Services Manager

Event Logistics Contact:

Angela Cox
Group Director, Meetings & Events

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