If you’re anywhere near San Francisco on January 13, you might want to take advantage of “Meeting Essentials: A One-Day Conference and Exhibition.” Developed by Arnie Roberts (pictured here), founder and president of Smart-Reg International, a leader in the emerging registration technologies for the trade show and meeting industry, the conference, which is free to qualified meeting and event professionals, will take place at South San Francisco Conference Center. 

Speakers will address topics that include “Hybrid Events Are Not Going Away: What’s Working and What’s Not,” how simultaneous live podcasts can help your event live on, hosting your next event on a cruise ship, and exploring the latest meeting technology.

“With ‘live’ events now coming back from the challenges of the past 20 months,” says Roberts about his inspiration for the conference, “I noted there was a void in this market for meeting professionals to engage with their suppliers early on as they plan their events for the entire year. At the same time venues of all kinds, transport companies, technology solution and registration providers, caterers, and others - the Essentials – need to fill their pipelines with new leads. Add a conference/education element, put it all in one day and save time for everyone—that was the right mix.”

For more information, and to register, visit meeting-essentials.com.


Mark your 2022 calendar for two key MPI Southern California Chapter gatherings. On January 13, the annual “State of the Industry” event will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Michael Dominguez, president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International will be the keynote speaker, discussing where we are headed, how to navigate the challenges associated with resuming in-person events and how to move our industry, and our role as event professionals, forward. Following the presentation, MPISCC’s Office of the President will host a 30-minute town hall.


There are lots of worthy events taking place in California during this holiday season. We’d like to give a shout out to one of our favorites: Pawlidays with Sofitel LA and Wagmor Pets Dog Rescue, taking place in the hotel lobby from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, December 18.


Temperatures may still be in the seventies in Southern California, but Santa’s on his way and holiday cheer is everywhere. Here’s how some of our favorite venues and destinations are celebrating.