Missouri Group Travel Exchange

Missouri Group Travel Exchange

April 27-29, 2020  |  Cape Girardeau, MO


Make plans to join your colleagues, and be a part of Missouri Group Travel Exchange, April 27-29 , 2020 at Drury Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. The Exchange will bring group travel planners and tourism representatives together for a networking, educational and business exchange conference.

Discover new tourism destinations, reinforce existing relationships, and gain insight from fellow group travel planners and the tourism industry. The Exchange will consist of two Round Robin/Speed Dating style sessions consisting of 6-minute appointments on April 28 and 29 allowing Planners to meet one-on-one with tourism industry representatives.

Travel Planners will participate in both Exchange sessions. This is an excellent opportunity to get updates and new ideas from tour suppliers.

Any professional group travel planner wishing to learn more about planning and executing group tours and exchanging ideas can apply. All delegates must be engaged in a tour planning or decision making position within their organization. Delegates are expected to participate in the entire conference including taking their own individual set of Marketplace Exchange appointments.


Preliminary Schedule

Monday, April 27, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Travel Planner Registration
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Planner Workshop/Seminar
5:00 p.m.   Planner Dinner and Entertainment

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Planner Roundtable Discussions
9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  City Tour and Lunch (Planners ONLY)
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Appointment Exchange #1  (Planners are seated and will meet one-on-one with suppliers)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Networking Reception and Visiting Sponsor Booths
7:15 p.m.  All Delegates Dinner

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  All Delegates Breakfast
9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Appointment Exchange #2   (Planners are seated and will meet one-on-one with suppliers)
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  All Delegates Closing Luncheon and Door Prizes

Group Travel Planners

Online registration for Travel Planners will open on September 2, 2019.  The fee for registration is $125 per registered planner delegate. Registration fee includes up to a two-night stay at Drury Plaza Hotel and Conference Center and all meals which are part of the program. A special room rate of $104.00 plus tax will be offered to planners wishing to arrive early or stay after the conference. (Based on availability.) Travel costs to and from Cape Girardeau, MO are the responsibility of the delegate.

Want more information?   Check our Frequently Asked Questions.  You can register by mail by completing the registration form that is included in the MO Group Travel Planner brochure.

Travel Industry Suppliers

Online registration and payment for Travel Industry Suppliers will open on September 2, 2019.

Do you have questions or want to know more? Check our Frequently Asked Questions or download the MO Group Travel Exchange Supplier brochure.

Registration fees for Suppliers

$295 for Missouri Travel Council members. Delegates must maintain Missouri Travel Council membership in 2020 to qualify for this special member rate.

$435 for Non-Members.

Click here to register and pay online.

You can also register by mail by completing the registration form that is included in the MO Group Travel Exchange Supplier brochure.

Can’t attend?  For $95, your 8.5 x 11 single page, 2-sided, 3-hole punched profile sheet can be included in the group planners portfolio. Click here to download the profile form.

Lodging Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at Drury Plaza Hotel and Conference Center for conference delegates.  Rooms are $135 plus tax.  A limited number of Main Lodge Guaranteed Location (Two beds for Suppliers/Hoteliers) are available for $135 plus tax based on single or double occupancy. Details regarding how to make room reservations will end soon. Cut off date for reservations is March 27, 2020, or until the block is full. Suppliers are encouraged to make their reservations early.

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. Not sure what sponsorship level is right for your organization? We can customize a sponsorship to align with your brand goals.   A MO Group Travel Exchange Sponsor Information flier and agreement is available for download.

For more questions regarding Missouri Group Travel Exchange, please contact Chuck Martin:  MOGroupTravelExchange@gmail.com or (573) 803-3777.

Mo Group Travel Gives Back

The 2020 Missouri Group Travel Exchange conference will include MO Group Gives Back as a part of the program. MO Group Gives Back is designed to help a worthy but in-need organization in our host community. Additional information as to the 2020 recipient and the suggested wish lists will be posted in early spring of 2020.