Nation's longest-running series of trade shows for meeting planners to be held in the vibrant Bay Area city of Oakland

Meetings Quest, the nation's longest-running series of educational and networking events for association, corporate, government and religious meeting planners, has partnered with Visit Oakland and will be held July 2223 at theOaklandConvention Center and at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

"Through our multiyear sponsorship with Meetings Quest, we look forward to providing meeting planners with a dynamic opportunity to advance their industry knowledge and strengthen their professional connections," saidAlison Best, president and CEO of Visit Oakland. "As Oakland continues to receive accolades for its diversity, quality of life and its role as an incubator of innovation, I'm confident that Meetings Quest attendees will find that the city has much to offer."

With its temperate climate, convenient location and wide selection of venues,Oaklandis the perfect place for meetings and events. The Oakland Marriott City Center, which is directly connected to the renovatedOaklandConvention Center, offers 489 guest rooms. Together, the two venues provide 89,000 square feet of meeting space. The city is home to three professional sports teams, 108,000 acres of scenic parks and trails, and Lake Merritt, a 3.1-mile urban lake located in the heart of downtown. Other notable attractions inOaklandinclude Chinatown, the Oakland Museum ofCaliforniaand waterfront activities in Jack London Square. Visitors will find a variety of entertainment offerings, including thriving art studios and galleries, an emerging culinary scene and exciting nightlife.

"We have no doubt that Meetings Quest inOaklandwill provide both meeting planners and exhibitors with a unique experience, which is what we aim to achieve with every Meetings Quest," saidTimothy Schneider, president and CEO of Schneider Publishing Company, which publishesAssociation Newsand organizes Meetings Quest. "Providing a one-of-a-kind experiential learning opportunity is what sets Meetings Quest apart."

Upcoming Meetings Quest shows will also be held inProvidence, Rhode Island, andBloomington, Minnesota. For further information on exhibiting or to register, visitMeetingsQuest.comor call (877) 577-3700. To watch the Meetings Quest video overview,click here.

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