• Major Association Conference to be Held in Bloomington in 2023

    POSTED July 8, 2022

The Bloomington, Minnesota Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) announced plans to host next year’s National Education Conference (NEC) in Bloomington from June 2-8, 2023. Some 350-400 government meeting planners will attend the conference, which will take place at Radisson Blu Mall of America. The news was announced during the 2022 conference in Pittsburgh, Penn.

SGMP’s membership consists of nearly 2,000 government planners and suppliers and is divided up into 19 chapters across the country, including Minnesota’s Northern Lights chapter. The organization provides training, development, and networking opportunities to members throughout the year, especially at the signature NEC event. Plans for NEC include the Certification of Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) course and exam, annual Sam Gilmer Awards Dinner, and educational sessions for government meeting professionals.

NEC attendees will stay at Radisson Blu Mall of America, connected to Mall of America by skyway. Mall of America’s 520-plus stores, 50-plus restaurants, and over a dozen attractions are big draws for visitors to Bloomington, along with the destination’s light rail connection to downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul, central location, and 40-plus hotels. Bloomington’s many parks and nature areas are especially popular during the warm summer months, with activities including hiking, biking, fishing, water sports, and more.

Radisson Blu Mall of America and Bloomington’s other hotel properties cater to the government meetings market with a per diem rate of $148. Government meetings are essential for connecting public sector professionals, making their organizations more effective in partnering with the private sector, and increasing governmental efficiency.


Some 35,000 people of Native American heritage call the Twin Cities home, and sites across the area have indigenous cultural roots.

Since winning the 2022 James Beard Best New Restaurant in the nation, Owamni by the Sioux Chef in Minneapolis has brought Native American cuisine to the forefront of fine dining in the eyes of foodies. It is one of many indigenous businesses in the Twin Cities. 


Explore Minnesota Tourism is accepting nominations for the agency’s tourism awards through Jan. 10, 2023. The awards honor people, marketing campaigns, and other initiatives that promote Minnesota as a destination.

To be considered for an award, a form must be submitted for each nomination. Explore Minnesota Tourism requests specific details about each nomination, i.e., goals, results, return on investment figures, accomplishments, etc. Supporting documents and creative elements help the Explore Minnesota Awards Committee score each submission.


Readers of Condé Nast Traveler chose the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America as the 28th best hotel in the world and the top hotel in the Midwest.

Since it opened in November 2015, the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America has set a new standard for luxury. Now, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler have chosen the hotel as the 28th best in the world and the top hotel in the Midwest in the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.