The MPIF said the unprecedented move follows a lengthy renegotiation process it had initiated among three cities in order to secure rate and space concessions during a challenging period for hotels, while at the same time laying the foundation for anticipated growth in conference attendance as the PM industry recovers from the economic downturn.

The 2011 conference will be held at the San Francisco Marriott, site of the 1992 PM World Congress. The Sheraton Chicago will now instead host the 2013 conference in June of that year and, in between, the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville remains the site of the 2012 conference. The MPIF is currently finalising agreement to bring the 2014 PM World Congress to Orlando.
“These unusual moves represent an extraordinary deal for MPIF, its members, and for the hotels involved,” said MPIF executive director/CEO Jim Trombino. “The appeal of ‘America’s Favourite City’ in 2011 should contribute immeasurably to rebuilding our annual conference attendance numbers to their higher historical levels.”