The National Association of Television Program Executives is moving its 2023 Marketplace and Conference to The Bahamas, the trade group announced Tuesday.
The flagship event, which has been held in Miami Beach, Florida, since 2011, will run from January 17-19 at the Baha Mar Resort and Convention Center in Nassau.
“After many months of research and discussions with our partners we have greenlit the move to this bold new destination," said JP Bommel, president and CEO of NATPE, in a statement. "Our aim is to ensure that we provide added value and new revenue opportunities to attendees across the content ecosystem. With hundreds of new exhibition and activation options and over forty restaurants and entertainment venues across three hotels, Baha Mar is perfect for both business meetings and the networking that has made NATPE an industry staple for decades."
NATPE canceled this year's conference amid a nationwide surge in COVID infections less than a month before it was scheduled to take place in person at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel and resort. At the time, Bommel said that even though the decision would "cost the organization a great deal of money, that was secondary to our primary concern, which is to put the welfare of our members first." Earlier, the conference and marketplace event was held in Las Vegas, New Orleans and San Francisco.
The 2023 program, under the theme "Content, Networking and Monetization," will feature leadership sessions and networking meetings with industry executives across production, distribution, marketing, advertising, finance and data. The event additionally includes an awards program and a marketplace for buying and selling TV content.
NATPE's international conference is currently underway in Budapest, running from June 27-30. ■
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