• Atlantic City Selected As 2016 WEC Destination

     
    POSTED May 4, 2015
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of DO AC

Meeting Professionals International announced today that it has selected Atlantic City, N.J., as its destination for the 2016 World Education Congress.

“We look forward to hosting our World Education Congress in Atlantic City next year,” says Paul Van Deventer, president/CEO, MPI. “When selecting venues for MPI events, we look for destinations that provide great infrastructure, world-class facilities and memorable experiences. Having grown up spending my summers on the Jersey shore, I am excited for the opportunity to showcase this unique and beautiful destination to our community.”

The conference, taking place June 11–14, 2016, will be held at Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center—a Caesars Entertainment property and the newest and largest hotel-conference center complex in the area stretching from Baltimore to Boston.

Held annually, WEC is the organization’s signature event through which it provides education, business and networking opportunities. Each year, more than 2,000 industry members, including corporate, third-party and association planners, suppliers, students, faculty and more. 2016 will mark the first time MPI has hosted its event in the state of New Jersey.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Caesars Entertainment in hosting MPI’s 2016 WEC.,” says Jim Wood, president/CEO, Meet AC. “This is a strategic direction for Meet AC and for Atlantic City as we continue to diversify our mix of business. Showcasing Atlantic City to over 1,000 meeting planners and over 2,000 total attendees will definitely help us grow the meetings and conventions market.”

In selecting a location for WEC, MPI follows a competitive request for proposal process, which considers factors such as location benefits, meeting venue facilities, pricing, hotel offerings, destination accessibility, unique options and local support.

“We are extremely honored to welcome Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress to Atlantic City and the Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center next June. Cities all across North America vie for the chance each year to welcome WEC to their city, and MPI chose Atlantic City,” says Michael Massari, senior vice president, Caesars Entertainment National Meetings and Events, Atlantic City, N.J. “This decision validates Atlantic City as a serious contender as a meetings destination for meeting planners across the country. Caesars Entertainment has a long and treasured partnership with MPI, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome MPI’s members to Atlantic City and to Harrah’s next summer.”

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.