• 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.”

If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Last November, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a comprehensive $450 million “Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” recovery package to support New York’s hard-hit tourism sector. Part of that package is a $25 million “Meet in New York” grant program that focuses on venues and events that generate and support business-related travel. “This holistic approach to visitation recognizes the spending habits of business and convention travelers for overnight stays, food, and activities,” the governor’s press office noted.

 

After having closed its doors in November 2019 for an extensive renovation, The Pridwin Hotel & Cottages on Shelter Island, New York, is accepting reservations beginning July 15. The 49-room luxury property, which dates to 1927, will be reopening under the ownership of a collaboration between Cape Resorts, a hospitality investment and management company specializing in adaptive reuse and historical preservation of resort properties, and the Petry family, who has owned and operated the resort since 1961.