reports that Atlantic city is closing out a successful 2021 convention season, welcoming three events during December. The  Action Expo has returned to the Atlantic City Convention Center for its 18th successful year of bringing together top manufacturers, retailers, reps, gurus and groms in action sports and youth culture For the 2021 trade show, Action Expo is gathering over 300 action sports brands and approximately 600 retail buyers and decision makers. Also returning is the Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo,

 the largest real estate convention and trade show in the United States. Organized by the New Jersey Association of Realtors, the event offers over 100 educational sessions and 50 speakers.


Lastly, Atlantic City is welcoming INTER[action] 2021. The annual global, multi-hub hybrid experience is a newcomer to Atlantic City and an important one, with 450 participants convening for three days of networking, meetings and exploration of the destination.


“Since the return of meetings and conventions,” says Larry Sieg, Meet AC’s president and CEO, “we have seen increased attendance and boosted economic impact for the destination, while attendees are happily reconnecting and conducting business in person. As we continue safe, in-person events, we are eager to continue an eventful 2022 convention season.”


Atlantic City expects to welcome more than 9,255 attendees for all events. Local Atlantic City businesses will be positively impacted by the activity throughout the destination, as the estimated economic impact will reach over $7 million. In addition, more than 6,585 hotel rooms have been contracted for these events. 

Whether for business or leisure, this is a good time to visit New York. NYC & Companythe city’s official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau, has launched its first-ever NYC Hotel Week, offering a 22% discount off the standard room rate at more than 110 of the City’s finest hotels across all five boroughs. NYC Hotel Week, presented by preferred payment partner Mastercard, will run from January 4 through February 13 and reservations can be made at


“Welcome Back, Providence” is the straightforward tagline for a campaign that’s been launched by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau to boost leisure and business travel. The campaign has some breaking news to share, including the return of Providence Restaurant Weeks from January 9-22, with more than 45 restaurants participating, and the return of ice bumper cars to BankNewport City Center, which is both a terrific family activity and a novel spin on teambuilding. Providence is one of only three cities in the country to offer bumper cars that operate on ice. 


Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I stayed with friends in Washington, D.C., and decided to make a trip to nearby Alexandria. (Just 20 minutes by car.)  I’d long heard about the charms of this historic city, which was named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living.