• Meet AC Signs Five-Year Contract

     
    POSTED July 29, 2015
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of DO AC

AnimeNEXT—the largest independently organization Japanese anime convention in the New York and New Jersey—just signed a five-year contract to host the event at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

“We are very excited to receive the news that AnimeNEXT has selected and signed a five year contract to meet in Atlantic City at the Atlantic City Convention Center beginning in 2016,” says Jim Wood, president/CEO, Meet AC. “Meet AC is committed to growing a diverse convention business in Atlantic City. The convention industry has a tremendous impact on Atlantic City’s economy as evidenced by the vast impact the 15,000 AnimeNEXT attendees will have on our local hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and casinos each year.”

The event, which has never taken place in Atlantic City, is expected to bring in an estimated annual economic impact of $3 million to the area. The three-day convention features Japanese cartoon and comic creators, voice actors, musical acts, visual artists, vendors and more. It debuted in 2002, and will first take place in Atlantic City in 2016.

"I am thrilled to announce our move to the Atlantic City Convention Center in 2016,” says Eric Torgerson, 2016 chairman, AnimeNEXT “The move will give us greater opportunities to continue to grow our event for years to come. We look forward to bringing anime fans more new programming, great guests and additional space to enjoy our show.”

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”