• 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.”

After several months of renovations, the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is now open as the Alloy – King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

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.