• 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.”

October is the month of fall color viewing, pumpkin picking, and pizza. Yes, October is National Pizza Month, and if you’re looking to commemorate the occasion, head to New Jersey.

Others may disagree—let’s make that, others will certainly disagree—but last year Food & Wine Magazine named New Jersey the best pizza state in America, followed by Connecticut and New York in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Pennsylvania landed in seventh place and Massachusetts nabbed 10th place. 

 

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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