• Three Events Hitting AC This Week

     
    POSTED March 10, 2015
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of DO AC

It’s a busy week ahead as the Atlantic City Convention Center ramps up to welcome more than 13,000 attendees for three events throughout the week.

More than 1,500 mortgage bankers and others interested will be attending the 2015 Annual Regional Conference, Mortgage Bankers Association of New Jersey, which started yesterday and will go through March 12.

Two trade shows are also hitting the city this week: the 2015 Imprinted Sportswear Show—a show dedicated to the decorated apparel industry—and the 2015 EXPO EAST—the biggest promotional products show on the East Coast. For the first time in the shows’ history, they will be combining their two floors to create a collective event. An audience of 12,000 qualified promotional product buyers will be in attendance from March 12 through March 15.  

The three events combined are expected to generate significant revenue for Atlantic City’s local businesses. The economic impact is estimated to be more than $9 million, and the number of hotel rooms the convention center visitors will be occupying is approximately 5,838.

 

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.”