Finding a venue is one of the first decisions a meeting planner makes. Its size and location can make a big impact on meeting attendance. The Sheraton Tysons Hotel—managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts—located outside of Washington, DC, is helping planners choose by offering a package for planners booking through 2020.
For the next two years, Meeting Professionals International will provide meeting management services for the Southeast Education Conference. MPI is responsible for managing and developing the overall program for the 2017 and 2018 conference, which is hosted by SEC's four Florida chapters – Tampa Bay Area, Greater Orlando, North Florida and South Florida – known as TONS.
Philadelphia is solidfying itself as a major player to host events, booking the world’s largest trade association in 2019.
Industry Organization (BIO), which represents biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations around the world. The convention is the largest, biotech meeting in the world; the event also took place in Philly this past June.
The association hosts this event yearly for members to network with fellow industry professionals and further themselves in their education-based knowledge through more than 300 seminars, workshops and programs.
The 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee partnered with the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board to accommodate more than 35,000 expected participants. This partnership will help ensure a positive delegate experience and make sure they have a number of options to meet their needs during the event.
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia will undergo a complete transformation later this year.
Architect and interior designer Wimberly Interiors is leading the project for the Avenue of the Arts-located hotel. Renovations include new guest rooms and meeting spaces a refreshed lobby experience and public spaces, and a new restaurant, bar and lounge. The project is slated begin this month and finish in spring 2016.
The Police Security Expo will remain in Atlantic City Convention Center for the next three years.
Also known as the Industry SuperShow, the expo features the latest products, services and technological within the industry. Items range from flashlights to uniforms, transport vehicles, forcible entry tools, weapons, crime scene investigation aids, wireless services and digital cameras. It has been held in Atlantic City since 1987.
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.
A packed summer convention calendar likely resulted in a huge boon for Center City hotels, which saw record hotel occupancy in June.
Overall occupancy peaked at 89.4 percent—the highest monthly occupancy on record. The average daily rate also broke a record, witnessing $212.95, the highest since October 2014. The Government Finance Officers Association, the Biotechnology Industrial Organization convention and the International Society for Technology in Education convention helped grow midweek occupancy.