• Teachers Head to Atlantic City

     
    POSTED November 5, 2015
     

Today and tomorrow, the Atlantic City Convention Center is welcoming more than 45,000 teachers and educational professionals for the 2015 New Jersey Education Association Convention.

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.

“Our New Jersey Teachers are back! The NJEA event continues to make a direct impact on the Atlantic City economy, as the restaurants and shops are filled with teachers in between their sessions.” Says Karen Totaro, general manager, Comcast Spectator at the Atlantic City Convention Center. “We love having them in town, and it is the largest actual convention we host on an annual bases, which is great for business.”

Local business are expected to greatly benefit from the convention with an estimated attendee spending of more than $16 million. More than 2,000 hotel room nights have been contracted for visitors throughout the week. The event boasts the largest attendance of the year of all events hosted at the convention center.

“The New Jersey Education Association has been one of the biggest supporters and dedicated clients of Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Convention Center throughout the years,” says Jim Wood, president/CEO, Meet AC. “With 45,000 attendees, the local business thrive off of their event every year, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with NJEA in the future.”

Event design veteran and florist David C. McKnight mixes elegance with fun.

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Hotel business travel revenue will be down in 2022.

While the hospitality industry is beginning to rebound as the pandemic seems to wane, hotel business travel is still taking time to recover. (See also Infographic on page 38.) According to a report issued by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), leisure travel is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels this year. However, the 2022 report projects that hotel business travel revenue will be down 23% from 2019, which equates to a $20-billion decrease.

 

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