• Atlantic City Is Taking Meetings 'To the Next Level'

     
    POSTED December 15, 2015
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of DO AC

Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission had a fantastic year in 2015.

Just some of their accomplishments include booking two major industry shows—Meetings Professionals International and TEAMS, both who will host their 2016 events in Atlantic City.

“I am very pleased with the accomplishments that Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission have achieved in a short amount of time,” says Jim Wood, president/CEO, Meet AC. “The meeting and convention industry is vital and helps support the overall tourism industry in Atlantic City.”

In 2015, future hotel room night bookings are projected to be up 34 percent from last year; in just two years hotel room night bookings have doubled.

Future convention delegate spending is up 31 percent from 2014 and projected delegate spending is up 70 percent over the past two years. The total Meet AC projected production year end will consist of 228,986 room nights and delegate spending will reach up to $185,639,748. In addition, for every $1 of luxury tax Meet AC invested in 2015, it’s returning $23 back to our local economy.

“While serving as chairman of Meet AC, I am pleased with the growth and progress the Meet AC team has attained,” says Jeff Albrecht, general manager, Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel and Meet AC chairman. “Atlantic City is taking meetings and conventions to the next level.”

 

Results from the Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) 2022 Incentive Travel Destination Preferences & Their Impact on Motivation confirmed that interest in incentive travel as a motivating sales reward is at an all-time high. 91% of 405 survey respondents described group incentive travel as extremely or very motivating compared to 80% last year. Individual incentive travel was rated even higher as a motivational award at 96% versus 84% last year. 

 

Everybody loves to talk about welcoming change. Then change happens, and whew, it’s tough. After the past few years, meetings and events professionals certainly appreciate that feeling, but they’re also feeling energized by so many new ways for attendees to gather. 

 

The corporate world spends an estimated $242 billion on gifts for employees and customers, according to Forbes. Wouldn’t it be rewarding if the purchasing and giving of these types of gifts offered meaningful work for veterans, women, and their children?