November 16, 2015
Centennial Olympic Park and downtown Atlanta
Centennial Olympic Park and downtown Atlanta

Atlanta’s hospitality development boom over the past decade is catching the interest of meeting planners. Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) attracted 19 new business opportunities for future years during the first three quarters of 2015.

These events are either brand new to the city, or have not convened in Atlanta in more than a decade. The meetings represent more than 355,000 hotel room nights, an estimated 220,000 attendees and more than $290 million in economic impact.  

“Atlanta’s meeting infrastructure has developed beyond Centennial Olympic Park,” said Mark Vaughan, executive vice president and chief sales officer, ACVB. “The city is comprised of four compact meeting districts - Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and the Airport Area - each with hotels at every price point, award-winning dining options, top attractions and flexible venues for meetings of any size.”

Bookings include:

  • International Exposition Company will host its annual International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in Atlanta in 2019. The AHR Expo is expected to bring an estimated 50,000 attendees.
  • Varsity Spirit Corporation will bring the annual One Up Championships to Atlanta in 2016 and 2017. The championships are expected to bring an estimated 22,000 attendees each.
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will bring the ASM Microbe conference to Atlanta in 2018. ASM Microbe is expected to bring an estimated 20,000 attendees.

Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.