Educational meetings are finding success in Atlanta. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) celebrated a record-breaking number of attendee registrants for their annual Conference and Expo, held June 28-July 1 at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC). ISTE 2014 drew 16,039 registered attendees which represented a 2,500 increase in registrants over their previous record.
ISTE will return to Atlanta for their 2022 meeting alongside an increasing number of educational meetings and events. Over the past nine months, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) has booked 90 educational groups for future years.
In recent years, educational meetings represented approximately eight percent of total business booked by ACVB. This percentage is expected to grow to 14 percent in the next two years alone, making education the second largest industry segment in 2016.
“Metro Atlanta is an intellectual hub with a vibrant community of educators and innovators,” said William Pate, president and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Atlanta’s large concentration of academic, technical and cultural institutions, ease of access, and overall affordability make our city a natural choice for educational meetings and conventions.”
Recent bookings include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) which will bring their 71st Annual Conference & Exhibits to Atlanta for the first time in 2016. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which last held a meeting in Atlanta in 2012, will return in 2017. The following year, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will loop back to Atlanta for its annual conference and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) will return to the city for the third time.
More than 80 percent of the U.S. population is within a two hour direct flight of the city. Atlanta is also easy to reach via car – many southeastern colleges and universities are within a four-hour drive of the city. The MARTA transit system is group-friendly and offers direct access to convention centers and the downtown convention district. Competitive hotel rates give education meeting planners a wide variety of affordable lodging options, and extensive options for student groups also make Atlanta an attractive destination.