Atlanta Expands Convention Portfolio with New Business

Building B, Credit-GWCC
Building B, Credit-GWCC

Atlanta will host five conventions in 2013 that have never met in the city. These meetings will bring more than 55,000 visitors and generate an estimated economic impact of more than $65 million.

Three of those meetings will occur in the second quarter, bringing more than 35,000 attendees to the city. Aviation Week MRO Americas 2013 will run April 16-18, while six international trade associations will partner to host Coverings 2013 April 29 – May 2. The National Brownfields 2013 Conference will visit Atlanta May 15-17.

“Meeting planners see that Atlanta is thriving. In the past three years, we have opened more than $1.5 billion in new development. In the next two years, we will add $1.5 billion more,” said William Pate, president & CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “That momentum has raised our profile and helped expand our convention business.”

Other new bookings for 2013 include Imaging USA, hosted by Professional Photographers of America, which was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in January and boasted the highest number of delegates on show record. The American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2013 will convene in Atlanta in November.

Atlanta’s logistics package with 10,000 hotel rooms, one of the largest convention centers and unrivaled air lift have long been a draw for meeting planners. New development and new dynamics are appealing to meeting planners that haven’t been to the city in a while.

In 2014, Atlanta will open the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the College Football Hall of Fame and Ponce City Market, all within miles of the convention corridor. The Atlanta Streetcar will also open May 2014, giving visitors another option for downtown transportation.

These developments continue to attract the attention of new meetings to the city, and a second look from meeting planners who haven’t considered Atlanta for many years. In 2012, ACVB booked 19 tradeshows for future years. Fourteen of those have never been to Atlanta. Five have not experienced the city since the 1990s.

Celebrating 100 years of hospitality, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.