• 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.”

 

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

Hotel News

Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.