• Meet AC Signs Five-Year Contract

     
    POSTED July 29, 2015
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of DO AC

AnimeNEXT—the largest independently organization Japanese anime convention in the New York and New Jersey—just signed a five-year contract to host the event at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

“We are very excited to receive the news that AnimeNEXT has selected and signed a five year contract to meet in Atlantic City at the Atlantic City Convention Center beginning in 2016,” says Jim Wood, president/CEO, Meet AC. “Meet AC is committed to growing a diverse convention business in Atlantic City. The convention industry has a tremendous impact on Atlantic City’s economy as evidenced by the vast impact the 15,000 AnimeNEXT attendees will have on our local hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and casinos each year.”

The event, which has never taken place in Atlantic City, is expected to bring in an estimated annual economic impact of $3 million to the area. The three-day convention features Japanese cartoon and comic creators, voice actors, musical acts, visual artists, vendors and more. It debuted in 2002, and will first take place in Atlantic City in 2016.

"I am thrilled to announce our move to the Atlantic City Convention Center in 2016,” says Eric Torgerson, 2016 chairman, AnimeNEXT “The move will give us greater opportunities to continue to grow our event for years to come. We look forward to bringing anime fans more new programming, great guests and additional space to enjoy our show.”

 

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.