The Police Security Expo will remain in Atlantic City Convention Center for the next three years.

Also known as the Industry SuperShow, the expo features the latest products, services and technological within the industry. Items range from flashlights to uniforms, transport vehicles, forcible entry tools, weapons, crime scene investigation aids, wireless services and digital cameras. It has been held in Atlantic City since 1987.

“Meet AC is thrilled that the Police Security Expo has elected to remain with us here in Atlantic City through 2018,” says Jim Wood, president/CEO, Meet AC. “The convention industry has a tremendous impact on Atlantic City’s economy as evidenced by the tremendous impact the Police Security Expo will have on our local hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and casinos each year.”

More than 6,500 attendees visit the city during the expo annually bringing in more than 3,000 rooms. The estimated economic impact is expected to be more than $4.2 million annually

“We are delighted to remain in Atlantic City through 2018. We are very pleased by the overall professionalism of the Meet AC team and Atlantic City Convention Center staff while they have been amazing partners in our convention planning process,” says Miles Watkins, coordinator for the Police Security Expo. “Since one quarter of the nation’s largest population base resides within 300 miles of Atlantic City, this premier destination is the perfect location for attracting industry professionals charged with the responsibility of securing their communities and businesses, while protecting themselves on the job.”

 

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.