McCormick Place Sees a Busy First Quarter

CHICAGO, IL — From March 5-7, ASM Global-managed McCormick Place welcomed back The Inspired Home Show (IHA), which was the first show to cancel at McCormick Place in March 2020 due to COVID-19. The show attracted 60,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors with an economic impact of $77 million prior to the pandemic and is expected to be the largest tradeshow held […]

NEW Industry Recognition: F&D SAFE SITES

Facilities & Destinations introduces a new designation for cities and convention centers: F&D SAFE SITES. Voted on by readers, these destinations and venues are going the extra mile to ensure that visiting groups are as protected as possible from COVID-19 contagion. Criteria for cities includes: • Citywide COVID safety programs • CVB safe meeting support services • Safety […]

Summer and Fall Tourism Rebounds in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY — Louisville Tourism reports that the city’s tourism economy has been gradually recovering over the past summer travel season. The city experienced a fairly steady summer tourism season with average hotel occupancy rate on summer weekends (Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend) hitting 69.4 percent — with a peak of 86.9 percent the weekend […]

Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Debuts with First Major Convention Post-Pandemic

LAS VEGAS, NV — On June 8, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) debuted the Las Vegas Convention Center’s (LVCC) $1 billion, 1.4 million-sq.-ft. West Hall expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by doors opening to Informa Markets’ World of Concrete, the first major convention to return to Las Vegas and to the United States post-pandemic. World of Concrete’s arrival comes on […]

Atlantic City Sees Strong Q1 Meetings Business

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Large-format, in-person meetings and events have returned to Atlantic City. Meet AC reports that more than 230,000 room nights for meetings, conventions, events and motorcoaches were booked in 2021. The DMO anticipates over 23,211 room nights and more than $40 million in future delegate spending in the months to come. “We are seeing great pent-up demand for live business and consumer […]