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December 26, 2013

Boston's Convention Center Expects Strong 2014 (VIDEO)

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is expecting to break two major records in 2014: MCCA Executive Director James E. Rooney said that the venue is poised to host events generating more hotel room nights than ever before and also to have a greater  economic impact.

2014’s meetings and conventions are projected to generate a total of 629,000 hotel room nights throughout Boston and the region, and $680 million in economic activity, the most since the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) opened in 2004. The New Year is expected to break 2006’s record of 616,000 hotel room nights and 2012’s economic impact record of $656 million.

Split between Boston’s two convention centers, 2014 will generate 390,000 room nights from BCEC events and 239,000 room nights from events at the Hynes Convention Center.

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Events generating the largest hotel room nights next year include:
• 38,358  American College of Rheumatology (Nov. 16-19 @BCEC)
• 35,475  American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (April 26-29 @BCEC)
• 33,450  International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (Oct. 12-15 @BCEC)
• 32,850  American Bar Association (Aug. 8-12 @Hynes)
• 27,780  National Science Teachers Association Annual Convention (April 3-5 @BCEC)
• 23,325  American Academy of Physician Assistants (May 27-28 @BCEC)
• 23,220  Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SIBOS) (Sept. 29-Oct. 3 @BCEC)

June of 2014 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, around the same time the center is expected to generate its 1 millionth taxi trip from the front door of the BCEC on Summer Street. “One million taxi trips means about $30 million has been spent transporting people to and from the BCEC by our taxi industry, economic activity that would have occurred in another city if not for our public investment in the BCEC,” said Rooney.  

Michelle A. Shell, chair of the MCCA Board of Directors, said that the record number of hotel room bookings indicates a need to expand the city's capacity in the meetings and convention industry. “With the hopeful passage of legislation next year to expand the BCEC without the need for new fees and taxes, and the push to build more hotel space around the BCEC, we’re on firm ground to break even more records in the coming years,” she said.

Boston in 2014

In January, the city will host the Prudential US Figure Skating Championships Jan. 5-10 at the BCEC, where a full-size competitive skating rink will be constructed, followed by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Jan. 12-15, a group representing more than 6,000 meeting industry leaders and decision makers from around the world.

In addition, 2014 marks the debut of two Boston events that will be co-owned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, a first for the MCCA and Massachusetts. On June 10, the MCCA and Intelligence Summits LLC will launch the Culinary Intelligence Summit, a conference at the Hynes focused on managing food allergens for large-scale food service operators. September 23-24, the MCCA and Sitarian Corporation will launch the Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange (A3E) at the Hynes, an international trade show, conference and social network exchange focused on new technologies that are transforming the music industry.

Annual events in Boston continue to thrive in 2014, including the PAX East (April 11-13 @BCEC), which sold out in November. Yankee Dental Congress brings 26,000 attendees (January 30 – Feb. 1 @BCEC), and the International Boston Seafood Show (March 16-18 @BCEC) and Anime Boston (March 21-23 @Hynes) are both expected to draw 18,000 attendees each. New England Grows takes place Feb. 5-7 at the BCEC, the largest and most popular horticultural and green industry event in the Northeast with nearly 13,000 attendees. The New England International Auto Show arrives Jan. 16-20 at the BCEC with an estimated 32,000 attendees, and the Progressive New England Boat Show runs Feb. 22 to March 2 at the BCEC with an estimated 41,500 attendees. Finally, HubSpot’s wildly popular Inbound 2014 conference moves from the Hynes to the BCEC from Sept. 15-18 with 12,000 attendees.

In a move to attract multicultural conventions, Boston will also see a significant number of diversity-based events in 2014, including Sigma Pi Phi Beat Boule (1,300 attendees), the National Association of Black Journalists (2,400 attendees), and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Eastern Regional Conference (2,400 attendees).

International rotating events – events that choose one American city to visit during their worldwide annual rotation – coming to Boston in 2014 include the World Congress on Biomechanics (2,500 attendees), the World Congress on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (5,000 attendees), the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SIBOS) (8,000 attendees) and the International Society for Computational Biology (2,000 attendees).  These knowledge-based global events bring thought leaders and scientists from around the world to Boston.

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