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May 6, 2015

MPI Taps Atlantic City for 2016 World Education Conference




Finally, some good news for Atlantic City: Meeting Professionals International has selected the New Jersey coastal city as the destination for its 2016 World Education Congress (WEC). The conference will be held June 11-14, 2016, at the Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center, a Caesars Entertainment property—and, reportedly, the newest and largest hotel-conference center complex from Baltimore to Boston. MPI announced its plans with Meet AC and Caesars Entertainment during a press conference this week in Atlantic City with Mayor Don Guardian and other local dignitaries.
 
Held annually, WEC is MPI’s signature event through which it delivers education, business and networking opportunities, attracting more than 2,000 attendees including corporate, third party, and association planners, suppliers, students, industry faculty and more. The association initially planned to hold WEC 2016 in Philadelphia, but recently switched the location due to changes in the space available for the conference. Next year will be the first time MPI has hosted a conference in Atlantic City and the first time in the State of New Jersey.
 
Located on the Jersey Shore, Atlantic City annually attracts more than 25 million visitors to its shores for both business and pleasure. Scheduled for completion in August 2015, the new Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center has 100,000 square feet of meeting space.
 
MPI follows a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process for all of its signature events and considers factors such as location benefits, meeting venue facilities, pricing, hotel offerings, destination accessibility, unique options and local support. The association will work closely with volunteer leaders from both the MPI New Jersey Chapter and the Philadelphia Area MPI Chapter as well as host city partners Meet AC and Caesars Entertainment.
 
“This is a strategic direction for Meet AC and for Atlantic City as we continue to diversify our mix of business. Showcasing Atlantic City to over 1,000 meeting planners and over 2,000 total attendees will definitely help us grow the meetings and conventions market,” said Jim Wood, president and CEO of Meet AC, said in a statement.
 
Michael Massari, Senior Vice President of Caesars Entertainment National Meetings and Events added that the decision "validates Atlantic City as a serious contender as a meetings destination for meeting planners across the country.”
 
This year WEC takes place August 1 – 4, 2015, in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. For more information or to register for WEC 2015, see www.mpiweb.org/wec15


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