• Atlantic City Is Taking Meetings 'To the Next Level'

     
    POSTED December 15, 2015
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of DO AC

Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission had a fantastic year in 2015.

Just some of their accomplishments include booking two major industry shows—Meetings Professionals International and TEAMS, both who will host their 2016 events in Atlantic City.

“I am very pleased with the accomplishments that Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission have achieved in a short amount of time,” says Jim Wood, president/CEO, Meet AC. “The meeting and convention industry is vital and helps support the overall tourism industry in Atlantic City.”

In 2015, future hotel room night bookings are projected to be up 34 percent from last year; in just two years hotel room night bookings have doubled.

Future convention delegate spending is up 31 percent from 2014 and projected delegate spending is up 70 percent over the past two years. The total Meet AC projected production year end will consist of 228,986 room nights and delegate spending will reach up to $185,639,748. In addition, for every $1 of luxury tax Meet AC invested in 2015, it’s returning $23 back to our local economy.

“While serving as chairman of Meet AC, I am pleased with the growth and progress the Meet AC team has attained,” says Jeff Albrecht, general manager, Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel and Meet AC chairman. “Atlantic City is taking meetings and conventions to the next level.”

 

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

This fall, chef Jorge Guzman will open a new restaurant, Petite León, in the former Blackbird Cafe space in South Minneapolis. The restaurant will serve dishes with Mexican, Spanish, French, and American influences, that aim to be approachable, creative and delicious.