Fox Cities CVB
A 2,500-room-night convention brought $624,990 to the area.
Aurora Area CVB
A national association convention at Timber Creek Inn & Suites in Sandwich generated approximately $165,000 to this small rural community of about 7,500. This represents the impact even a small convention or meeting can have on the local economy.
Quad Cities CVB
The Association of Business & Industry’s Taking Care of Business Conference broke attendance records, and they fully integrated their program into the community by using several venues to keep the meeting fresh for attendees. The conference drew nearly 600 people and generated $292,000 for the region.
The North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture came to the Quad Cities for their NACTA Judging Conference & Contest. The event brought 600 attendees and hundreds of students together to generate $400,000 in economic impact.
The Illinois Historical Main Street Conference held in Carbondale had an economic impact of approximately $100,000.
Peoria Area CVB
207 committed bookings from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, generated 68,195 room nights and an estimated $24.3 million for local economies.
Kiwanis International’s International Convention welcomed 7,100 attendees and created an economic impact of $7.9 million.
Chicago’s North Shore CVB
The One State for the Arts Conference welcomed 300 attendees over three days which brought $150,000 to the area.
- Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses District Conven- tion - $2 million
- Benevolent and Patriotic Order of Does Annual Convention - $500,000
- Sports Car Club of America Solo National Championships - $3 million
- State Games of America - $30 million
Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette
The Annual Purdue Road School Conference is a 1,500-person convention that is conservatively worth $675,000 to the community before registration.
Visit Fort Wayne
The Indiana Music Education Association Professional Development Conference returned to Fort Wayne for a third straight year in 2015. The three-day conference welcomed 3,000 music students, teachers, and performers to Fort Wayne, with an economic impact of $777,148.
Springfield MO CVB
The World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships had an economic impact of $1.187 million.
Waukesha Pewaukee CVB
This destination recently hosted a religious assembly for a four day conference including a one-day, in-state tour. Working closely with the host committee out of Illinois, they hosted nearly 200 women flying into their destination from all over the country. A total of 770 sleeping room nights were actualized for nearly $70,000; hotel food and beverage sales totaled more than $72,000; shuttle and tour transportation fees generated more than $5,000 in spending, and additional spending on shopping and attractions was estimated at $10,000. This particular event was hosted over a summer 74 weekend in between major destination events, filling one hotel over an otherwise quiet weekend, and it was the first time hosted in Wisconsin.
St. Cloud Area CVB
They often promote an evening dine around option for conferences to get attendees into the community and into one of their greatest assets: their businesses. This has a strong economic impact because not only does it affect the businesses that day, but it also is great word-of-mouth marketing promotion. Attendees and their friends and families often come back to the area for business or leisure and want to get the same experience they had and find themselves supporting those local businesses again. This creates a great community between meeting and conference attendees and the locals because it creates a dynamic that is lively, fun, and ever- changing. The economic impact of this and the meetings that come into the St. Cloud area are irreplaceable.
Wisconsin Dells VCB, Inc.
With their meetings and conventions they find that attendees tack on more time to the beginning or end of the event so that they can enjoy the attractions and shopping that is available in Wisconsin Dells. In addition to the direct spending that happens with each attendee staying overnight, they also find attendees enjoy coming back for a leisure trip after the conference has ended.
The meetings and events you are planning are incredibly impor- tant, not only to your clients and attendees, but to the communities welcoming you with open arms. You can take that to the bank!