Conventions Bring Big Business to Albany
ALBANY, NY - The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) welcomes a number of important events and conferences to town this weekend, ensuring that Albany County hotels, restaurants, ice rinks, retailers and more will be quite busy.
The Northeastern Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists will host their Clerks & Treasurer's Meeting along with their Departmental Convention at the Holiday Inn Albany, driving nearly $200,000 in business sales and $17,000 in local taxes according to the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Economic Impact Calculator.
Meanwhile, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will host more than 3,000 guests at their annual Caucus Weekend at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center and utilize hotels throughout the county.
The Troy Albany Ice Cats and Jr. Engineers welcomes hockey participants and fans to the 21st Annual Rink Rat Tournament this February 14-17, 2014. The Albany County Hockey Facility, Hudson Valley Community College, and Frear Park ice will be used for the tournament along with several area hotels for the anticipated 1,300 participants and fans. Total business sales for this weekend are projected to be $825,500, with more than $66,000 generated for local taxes.
The Northeast Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist is part of a bigger effort to cultivate more religious conference business for Albany County. The ACCVB has been meeting with planners of religious events over the years at an annual marketplace event to bring new meeting and event business to Albany, including New York District Assemblies of God, Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), Joyce Meyer Ministries, and the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, among others.
"Albany is well positioned to attract new business many markets including religious groups," states Michele Vennard, President/CEO of the ACCVB. "These events are important in bringing powerful spending and tax dollars to Albany County."
Throughout 2014, the Albany area will welcome more than 245 meetings and events to area hotels and conference centers.
About the ACCVB:
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit www.albany.org.
Related Document: 140210_FINAL_ReligiousEconomicImpact6.pdf