It’s going to get LOUD in Albany!
ALBANY, NY -The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) welcomes more than 12,000 cheerleaders and their families from 8 states to the Times Union Center and area hotels during the weekend of November 15-17, 2013 for the Eastern Region Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championships.
According to the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Event Impact Calculator, a tool that measures the economic value of an event and calculates its return to local taxes, their weekend stay will account for:
• 4,170 room nights at area hotels throughout Albany County;
• $1,996,513 in direct spending at hotels, the Times Union Center, etc.;
• $1,335,052 in indirect spending at gas stations, restaurants, etc.;
• $270,157 in local tax revenue for Albany County.
"This event alone will pump more than $3.3 million into local businesses, hotels, transportation providers, and event facilities," states Michele Vennard, President/CEO of the ACCVB. "This is just one example of how conventions and events can bring powerful spending and tax dollars to Albany."
"There's much to see and do in Albany County and we're pleased to serve as the host county for the East Regional Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championships," said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. "The championships will have a positive impact on our downtown businesses and for the local economy."
This event is part of a three-year agreement with the Times Union Center, and will bring more than $10 million in spending and nearly $1 million in tax dollars to Albany County throughout that time.
In early 2014, Albany will welcome two other notable events to town:
• The New York State Bar Exam will take place at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center and will attract 1,300 examinees, most of which stay overnight at local hotels.
• America East Basketball Championships will also take place at the SEFCU Arena in March, attracting about 4,500 players and fans to the area.
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.