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Watch a Time Lapse Video of the Boston Seaport District!

  
  
  

With more businesses locating to the Seaport Innovation District, and with the expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the addition of new hotels, the Boston Seaport District has become the largest development project in the Boston area.

The area is thriving with an ever-evolving landscape. New cranes are still rising to this day to erect office buildings, condominiums, retail stores, hotels and restaurants. Those amenities coupled with the location—across from downtown, right off the highway, and just a short subway ride to the airport—have made the Seaport a prime spot for growth.

The new stunning waterfront offers great appeal to conference attendees. The city and ocean views are spectacular and the atmosphere is at the same time peaceful and energetic, with a wide range of restaurants, chic fashion, contemporary museums, breathtaking harborside walks, green parks and concerts.

Watch a short video that will give you a feel for this exciting new neighborhood! (make sure you watch it with the music on) and visit our website for more information on the expansion of the BCEC.

Video provided by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Visit the GBCVB's website >>

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Opening Tomorrow! The Lawn on D – the BCEC’s New Outdoor Space

  
  
  

The new outdoor space of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) is opening tomorrow! “The Lawn on D” is an experimental and temporary 2.7-acre park space that runs alongside the BCEC.

This multipurpose space will allow show and conference organizers using the BCEC to host outdoor events and will officially open to the public tomorrow with a series of back-to-back kick-off celebrations including live music, a rotating display of art, and Bocce ball courts for playing rounds of Bocce ball.

The space encapsulates the experimental flavor and spirit boasted by the Innovation District. It can accommodate up to 3,000 people, provides complimentary Wi-Fi and a full bar set up. The Lawn on D will be open for 18 months, but a more permanent outdoor event space is expected to be built into the BCEC Expansion.

With endless possibilities for unique outdoor events, the Lawn on D at the BCEC will add a wow factor to your Boston event! Check out www.lawnonD.com for a schedule of events and more information about all things Lawn on D. Learn more about what the BCEC has to offer for your Boston events and find out more about its upcoming expansion by visiting our website.

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1.3 Million Square Foot Expansion Approved for the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

  
  
  
Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation that authorizes a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in the South Boston Waterfront.

The plan includes increasing the size of the facility by 60%, already the largest in New England, and the development of a headquarters hotel.

The new law authorizes a 1.3 million-square-foot-expansion of the BCEC, including substantial additions to the exhibit and meeting space, and a second, larger ballroom that will attract larger events and create substantially more calendar dates of availability for other events.

Funding for the expansion will be supported by the existing Convention Center Fund, which was created in 1997 to pay for the construction and operations of the BCEC. The Convention Center Fund revenues consist of existing tourism-based fees and taxes, none of which will need to be increased to fund the expansion project.

“The passing of the BCEC Expansion bill allows Boston to continue to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, while generating even more economic return for the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. “More major meetings and conventions in Boston allows Massachusetts to shine on a global scale and creates opportunities for business growth not just at the convention center, but statewide”

The BCEC expansion is part of the MCCA’s Top 5 campaign, which was announced in 2009 and seeks to move Boston from a top 10 meetings and conventions destination into the top five. The Top 5 campaign also calls for an increase in the number of hotel rooms near the BCEC.

The number of hotel rooms near the BCEC is expected to increase by 120 percent. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is already building two mid-priced hotels across the street from the BCEC. Expected to be completed by 2016, the Aloft Boston Waterfront will have 330 rooms and the Element Boston Waterfront will have 180 rooms. In addition, Massport and the MCCA have teamed up to develop a 1,000+-room headquarters hotel and are currently in the process of selecting a hotel operator and a developer.

Find out more about the BCEC expansion by visiting the Expansion page of our website. Learn more about new hotels and hotel renovations in Boston by visiting the Hotel section of our blog.

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Remarkable Experiences. Imagination Realized. Signature Boston.

  
  
  

When we launched the Advantage BOSTON brand and opened the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) more than a decade ago, we knew that we had much to prove as a city. A new building was not enough: we had to deliver remarkable experiences that went beyond your expectations.

Today, our success is clear: Boston is a Top 10 destination, known throughout the industry for our commitment to excellence in everything we do. Advantage BOSTON has become synonymous with all of the advantages you can expect when bringing an event to our city. Our ability to execute at the highest level is not just something we are proud of: it is our signature.

This week you will see a change in our brand. Advantage BOSTON is now:

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Signature Boston is the new name for Boston’s convention and meetings experience, and includes the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), Boston Convention Marketing Center (BCMC) and our partners in Boston’s hospitality community. Signature Boston represents all of the unique benefits and advantages of bringing your event to Boston. Those benefits include state-of-the-art, award-winning facilities, comprehensive convention center and city services, first-class hotels, a compact city that is easy to get to and easy to get around, a wide variety of dining options, many choices for entertainment, rich history and culture, and the country’s largest and most qualified attendee base within a two-hour radius.

What does the change from Advantage BOSTON to Signature Boston mean to you? It means a more seamless experience from your evaluation of Boston through the execution of your event.

We look forward to our next decade of excellence with the planned expansion of the BCEC, ongoing upgrades to the Hynes Convention Center, new hotels opening, new service offerings, and our continued efforts to provide you with the best technology in the industry.

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Visit us now: SignatureBoston.com!

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Check Out Our Newly Redesigned Boston Interactive Map!

  
  
  

You are planning or attending an event at one of our Boston convention centers—the Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center--and you are looking for hotels, off-site venues, or transportation? Our interactive map will come very handy!

It's the fastest, easiest way to get an at-your-fingertips overview of Boston's accommodations and venues.

Personalize your search! Filter our hotels and venues by different criteria to find the perfect fit. View where they are located and how close they are to our convention centers. You can zoom in or out on specific areas, view properties’ information, photo libraries, and download fact sheets. 

Our digital map is optimized for mobile devices. It’s finger friendly and easy to use on smart phones and tablets.

Try our digital map now >>

Our AdvantageBOSTON.com website showcases Boston’s two convention centers as well as Boston as a world-class convention destination. Our website offers practical information on our facilities, a calendar of events, a media gallery, industry news, testimonials, floor plans, an easy way to submit your RFP, an space finder, and more!

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Top 10 Reasons to Hold your Event in Boston

  
  
  

There are many destinations to choose from when deciding where to hold your event. We want to make it easy for you to make up your mind. Here are 10 reasons to hold your event in Boston:

1) Accessibility to Attract More Attendees
Boston offers the largest and most valuable attendee base within a two-hour travel radius of any city in the country. Boston's geographical location makes it an ideal and easy gateway for both national and international access. No city delivers faster travel times between its airport and its convention centers.

2) State-of-the-Art Convention Facilities
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is the most flexible, customer-friendly, and technologically advanced convention facility in the world. The recently updated Hynes Convention Center is the best-located major convention center in the country--right in the heart of Boston's historic district and surrounded by world-class shopping, dining, and attractions.

3) Best Hotel Solution for your Event
Our Hotel Relations Team helps you build your hotel package and is your personal liaison to the Boston hotel community. Boston Hotels provide over 35,000 rooms. Both convention centers are connected to world-class hotels.

4) Compact Size for Easy Organization
The majority of convention hotels are within a 15-minute drive of both the convention centers and Logan International Airport, and within walking distance of restaurants, shops and attractions. Getting around is fast and easy. Boston has a convenient public transportation system and is also known as "America's Walking City".

5) Award-Winning Services
All of the members of our dedicated team, which includes our building services providers, our hotel, transportation, venue and city partners, are committed to your success. Boston offers an award-winning portfolio of services to support your meetings.

6) Legendary and Historical Attractions
Boston area attractions provide your attendees with more compelling things to see and do than any other convention city in North America. It offers an incomparable mix of history, culture, entertainment and sports. Boston is America's most historic and storied city.

7) A Uniquely Rich Base of Professionals
Boston has a uniquely rich base of professionals in the most high-end vertical industries such as high-tech, healthcare, education, and finance. There are over 50 institutions of higher education in Greater Boston. Over 50% of U.S. healthcare professionals are within a 2-hour travel radius of Boston.

8) One-Stop Shopping & One Point of Contact
Your MCCA Event Manager is your single point of contact to insure that all of your building requirements are met from pre-planning through move-out and your GBCVB Convention Services Manager is your single point of contact for all of your city services needs.

9) Extensive Marketing Support
A wide range of marketing toolsincluding hi-res photos, floor plans, promotional copy, fact sheets and more, are available online for your convenience. Our team also works with you to provide you with personalized marketing materials including customized maps and letters of support.          

10) Exhibitor-friendly Participation Rules
Our participation rules give your exhibitors flexibility when setting up their booths. Exhibitors can use their full-time company employees to unpack, assemble, dismantle and pack their booth properties. They can also use their own decorator on the show floor.

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Another Prestigious Technology Award for our Boston Convention Centers!

  
  
  

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) was named a 2014 CIO Top 100 company in IDG’s CIO magazine’s 27th annual CIO 100 Awards. The CIO 100 Awards recognize 100 organizations that have distinguished themselves by creating business value through the innovative use of IT. The MCCA owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center.

“For 27 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value,” said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine and events. “Our 2014 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage.”

The MCCA was recognized for consolidating operating procedures through the development and use of custom mobile applications, reducing the number of separate business processes required for running shows from 36 to 13. Innovative mobile technology has made the sales team more effective and given all employees real-time access to the status of an event at any given time, eliminating confusion and streamlining event execution. By transferring information from paper binders to Apple iPads, MCCA staff can address customer requests during an event more quickly and efficiently.

“Implementing mobile applications enabled the MCCA to act like a private sector business and do things faster and better than our competitors,” said the MCCA’s Chief Information Officer, Steve G. Snyder. “Eventually, the idea is to let our customers browse their own historical order information through custom MCCA apps, which would accelerate the sales process tremendously.”

“I have always said that the MCCA has the most technologically advanced convention centers in the world,” said James E. Rooney, MCCA Executive Director. “When it comes to a meeting venue’s technology, today’s event planners have high expectations, and their events place an incredible demand on our IT infrastructure. Steve and his team have consistently exceeded the expectations of these events, and I’m thrilled that CIO magazine is recognizing their work. I know they will continue to display their leadership and innovation as we move into the future.”

The BCEC and Hynes were the only convention centers that received this prestigious technology award! Other 2014 CIO 100 Honorees include organizations such as AT&T, Cisco, EMC, General Motors, Siemens, FedEx, and Intel Corp. Find out more about the advanced technology offered by our Boston convention centers by visiting the Technology section of our website.

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10th Anniversary of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center!

  
  
  
This week, The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) marked the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). The MCCA owns and operates the BCEC and the Hynes Convention Center.

Representatives of the state, city, and MCCA gathered in the ballroom of the BCEC to recognize the success of New England’s largest building, now one of the leading convention facilities in North America!

We knew that Boston had what it takes to compete on the global stage and become a top convention destination. To make that happen, the Commonwealth, the City of Boston, and the MCCA came together to build one of the most successful, innovative, and popular convention centers in North America today,” said James E. Rooney, executive director of the MCCA.

“The BCEC’s accomplishments are an important part of Boston’s success story over the last ten years. Thanks to a strong partnership between the MCCA and the City, Boston has become a world-leading meetings destination that draws global attention to our leadership in in key industries such as medicine, life sciences, technology, finance, and academia,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

The BCEC was first conceived in 1997 legislation to meet the growing demand of event planners wishing to bring their events to Boston. Construction on the BCEC began in 1999, and the state-of-the-art convention facility--the most technologically advanced convention center in the world--was completed on time and on budget. The doors of the new BCEC were opened on June 10, 2004.

The BCEC and Boston realized quick success in the meetings and conventions industry. Just two years after opening in 2006, Boston broke into the list of the top 10 meetings and conventions destinations in North America and has stayed there since. In 2007, the BCEC was named Convention Center of the Year. In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013, Boston was named the top U.S. destination for international association meetings by the international Congress and Convention Association. In 2011, the BCEC and the Hynes became the 14th and 15th centers to be awarded gold standard certifications by the International Association of Congress Centers (AIPC), the highest level of certification a convention center can earn in the meetings industry.  Boston is the only city in the world with two gold rated convention centers.

In 2009, to meet the increasing market demand on the BCEC, the MCCA launched the “Top 5” campaign to expand the BCEC and develop more hotel rooms nearby the facility. Today, legislation is being considered to fund the expansion of the BCEC without raising taxes or fees. The MCCA has facilitated the development of two mid-priced hotels next to the BCEC and is working to develop a new headquarters hotel. Find out more about the BCEC expansion plans by visiting our website.

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Our Boston Convention Centers Receive a Diversity Award!

  
  
  

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) received the 2014 Rosoff Award for External Diversity Initiatives. The Rosoff Awards honor organizations in the Boston business community that are devoted to building an inclusive workplace environment, committed to supporting diversity, and providing mentoring and inclusion programs

The MCCA owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center.

The MCCA is committed to sharing our success with all of the communities in Boston who work with us every day to make the city one of the leading meetings and conventions destinations in the world,” said James E. Rooney, Executive Director of the MCCA. “We thank the Ad Club and the judges for recognizing how we promote diversity in every aspect of the work we do to bring major meetings and conventions to Boston.”

The MCCA received the 2014 Rosoff Award for External Diversity initiatives for promoting diversity through its efforts to draw more diverse events to Boston, its supplier diversity program, and support for diverse nonprofit community organizations. The award also recognizes the Authority’s steps to promote increased minority and women-owned business inclusion in the proposed expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the development of a new headquarters hotel to serve the BCEC.

In recent years, Boston has played host to a number of minority conventions such as the National Society of Black Engineers, the National Urban League, Blacks in Government, the Asian American Journalists Association, and the National Association of Black Journalists. These conferences include some of the most influential leaders in the corporate, foundation, nonprofit, entertainment and political communities and attract speakers such as Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Bill Gates.

This is the second Rosoff Award for the MCCA. The Authority took home the 2008 Rosoff Award for Marketing to a Diverse Audience for its efforts in working with diverse community and government leaders to increase the number of diverse meetings and conventions coming to Boston. Our chief of staff and director of business development, Michael D. Munn, who participated in this effort, was recognized last year as a Tourism Executive of Distinction from the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards, which is the first ever awards ceremony honoring trailblazers in black culture and heritage as an influence on tourism.

We proudly support Boston's diverse population and local businesses through a variety of community-based initiatives. Our vendor contracts require that a percentage of construction and design contracts go to minority and women-owned business enterprises. Find out more about our Community Outreach programs by visiting the Social Responsibility section of our website.

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Renovations Complete at the Boston’s Seaport Hotel

  
  
  

The Seaport Hotel has completed major renovations. All of the Seaport’s 428 guest rooms have been updated with luxurious amenities, adding many new décor, technology and guest preference features that modern business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy. The renovation and upgrades are in line with the Seaport maintaining its commitment as a world-class destination, in a world-class city.

The Seaport’s standards for environmental awareness remain high with all new energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling system and in-room recycling. The new lighting plan is complete with a master on/off switch at the bedside and front door. Each room also now has an edge-lit, 46-inch LED high-definition television. Redesigned bathrooms have added space and include enhanced lighting, walk-in showers in many rooms and fog-free mirrors. Rooms also include laptop-sized safes with interior lighting.

Guest rooms have been modernized with new wall coverings, carpeting and new furniture designed for maximum mobility for work and leisure. The rooms are designed in a classic yet contemporary style and artwork from local artists.  Guests will sleep soundly on the brand-new triple-sheeted pillowtop mattresses, topped with luxurious Frette linens and fluffy pillows. In addition to the luxurious amenities and dazzling city and harbor views, Seaport’s standard room features include complimentary wireless internet access, coffee & tea service and mini-fridges.

The Seaport’s newly expanded and redesigned TAMO Restaurants & Bar features more space, new décor and a new menu. It will continue to be a hotspot for local residents, neighbors and hotel guests alike, delivering a unique culinary approach to Boston’s dining experience.  Chef Robert Tobin has created a new menu reflecting “contemporary cuisine with a Boston accent.” TAMO will offer everything from a quintessential New England lobster roll, to an authentic sushi experience to a playful take on the city’s food truck culture.

“Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure we want your stay at Seaport to be a memorable occasion,” said Jim Carmody, Vice President and General Manager of Seaport Boston Hotel. “This complete guest room renovation and re-creation of TAMO allows our guests to enjoy luxuries and amenities they wouldn’t at home, while feeling exquisitely comfortable in our new, fresh décor. At the same time, guests can be assured they will continue to experience our renowned first-rate and friendly customer service.  This marks our 16th year and we are well poised and ready for our next decade.”

The hotel will continue its on-going sustainability efforts encompassing a variety of initiatives including over 500,000 bees providing the hotel’s restaurants with honey which is used in food & beverage recipes,  the city’s first in-room recycling program, electric vehicle charging stations, complimentary use of bicycles for hotel guests and chemical-free cleaning products.  The Seaport Hotel was named one of “North America’s Five Greenest Hotels” by Fodor’s. 

The Seaport Hotel is located in the waterfront and is walking distance to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Learn more about our Boston hotels and the great free services that we offer when it comes to building your hotel packages by visiting our website and blog. Find a very handy interactive map that shows where Boston’s convention centers, hotels and venues are located. For information on the Seaport Hotel, visit the hotel’s website.

Watch a time lapse video of the Seaport Hotel guest room renovation:

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