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Give Your Attendees a Historic Experience on Boston’s Waterfront!

Posted by Claire Dollander on May 7, 2015 12:36:54 PM

When holding your event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) or Hynes Convention Center, you may also consider other venues for off-site entertainment. Fortunately, Boston offers a variety of cultural venues that will add a spark to your event! Here are 3 examples of historic venues located on the waterfront with unique event space and scenic views of Boston Harbor:

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
The Kennedy Institute for the United State Senate recently opened its door to the public! It’s dedicated to educate the public about the important role of the Senate in our government. The institute features a full-scale representation of the U.S. Senate Chamber, interactive exhibits, and a reproduction of Senator Kennedy’s Washington D.C. office. This elegant and visionary space combines the soaring history of the U.S. Senate with a modern, sleek design by architect Rafael Vinoly, who also designed the BCEC. The venue can accommodate up to 800 people and offers complimentary shuttle from the Back Bay. Find more information on planning an event at the institute >>

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
The JFK Presidential Library and Museum is the nation’s memorial to the 35th President. The museum portrays the life, leadership and legacy of President Kennedy. Visitors can experience JFK’s 1000 days in office though re-mastered films of his iconic speeches, high-definition projections and interactive displays alongside original artifacts. The Kennedys always entertained with warmth, hospitality and grace and that spirit lives on today with their legacy. The venue can accommodate up to 600 guests and offers complimentary shuttle from the Back Bay. Find more information on planning an event at the library >>

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum 
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum commemorates Boston’s best-known act of rebellion—the dumping of chests of British tea in Boston Harbor in 1773 to protest taxation without representation. The attraction features two authentic replicas of the ships that carried the tea, a museum with exhibits that include one of the historic tea chests, and Abigail’s Tea Room, an event space with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor. The venue can accommodate up to 200 people. Find more information on planning an event at the museum >>

In addition to more event venues, the waterfront offers a growing number of restaurants and has 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 activities. Watch a short video that will give you a feel for the new and exciting Seaport District and use our Venue Finder to browse our Boston venues. There are over 350 cultural sites in Greater Boston, many with unique facilities that will work great for your event!

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5 Questions with Melody Moore, Signature Boston Sales Manager

Posted by Katie Hauser on Apr 2, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Today we’re featuring one of our Signature Boston Sales Managers, Melody Moore. Originally from New Hampshire, Melody has been a part of the Signature Boston team for four years now. Her sales specialty is booking events that are looking for space at the BCEC and Hynes Convention Center within 18 months, so her customers often have a lot of decisions to make in short time. Melody lives right in the South Boston Waterfront, and she can see the BCEC from her apartment! She was kind enough to take time out of her busy day to share her Signature Boston perspective.

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With so many options, how do you help a meeting planner find the perfect space for their event?

Many times, it will really come down to date and space availability. Our convention centers are so busy, and my clients are looking for space within 18 months, so I often have to get creative and suggest alternative set-ups (theater rather than banquet, maybe mixed seating or reception style) to help a customer see how his or her event can work in the space we have available. I like that creative side of the sales process: it often produces some very unique sets!

What has been among the most challenging requests from a Hynes Convention Center client, and how did you work to make it happen?

I had a client that envisioned their registration and retail areas in meeting rooms at the Hynes. It was an event that attracted thousands of people, long lines were expected, and we had another event scheduled to be in the building at the same time that may have been impacted, so both our operations and public safety teams had apprehensions. Ultimately, the whole team worked together to come up with a solution that satisfied everyone’s needs – put registration activities inside the exhibit hall! This worked perfectly and our customers, their attendees and staff were happy.

Tell us about one of your favorite BCEC events that you booked. What made it memorable?

I have a few favorites, but one that comes to mind has to be the “Duke University Duke Forward,” event that took place at the BCEC back in November 2014. It was an event that invited 400 Duke Alumni residing in the New England area to come together and celebrate the success of the “Duke Forward” fundraising campaign, as well as to mingle with other alums, current students, and faculty who are making a difference in Durham, NC and around the globe.

How do you personalize events?  

All customers should and want to feel special, that they’re not just another event in a big convention center. I personalize events with the help of our great team here!

For example, at both the BCEC and the Hynes, clients love the fact that our Guest Service Associates can be stationed to greet their attendees and help direct them to their destinations. It is important to clients, with our facilities being so large, that their attendees not be overwhelmed, especially if it’s their first time visiting. Our GSAs do a great job at making the overall experience more flawless for our guests and I often highlight their work on site tours.

I also want to give a shout-out to our Digital Media team. I find that many clients want to know more about how they can welcome attendees and highlight sponsors – especially when it comes to the BCEC’s outdoor Marquee. These structures are definitely an added selling point and a way to bring personalization to events.

What is the most fulfilling aspect of your job?

I would have to say that the most fulfilling aspect of my job is interacting with meeting planners on site visits around the facilities. I love having the opportunity to meet with a client face-to-face, where I can learn more about their program and help them envision it in our building. It’s a great way to showcase how exceptional our facilities are and how remarkable the Signature Boston experience is.  

When the day comes and you find out you got the sale, it makes all the hard work and long hours worthwhile!

 

 

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Top 5 Tips for Exhibitors at the BCEC & Hynes Convention Center

Posted by Katie Hauser on Oct 9, 2014 3:31:00 PM

In Boston, we know that meetings aren’t just held to get people to book hotel rooms. Meetings and conventions create opportunities for business development and for collaboration that leads to innovation. So much of that activity takes place out on the exhibit hall floor.

At the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center (Hynes), we’ve seen some of the most elaborate booth setups in the industry and have welcomed exhibitors from all over the world. We know how much work goes into planning the design, layout and service ordering for exhibit booths and, in Boston, we want to make that work as seamless as possible.

For this blog post, our amazing Exhibitor Services Department took the time to give us their Top 5 Tips for exhibitors coming to the BCEC and the Hynes. We’re sure their advice will come in handy for your next Boston convention.

Tip #1:  Keep a look out for emails from Signature Boston Exhibitor Services.

If you’re in charge of a booth on the exhibit hall floor, chances are you get A LOT of emails. We know we may be easy to overlook, but we start planning for your event months in advance which means we send you emails to let you know when online ordering has been set up for your event, to notify you when the discount deadline for services is about to end, and to remind you about those last minute loose ends such as ordering cleaning for your booth carpet. We promise to only email you when it’s important, so keep a look out for emails from ExhibitorServices@SignatureBoston.com and Sales@SignatureBoston.com.

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Our Signature Boston Exhibitor Services Team. How could you miss an email from these smiling faces?

Tip #2: In Boston, you can move your booth materials in and out yourself through our hand-carry policy.

Moving your booth in and out of a convention center can be stressful and expensive, but at the BCEC and the Hynes, our goal is to make the process smooth with flexible labor rules that provide you with options for setup and break down. You can unload your own vehicle in our loading docks using hand-operated equipment such as two or four-wheel carts. You can pack and unpack your own displays and equipment, use hand-operated power tools and plug in your own electrical and internet devices after the connection has been made. You can even run your own flat electrical cords under the carpet if you bring the cords yourself! For more information, check out our official move-in and move-out rules.

Tip #3: Speaking of running cords, in Boston we do it a little bit differently…

If you do decide to hire labor to run internet or electrical cords under your carpet, you can send your booth diagrams to the general service contractor (GSC) for your event, or to a third-party setup company. A lot of convention centers require a booth diagram so that their building electricians or technical staff can run cords for exhibitors. In Boston, our staff simply makes the main connection for power or internet, and then exhibitors can hire labor from the GSC or a third-party crew to run the cords, or do it themselves. Our staff is in constant contact with the GSC as we prep for event move-in, so we work together to make sure everything is right where it should be before show time!

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When it comes to booth setup, teamwork makes the dream work!

Tip #4: Forget something? Don’t worry! We have a FedEx Business Center onsite with everything you need.

Is there anything worse than realizing you forgot something for your booth five minutes before the doors open? Our FexEx offices are fully stocked with everything you could possibly need, from power strips to thumb drives and everything in between. The BCEC FedEx office even does sign printing onsite! And if you’re on the road or in your hotel room, you can place an online order and it will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive at the convention center. Now that’s easy!

Tip #5: Boston is a great city - make time for some fun while you’re here!

We know you’ll be working hard while you’re here, but the exhibitor services team suggests you also get out and treat yourself while you’re in Boston. If you’re at the BCEC, why not walk over to the Harpoon Brewery for a tour followed by a giant pretzel at the Beer Hall? For exhibitors at the Hynes, our team suggests Wednesday trivia night and the Guinness braised short rib poutine at McGreevy’s, just across the road from our Boylston Street entrance.

If you ever have any questions about exhibiting at our convention centers, you can reach our world-class exhibitor services team by email at exhibitorservices@signatureboston.com or by calling 617-954-2230.

We can’t wait to welcome you and your booth to Boston soon!

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Remarkable Experiences. Imagination Realized. Signature Boston.

Posted by Claire Dollander on Jul 22, 2014 10:55:00 AM

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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10th Anniversary of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center!

Posted by Claire Dollander on Jun 4, 2014 1:09:00 PM

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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Explore Boston Historic Special Event Venues!

Posted by Claire Dollander on May 8, 2014 2:19:00 PM

When holding your event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center or Hynes Convention Center, you may also consider other venues for off-site entertainment. Fortunately, Boston offers a variety of cultural venues that will add a spark to your event!

Tradition runs deep in Boston, which shows in everything from its pride in its colonial past to its devotion to the Red Sox baseball and there is no shortage of group-friendly venues that showcase the city’s unique heritage. Here are 3 examples of Boston historic venues:

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum commemorates its best-known act of rebellion—the dumping of chests of British tea in Boston Harbor in 1773 to protest taxation without representation. The attraction features two authentic replicas of the ships that carried the tea, a museum with exhibits that include one of the historic tea chests, and Abigail’s Tea Room, an event space with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor. The venue can accommodate up to 140 people. View a photo gallery showing spaces in different configurations on the museum’s website.

Boston Public Library
With origins that make it the oldest free municipal library in the U.S., the current main building of the Boston Public Library was completed in 1895 by architect Charles Follen McKim, who intended it to be a “palace for the people”. His vision was realized in grand spaces with murals, oak wainscotings, marble fireplaces and beamed ceiling designed after the Doges Palace in Venice. View a photo gallery showing spaces in different configurations on the library’s website.

Fenway Park
History and sports come together at Fenway Park, which has been home to the Boston Red Sox since its opening in 1912. Fenway offers a variety of spaces for groups, including a spacious deck above the famous Green Monster and the left-field wall. The many space choices include luxury suites with plasma screens and indoor and outdoor seating. The venue can accommodate up to 5,000 people. View a photo gallery showing the different spaces and their floor plans on the park’s website.

There are over 350 cultural sites in Greater Boston, many with outstanding facilities that will be ideal for your event. Use our Venue Finder to browse our Boston venues.

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12 Largest Tourist Attractions In and Around Boston (Part 2)

Posted by Claire Dollander on Apr 24, 2014 1:07:00 PM

Spring and summertime in Boston for conference attendees—the city is alive and there is so much to do in and around Boston! This is the second part of our list of 12 largest attractions in Massachusetts according to the Boston Business Journal. Click here if you missed the first part.

7) Boston Duck Tours
Taking a Boston Duck Tour is a fun way to see highlights of Boston in 80 minutes. The "DUCK" is an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. After seeing the main Boston’s landmarks, the DUCK goes right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, the kind of view you won't get anywhere else!

8) The Old North Foundation and Historical Church Site
Founded in 1722, Christ Church in the City of Boston, known to all as the Old North Church, is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and the most visited historical site. In addition to the Old North Church, the Old North campus also includes the 1713 Clough House, one of Boston’s oldest surviving brick residences, a chapel built in 1918 for Italian immigrants, two adjoining townhouses, courtyards and gardens.

9) Boston Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum is a private, non-profit, educational institution that offers a collection of more than 50,000 items. Designed for children and families, the exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. The museum educators also develop programs and activities that address literacy, performing arts, science and math, visual arts, cultures, and health.

10) Franklin Park Zoo
Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. The zoo opened in 1912. It contains more than 220 species of animals and includes a tropical forest with gorillas and hippopotamus, a giraffe savannah, the Kalahari Kingdom with African lions, and the Outback Trail with kangaroos among others.

11) USS Constitution Museum
USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. The ship became known as Old Ironsides during the War of 1812 when it fought the British Frigate. It was restored in 1927.  Today, you can board the ship and visit the museum, which houses the largest collection of USS Constitution-related objects assembled in one location.

12) Salem Witch Museum
Salem Witch Museum presents a dramatic look at one of the most important and tragic events in American history: the Witch Trials of 1692. Visitors experience the drama of history in life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration. Live guides take them through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, and witchcraft practice today.

Visit the Boston Attractions section of our website for more information!

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12 Largest Tourist Attractions In and Around Boston (Part 1)

Posted by Claire Dollander on Mar 26, 2014 6:18:00 PM

Spring has arrived! Trees are starting to bloom, birds are on the wing, and we are excited to spend more time outdoors and explore fun cultural activities. Springtime in Boston for conference attendees—it just doesn’t get better! The city is alive and there is so much to do in and around Boston. Here are the 12 largest attractions in Massachusetts according to the Boston Business Journal:

1) Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Located in Downtown Boston, steps away from the waterfront, Faneuil’s Hall Marketplace’s roots date back to 1742. The marketplace is actually four places in one location all set around a cobblestone promenade where jugglers, magicians and musicians entertain the passers-by. Over 40 food vendors serve local specialties in the marketplace and you can enjoy the nearby restaurants or shop for Boston souvenirs. faneuilhallmarketplace.com

2) The Freedom Trail
Put your walking shoes on! The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads to 16 nationally significant historic sites including museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, ships, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. The red brick line connects the sites on the Trail and serves as a guide. thefreedomtrail.org

3) New England Aquarium
The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium. Enjoy sea lions, penguins, sea turtles, seals, seadragons, giant octopuses, moon jellies, and much more. In addition to the main aquarium building, go on a whale watch cruise or enjoy a 3D movie at the IMAX theater. Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. neaq.org

4) Minute Man National Historical Park
Travel back in time! At Minute Man National Historical Park, the Battles of Lexington and Concord are brought to life through the preservation, restoration and interpretation of significant sites from April 19, 1775, when Colonists took up arms in defense of liberty and touched off the American Revolution. Along a five-mile trail, retrace the steps of the British through a restored colonial landscape and stop for a drink at the 18th century Hartwell Tavern. nps.gov

5) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world. The collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. It welcomes more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs. The museum is affiliated with an art academy, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a sister museum, the Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts in Japan. mfa.org

6) Cheers Boston
Cheers to you! Cheers Boston is the inspiration for the setting of the TV series Cheers with two Boston locations. The first one is the pub known internationally as the exterior of the bar and is on Beacon Hill, one of the most historical and beautiful neighborhood in Boston. The second pub is at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and was built with a replica of the TV show set. The NBC television sitcom ran from 1982 to 1993. cheersboston.com

Stay put for Part 2 and visit the Boston Attractions section of our website for more information.

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An Expanded Management Team to Make Your Boston Events Even More Successful!

Posted by Claire Dollander on Jan 16, 2014 2:07:00 PM

We want your Boston event to be as successful as it can possibly be! That’s why the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has expanded your event team of experts to include a Venue Products Manager (VPM) that will be your guide to the MCCA’s integrated portfolio of industry-leading products and services.

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

Your new Venue Product Manager will work collaboratively with your current Event Manager, who will remain your dedicated primary event partner, working with you to ensure flawless execution of every detail and overall event success. Your Event Manager will continue to oversee the logistics for securing traditional building related event services such as electrical, phone and internet for you.

The role of Venue Products Manager is an industry first. Your VPM will assist you with specific products, services and capabilities including digital displays, security and transportation services. Your assigned VPM will introduce you to our product palette so you won’t have to deal with multiple service departments.

“It’s our commitment to put the client at the center of everything we do.  This starts with our existing team of Event Managers but we wanted a new approach to how event relationships are managed in Boston, “said James E Rooney, Executive Director of the MCCA. “We are constantly seeking to improve the way we partner with our clients and the creation of Venue Product Managers is one solution. Dealing with multiple service departments and vendors can be complicated for meeting planners, and the creation of this focused position was our way of creating a new, integrated approach to delivering our industry-leading products and services.”

This expansion of our event team will make it easier for you to increase your revenue, save money and craft extraordinary events for your audiences.

Visit the Event Management page of our website for more information >>

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2014 Record Breaking Year for Conventions in Boston!

Posted by Claire Dollander on Jan 9, 2014 12:21:00 PM

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) is predicted to break two major records in 2014, hosting events generating more hotel room nights and more economic impact than ever before in the city’s history, according to MCCA Executive Director James E. Rooney. The MCCA owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center.

More than 750,000 attendees at roughly 250 events at the BCEC and Hynes are projected to spend 629,000 nights in hotels and drum up $680 million in economic activity, breaking the 2006 record of 616,000 room nights and the 2012 record of $656 million.

“Breaking these records in 2014 is more proof that Boston has arrived as a premiere convention destination in the world,” said Rooney.

Among the biggest events for next year: the American College of Rheumatology’s November convention with 38,358 room nights, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s April gathering with 35,475 room nights, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans with 33,450 rooms nights.

The year kicks off with a skating rink built at the BCEC for the Prudential US Figure Skating Championships followed by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Jan. 12-15, a group representing more than 6,000 meeting industry leaders and decision makers from around the world. In addition, 2014 marks the debut of two Boston events that will be co-owned by the MCCA—the Culinary Intelligence Summit and the Advanced Audio & Applications Exchange.

Annual events in Boston continue to thrive in 2014, including the amazing gaming conference PAX East, which sold out in November. Other annual events include Yankee Dental Congress, the International Boston Seafood Show, Anime Boston, and New England Grows.

Continuing our effort to attract multicultural conventions, Boston will also see a significant number of diversity-based events in 2014, including Sigma Pi Phi Beat Boule, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Eastern Regional Conference.

International rotating events coming to Boston this year include the World Congress on Biomechanics, The World Congress on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Telecommunications and the International Society for Computational Biology. These knowledge-based events bring thought leaders and scientists from around the world in Boston.

“The record 2014 for hotel room nights in Boston and all of our other robust activity points to the growing need to expand our capacity in the meetings and convention industry and secure our future role.“ said Michelle A. Shell, chair of the MCCA Board of Directors. “With the hopeful passage of legislation next year to expand the BCEC and the push to build more hotel space around the BCEC, we are on firm ground to break even more records in the coming years.”

Find out more about the BCEC expansion plans by visiting the Expansion Plan page of our website.

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