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Published: 06/28/2017
Brenna Moore/Visit Albuquerque Office: (505) 222-4349

2017 is the Strongest Citywide Convention Year Albuquerque Has Seen in the Past Seven Years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - (June 28, 2017) - Visit Albuquerque is reporting 2017 as the strongest citywide convention/meeting year Albuquerque has seen in the past seven years.

"Visit Albuquerque continues to increase the recognition of Albuquerque within the meetings, conventions and sports industries," said Tania Armenta, President & CEO of Visit Albuquerque. "As a result of these efforts-combined with our local partners involvement and investments-the destination is currently in the midst of the strongest citywide convention year we have experienced within the last seven years."

While Albuquerque hosted several noteworthy meetings and conventions during the first half of the year, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums 2017 Mid-Year Conference in March, this statement is recently evidenced by strong back-to-back conventions taking place during the month of June, as well as upcoming conventions for July and August that will have a significant impact on Albuquerque's economy.

Below please find data surrounding a selection of these noteworthy conventions and meetings:

  • Grassroots Outdoor Alliance - 2017 Summit and Spring/Summer Show
    • Dates: June 11-16, 2017
    • Estimated Attendance: 800
    • Estimated Direct Spend: $901,101

  • North American Association of Central Cancer Registries - 2017 NAACCR Meeting
    • Dates: June 18-22, 2017
    • Estimated Attendance: 350
    • Estimated Direct Spend: $430,220

  • Lutheran Women's Missionary League - 2017 Biennial Convention
    • Dates: June 22-25, 2017
    • Estimated Attendance: 3500
    • Estimated Direct Spend: $2,699,444

  • Optimist International - 2017 Optimist International Annual Convention
    • Dates: July 4-11, 2017
    • Estimated Attendance: 1000
    • Estimated Direct Spend: $1,136,611
      • 2017 Junior Optimist International Convention (subset of Optimist International)
        • Dates: July 2-4, 2017
        • Estimated Attendance: 150
        • Estimated Direct Spend: $72,070

  • Student Youth & Travel Association - 2017 Annual Conference
    • Dates: August 25-29, 2017
    • Estimated Attendance: 1000
    • Estimated Direct Spend: $1,212,007

The range of these conventions illustrates the diversity of groups coming to Albuquerque, thus continuing to showcase and elevate the city as a premier meeting destination.

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