Baltimore to Host IAEE Expo! Expo!
Baltimore will host Expo! Expo!, IAEE's annual meeting and exhibition December 1-3, 2015. This convention was booked through Baltimore’s Synchronicities™ partnership with San Antonio and Anaheim. Expo! Expo! brings together organizers and industry suppliers for their mutual benefit through the exhibition, education and networking events.
Baltimore Meetings Break Attendance Records
Many of the groups that met in Baltimore so far this year have had extraordinary successful conventions. Several of the groups have exceeded their attendance expectations, and two have achieved record attendance:
- International Fire Chiefs (up 130% - Record Attendance)
- Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (up 59.8%)
- Islamic Circle of North America (up 32.5% - Record Attendance)
- Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (up 28.4%)
- Association of Equipment Manufacturers (up 26.6%)
- EMS Today (up 24.8%)
- Sweet Adelines International (up 23.28%)
Overall, the groups that have met so far in calendar year 2015 exceeded attendance expectations by an average of six percent per meeting. Despite the unrest in April, 2015 remains a record year for citywide conventions as Baltimore will welcome 30 groups to the city before the end of the calendar year.
Baltimore To Host First Light Festival in the United States
Baltimore will welcome a new festival in March 2016, Light City Baltimore. Taking place March 28 through April 3, this event will be the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. Light City will shine a light on Baltimore’s abundance of creative, cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary talent, and we welcome participants from across the globe to join us. Light City will have educational programming during the day, while light installations conceived by artists and live music performances will take over at night.
New Developments in Baltimore
Baltimore is experiencing an influx of exciting new developments and construction projects throughout the city. Kevin Plank, the founder and CEO of Under Armour, is currently working on expanding the brand’s headquarters to Port Covington in South Baltimore. Plank is also working to redevelop the former Recreation Pier in Fell’s Point to become a boutique hotel.
Another exciting project in the works, Inner Harbor 2.0, will upgrade many of the features of Baltimore’s beloved Inner Harbor – which is more than 40 years old. Inner Harbor 2.0 plans to add quality open spaces, parks, playgrounds, interactive water features and artwork to respond to our changing values and needs. The plan also adds landscaping and shade areas, and proposes new opportunities for enjoying the area by bike and by water.
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BWI Expands to Accommodate More International Visitors
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located just 10 miles south of the city and is easily accessible by shuttle service, taxi cab, Uber, and the Light Rail. BWI’s expansion has contributed to a 27 percent surge in international visitation. Increased international options such as Condor, WOW, and Southwest Airlines – BWI’s largest carrier – has opened the door for groups with a more international attendee base to consider Baltimore as a meetings and leisure travel destination.
Hotel Openings and Renovations
This summer, Baltimore welcomed three new boutique hotels to the city – The Ivy, Hotel Indigo and the Hotel RL. Additionally, the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court and the Hyatt Regency Baltimore both recently completed extensive renovations and improvements to their properties.
Hot Dates Available!
Consider the following 2015 ‘hot dates’ to bring your group to Baltimore, and make sure to inquire about special hotel offers and promotions available.
- October 23-28
- November 24- December 1
- December 14 – January 2
Baltimore in the News
“Great Reasons to Visit Baltimore This Summer” – Huffington Post
“America’s Best Cities for Festivals” – Travel + Leisure
“Inside the Other Washington Monument” – Condé Nast Traveler
“Focus on LGBT Travel” – Travel Weekly
“A Coffee Lover’s Guide To Baltimore” – Sprudge: Coffee News and Culture
“Let’s Travel to Baltimore!” – Hotspots Magazine
“5 free things to do in Baltimore” – Miami Herald