Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 9:15am
BALTIMORE, MD – February 4, 2014 – Baltimore will host a record 29 citywide conventions in 2015, marking a great start to the meetings and convention calendar and building upon a successful year for tourism in 2014 that saw both hotel occupancy and rates reach pre-recession highs. In calendar year 2015, Baltimore will welcome more than 206,000 citywide convention attendees who will utilize more than 214,000 hotel room nights and generate an estimated economic impact of $138 million.
Returning annual conventions include the Mid-Atlantic Nursery and Trade Show (MANTS), Firehouse Expo, Bronycon, the American Towman Trade Show & Expo, and Natural Products Expo East. Medical and scientific conventions including SPIE, American Society of Human Genetics, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers demonstrate the city’s continued efforts to drive more meetings into the city that reflect the top industry sectors. Notable citywide conventions that will meet in Baltimore for the first time include the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Geological Society of America and the National Sheriff’s Association.
“The Visit Baltimore sales and services team, the Baltimore Convention Center and the hotel community have worked on a collaborative strategy to drive meetings and conventions business in the city, and recent data proves that our efforts are growing and strengthening Baltimore’s hotel and tourism community,” said Tom Noonan, president and CEO, Visit Baltimore. “These citywide groups help to drive hotel occupancy and rate and support a thriving tourism community by increasing economic impact to the city’s hotels, restaurants and businesses.”
The hotel community at large also continues to show signs of post-recession growth. According to Smith Travel Research, the Baltimore hotel community ended 2014 with an average occupancy rate of 68 percent, the highest since 2005 when occupancy rates averaged 70 percent. Average hotel rates and revenue per available room are also on the rise ending 2014 at $145 and $98, respectively.
About Visit Baltimore
Visit Baltimore is the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore that generates economic benefits for stakeholders through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors. For more information, please visit http://baltimore.org.